Arranging furniture in a new, smaller space doesn’t have to be a daunting task; in fact, it can be fun! You might need to think outside the box, but it’s an enjoyable way to get your creative juices flowing without calling a professional.
Here are some tips to get started on turning your tiny space into one that is full of life.
Find Your Light
Everyone knows that using mirrors can reflect space, therefore giving the illusion of a larger room. However, utilizing light in a room can provide a similar effect. Make sure large couches and headboards aren’t blocking any windows, and optimize sitting areas near light sources. This provides a nice nook for reading while not blocking the natural light. With more light coming into a room, it’s easy to feel a bit of the outdoors inside, which makes the area feel much larger. This is also a great excuse for bringing in some nature with indoor plants. If you lack natural light, add decorative string lights to the edge of a bookshelf or headboard to add a bit of warm ambiance along with a few tableside lamps.
Include Open, Airy Bookshelves
Avoiding clunky and overly large pieces of furniture is a must. Look into buying shelving that doesn’t have a boarded back. This provides a bit of a floating illusion to your books or other showcased items. Being able to see through pieces lightens the space. These types of larger bookshelves, for instance, can also double as room dividers. It’s open without being too divisive in an enclosed space.
Sketch Your Plan
It’s much easier to see the vision you have for your space when it’s laid out on paper. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, but a quick sketch with measurements allows you to place the major pieces of furniture and then visualize what accessories can be arranged in the leftover areas. It’s also a great way to keep your design organized by adding notes, such as ideas for paint colors or what fabrics to use.
Invest In Larger Pieces
If you’re designing a living room, invest in the couch. For example, an L-shaped couch adds a bit of division to an open floor plan but also becomes the centerpiece. The same goes for any other room-stick to buying only the major pieces first and accessorize later. By using only the main pieces that are necessary, it’s easier to judge exactly how much space you have for other items and what is or isn’t truly essential.
The best way to have a unique yet functional small space is to buy unexpected pieces of furniture. Need a smaller nightstand? Think about buying an end table without drawers and using it as a nightstand in the bedroom. The open shelving will allow for decorative items to be displayed or colorful bins to add some eclectic storage options. Benches can be used for seating up against walls, which keeps traffic areas open. Even smaller bookshelves can be used in place of nightstands or bathroom storage. These options are not only functional, but they also give character to smaller rooms.