At The RoomPlace, we understand that a fact of city living is that many apartments and condos are on the smaller side. When you don’t have the room to spread out that you would in a more suburban environment, you have to be smart about your space. This doesn’t mean going without—it just means strategically picking the pieces that best suit your space and help you get the most out of it.
One of the most important pieces in any living space is the sofa. But if you’re trying to fit seating in without getting cramped, you’ll probably need to go with alternative options, like loveseats, armchairs, and recliners. Ottomans can also do as seating in a pinch, and are easy to stow away when they’re not needed.
Another item that can take up quite a bit of space is the coffee table. If you don’t have room to incorporate a lot of additional surface area, consider substituting a smaller side table or occasional table instead. Occasional tables in particular are a great choice since they often incorporate extra storage in the form of shelves or drawers underneath.
Creative use of shelving is another great way to keep spaces as open as possible and clutter at bay. Living rooms get a lot of use and typically see a lot of traffic, so you want to keep yours as organized as possible.
Tall, thin lamps are also your friend, and can be strategically placed in corners. We like the Domino floor lamp and the Remote Control floor lamp for this purpose.
Lastly, to really open up a small room and make it seem like you’re working with more space, mirrors are highly effective.
What are your secrets for maximizing on smaller living spaces?