“Furniture hacks can transform your living space into different configurations for a lot of different purposes. Here’s some cool decorating ideas to make your living space awesome.” – Zoomy
Lack of space for your furniture is a real challenge for everyone who lives in a small condo or apartment. And often, there’s just not enough room for all the things you might like to use when decorating.
If you prefer an uncluttered livingspace, our last blog post, Create A Multi-Purpose Area In Your Small Livingspace shows a valuable space-saving tip.
In it, we suggest using an area rug to define the space in front of your bed or couch. It can transform Presto Change-o, into anything from an indoor picnic area to a private yoga studio.
Before we take a look at actual furniture pieces, let’s discuss a few techniques to make your small space appear larger. The first step is something that we always dread thinking about… de-cluttering. Let’s face it, most of us have too much stuff that we don’t even need. I’m not hating on your high school soccer trophies or your VHS collection, but more often than not, they have to go. Deciding what is really necessary and letting go of the non-essentials can be very liberating. And it can free up tons of space in your small area.
In small urban apartments and studios, we may not have room for all of our tables, chairs, beds and other furniture that we would have in a larger home. When space is at a premium, it really makes sense to have items in your living space serve multiple purposes. By investing in multi-use furniture, we get the comfort and utility of a larger home, without sacrificing valuable living space.
Choosing furniture that doesn’t take much room is a good place to begin when decorating. If it can do double duty, all the better!
The Mascotte table, seen above and below, from Calligaris, is simple to adjust and has wheels that make it easy to move. It fits in with modern furniture decor without overwhelming with its lines.
Incorporating an ingenious decorating device, the table can convert from a standard coffee table size to dining table height, expanding your dining and entertaining possibilities.
Furniture Solution – A New Take On A Traditional Design
The space-saving Gateleg Table below is a type of expanding table that was first used in England in the 16th century. The table top has a fixed section with hinges and “flaps” which lift and lock in place to provide more table surface area.
This interpretation by Ikea, boosts a flavor of Scandinavian furniture, with drawers added for flatware and napkins and seats four comfortably.
Space Saving Entry Bench
Storage is always at a premium in a small livingspace. This 34″ wide seat made of dried mango wood hosts two cubbies that are perfect for storing shoes and school books.
The legs are removable and have adjustable levelers to help keep the seat steady on an uneven floor surface. It is BPA and lead-free and easy to clean.
Speaking of storage – the answer to book storage in a small living space is to go vertical. What you don’t have in horizontal wall space you can make up with in a vertical shelving unit.
The modular design of this Sawyer Mocha Leaning Bookcase from Crate&Barrel means you can combine a single unit with two or more to create a group bookcase. Or stand it alone in the corner of your bedroom.
Decorating With Space Saving Furniture
These DYI Floating Shelves are from A Beautiful Mess, a company focused on the creative lifestyle. They lift your eyes up to give an illusion of more space. And they give smaller keepsakes a place to land without cluttering horizontal desk surfaces.
Another great use of vertical space is to hang your lamps from the ceiling. Pendent lamps free up valuable real estate on the ground where a floor lamp would normally go, and can add great deal of aesthetic value. There are many DIY kits available to safely install these yourself (without needing a degree in electrical engineering).
This versatile Leighton Wall Lamp and Adjustable Sconce below slides up and down. Angle it where you need the light most. When you’re done, simply fold it up. It’s the perfect space saving light fixture for a small living space.
Don’t be intimidated by the challenge of living in a small space! If you properly employ the principles of decorating with multi-use furniture, you can get the feeling of a larger space on a much smaller budget.
Simplify your life and transform your living space today!
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