There is an abundance of designer tricks you can use to make the best use of your space, even if it’s small. Whether you live in a small house or apartment, fitting everything you need is difficult.
Trying to fit everything while making it look decorated is an even bigger challenge.
However, that is what makes small spaces much more exciting to design. Coming up with clever solutions to those obstacles makes it all the more rewarding in the end. If you are looking for a solution to get more out of a tiny room in a small house or apartment, these small space design ideas will make it feel so much larger, while maintaining style.
Seven Ways to Maximize a Small Space
Here are seven ways to maximize a small space, and do so within a budget.
1) Paint the Walls White
Before moving into your new home, or remodeling your current house, choose light greys and whites. Light colors will give the room a lighter, brighter base that allows furniture and accessories to stand out.
As with all colors, white and grey have an associated temperature, mood, light reflectivity, and style that will completely open the space and keep it feeling crisp and fresh. A clean, white paint will further optimize the light of the space, while keeping things cool.
In addition, stylized furniture adds just a little touch of color to warm things up or tone them down.
2) Choose a Smaller Sofa
A smaller living room doesn’t mean you have to give up on the style. Choose a contemporary, modernist sofa that is inspired by splayed legs of mid-century modern design.
Sectionals are a good option for small spaces since you can choose the pieces that fit your needs and space. Many of today’s sectionals have motion features for comfort, as well as inserts for cup holders and storage.
3) Control the Clutter
To maximize small spaces, invest in a chest, cabinet, or armoire to provide the extra storage you need. Nothing makes a room appear smaller than the clutter of papers, clothes, and electronics.
A stylish storage unit can add decor to your home while giving you the space you require for your things. For bedrooms that are short on linen closets, a storage bed is a perfect solution. Choose a style you like and the size you need.
Make use of the storage drawers beneath the mattress and keep your sheets and blanket out of sight when they are not in use.
4) Maximize the Home Office
Due to the pandemic, many of us are working out of our home office. It makes sense to maximize the space, especially if the office is in the corner of the bedroom or living room.
Many home office furniture collections offer a hutch for books, folders, and files to sit on top of the desk. Other home office storage pieces include matching file cabinets that go under the desk and bookcase.
One of the most important components of any remote-work setup is a good desk. Modular office systems or a compact desk can make it easier to create a workspace that fits not only your needs but also your floor plan.
When there is an opportunity to eliminate cords, invest in wireless printers, keyboards, and mice to help tidy you and organize your space for improved productivity. Some furniture has built-in cable-management systems, and will keep everything else in place and out of the way.
5) Choose Furniture That Serves Multiple Purposes
Regardless of the size of your home, it’s difficult to include every object that you may or may not need at some point. For those who live in a small space, having too much furniture in the house is not exactly practical or necessary.
Choose furniture that can be combined and reconfigured in many different ways. This offers maximum efficiency and functionality while taking up minimum space.
6) Incorporate Reflective Materials
Opt for white lacquered walls and glossy ties. High-shine materials are reflective and will generate the same maximizing effect that a mirror will, resulting in bouncing light and making for a generally open space.
7) Shrink Your Dining Table
Small round tables aren’t just used for breakfast nooks. Get rid of the giant dining table and give yourself some extra space by opting for a small, round dining table instead.
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