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Choosing the right furniture to maximize your small space

Let’s face it, I bet we all would fancy luxuriating in the kind of big fancy rooms we see in magazines or on TV! But most of us don’t live in homes with spacious rooms, and some of us might not even have separate rooms to speak of.  Think studio living, aka cramming everything in one room whilst living with a bunch of room mates. If you are lucky enough to have a place on our own, chances are you are more than likely living in a small home,  small apartment, or condo with small rooms and even smaller closets. But that doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy an organized, stylish life.

All you’ve got to do is make sure that your  furniture meets your needs, and maximizes your space.

Space saving furniture, with lots of storage can help hide things away, fit into awkward spaces like corners, and if you shop intelligently, can handle more than one function.

Buying furniture with space and functionality in mind, you can now go ahead and make your space more organized and then enhance it, with a sense of style.

Things to Consider When Buying Furniture for Small Spaces

Buying space saving furniture may take a bit longer to source the right piece (at least before MySmallSpace came along!), but taking time to find the right solution will save you time replacing items you hate and have no real use for, further down the line. Here are some ideas to help you choose the right furniture for your home.

Take accurate measurements

The space your furniture occupies is important. It’s not always about having the smallest item, it is sometimes more important to find the maximum sized item for your space. Therefore, it’s important to measure any room when you’re planning on adding new furniture to. With limited space, you really want to ensure you know the square footage, measurements of your wall space, relevant heights and depths in your space. Draw it in a blank piece of paper to save for future reference.

Think about scale

Buying furniture considering the scale of the room helps to avoid the closed-in feeling that can occur when smaller spaces and bigger furniture get together. You know the problem closet doors or drawers which can’t open fully due to lack of space! You don’t have to buy miniature versions of everything, you can even go for wider, taller, as well as narrower designs or more compact sizes to make better use of your space.

Reduce the clutter

If you haven’t got somewhere to put it, it will end up on the floor, or on a chair! Remember that chair in the corner which is always overflowing with clothes meant for the washing machine or the closet? That’s the one. Choose furniture with storage to free up floor space and surfaces wherever possible, it makes it easier not leaving unnecessary items around.

Look for multi-functional furniture

Wouldn’t it be great if everything had more than one purpose? Taking up the same space but covering more than one function? That’s the beauty of multi-function furniture and home accessories. We all need a bed to sleep on at night, but do you know the bed often takes up the largest floor space in homes? So why not use the space better with a storage bed. Or if you have overnight guests occasional why not choose a storage sofa bed or a sleeper sofa instead of a regular sofa? Same floor space, but more functions…you get the idea?

Amplify light

The right finish can create the illusion of a larger space. Glass or reflective surfaces help reflect light that comes into your room, which tricks the eye, thereby giving you the impression of a bigger space. That’s why people often say mirrors open up a space, bouncing light and giving the impression of more depth.

Living Room

The living room is often the most used space in our homes. It’s the social hub. A place to sit back, relax and catch up with friends and family. Getting the right living room furniture which strikes the balance between practical and stylish, with enough seating and storage to make the room functional can be tricky to achieve – especially when you have a small living room.

But with the right space saving furniture you can achieve this while keeping your living room uncluttered. Below are some space saving living room solutions you can try out.

Sectionals

Sometimes to make more space you need to use your corners more. Adding a sectional in a corner will not only create enough seating for your space but also help make your living room feel uncluttered. But you can also use a sectional to create a living room area and divide up the space. Positioning a sectional sofa away from a wall, can enhance open plan living. Now you can create more areas within a room.

Sleeper sofas

A sleeper sofa is a must-have if you have a small living room space because it can serve as a comfy sofa when you want to sit, relax or Netflix and chill while also carrying a mattress you or your guest can roll out and stretch out on for a nap or a good night sleep.

Storage Ottoman

Things like magazines and remote controls can easily litter the coffee table but with a storage ottoman, you can easily house all of these when you’re not making use of them. They can also serve as footstools and extra seating space while adding style to your living room space.

Nesting tables

Nesting tables are compact, unobtrusive and versatile. Opting for nesting tables in your living room saves you a lot of floor space because they fit one inside the other. You can have three tables that only take up the space needed for one. This way you spread them throughout the room when you need them, use them independently and then store them cleverly when not needed anymore.

Floating shelves

When floor space is limited, then it’s best to use the wall spaces.  And a nice looking floating shelf in your living room serves the perfect purpose for placing decor piece that calls to be displayed.

Corner Bookcases

If you have lots of books scattered around your living room space, then a bookcase placed at the awkward corner of your living room can serve as a good spot to place them. This will create enough floor space for other furniture while keeping your living room organised.

Corner TV Stands

For a living room with limited space, compact furniture is essential to keep rooms uncluttered and well-organized. To enhance your viewing experience while maximizing the space available to you a corner TV stand is a piece of furniture to invest in.

Bedroom

The bedroom is our sanctuary, it’s a room in our home where we relax and unwind with our loved one, and of course, get some good rest. A good night’s sleep aids brain function, promotes good mood and even slows down ageing – which is the more reason you should make sure every furniture in the bedroom is such that promotes comfort while maximising as much space as possible. Below are some space-saving furniture that can help make your bedroom comfy and cosy.

Storage beds

A storage bed is perfect for your small bedroom because it gives you a place to lay your head and rest while also giving you storage options for your bedding and clothes. The multifunctional feature of this bed helps keep your space organised and uncluttered, thereby freeing up space you would have used for extra storage.
If you don’t have space for a large scale bed, then consider a smaller scale full bed.

Folding beds

A folding bed is the best solution when you get lots of guests but live in a small space. It gives you or your guest the option of unfolding it to have a good rest and also folding and storing it away when not in use.

Floating Nightstands

Floating nightstands can be the perfect solution for freeing up valuable floor space. When shopping for floating nightstands go for those with ample storage to help you hide away things like jewellery, gadgets, or books which would normally clutter your bedroom.

Corner Armoire

Corner spaces in bedrooms are mostly left vacant, but fitting a corner armoire into that unused space will help you maximise your small space while giving you enough storage to keep your clothes, and other possessions.

Narrow Dressers

If you’re low on storage space then a narrow dresser will be the perfect addition to your small bedroom, because it takes up little space while carrying enough drawers to keep your stuff organised.

Compact vanity tables

Dress yourself up as a celebrity before stepping out with compact vanity tables that bring a clean and modern style to your small bedroom space. Consider going for those with drawers where you can store everything you need to get ready for your day.

Corner vanity tables

You can save space without having to compromise on your beauty station with corner vanity tables. Fitting neatly into a corner of your small bedroom, corner vanity tables take up just a fraction of the space a traditional table would take up but still gives you plenty of room for your cosmetics.

Wall mounted clothes racks

In a small bedroom, there is no better place to hang your clothes order than on a wall mounted cloth rack. It keeps your clothes neat and tidy while freeing up the floor space below for other furniture pieces.

Over the door shoe rack

Making use of awkward spaces in your bedroom is a good way to maximise your space. Keeping your shoes in a rack that is hung behind your door will help store your shoes perfectly while keeping your space organised.

Under the bed shoe storage

Keeping your shoes in storage containers that can fit under the bed is a good way to keep your bedroom space tidy without having your shoes scattered all around your room.

Kitchen and Dining

When you think about your small kitchen and how you can fit all the furniture and appliances you need into it, you can’t help but just give up. But that shouldn’t be the case, the fact that your kitchen is small doesn’t mean you can’t have what you need.

One of the things you need to consider when looking for furniture and appliances for your kitchen is to go for those that are space saving and can fit into the small space in your kitchen. Below are some you can consider.

Folding Kitchen & Dining Room Sets

A folding kitchen and dining room set is the perfect dining table option when space is limited in your kitchen. It makes so much sense because it allows you the luxury of enjoying a meal on a comfy dining table, while also being able to fold it up and hideaway to free up space you need to move around.

Stowaway Kitchen & Dining Room Sets

The stowaway dining set just like the folding dining set is practical. It provides plenty of space for you, your family and friend to sit on an enjoy your meals. It is also very much space saving because you can easily stowaway the chairs or stools into the table to form a compact unit that takes up very little space in your kitchen.

Space saving dishwashers

If you need a space saving solution for cleaning your dishes then built-in or countertop dishwashers are what you need. This is because built-in dishwashers like the name says are designed to fit under the counter while doing the same job as their full-size counterparts, Countertop dishwashers, on the other hand, are compact and can be placed on top of your kitchen counter.
Having either of these in your small kitchen space saves you valuable space while helping you keep your dishes clean.

Portable Washers & Dryers

If you don’t have space or set up big enough for a full-sized laundry set up, then a portable washing machine can help you cut down on time spent hand washing your clothes.
Typically smaller and taking a lesser space than traditional washers, portable washers and dryers use a sink hook up or buckets of water to wash and rinse your clothes, they can be tucked into a utility closet when not in use.

Mini Fridges

Mini fridges are designed with portability and convenience in mind. So if you need a cooling solution for your meals and drinks in a small kitchen space then a mini fridge is the right choice.

Drawer freezers

When you do not have ample space for a regular-sized freezer, then drawer freezers are a good consideration. Designed with small spaces in mind these compact freezers can do the job of a regular freezer while just taking up small space under your kitchen counter.

Handheld vacuum cleaners

Handheld vacuum cleaners are compact and generally take up less space than their standing counterparts. Although smaller these vacuum cleaners are efficient and the perfect fit for your small space.

Ranges

A range can be space saving and multifunctional because it provides you with a stove and an oven to prepare your meals without having to buy two different kitchen appliance that will take up more space in your kitchen. When shopping for a range for your small kitchen go for those that are slim or compact so they can swiftly fit in between the small spaces in your kitchen counter.

Small kitchen island carts

A kitchen cart is the equivalent of a kitchen island but for small spaces. They are perfect for adding much-needed prep space and storage needs in your small kitchen. A small kitchen island cart is a great option for making the most of the spare square footage in your small kitchen. The wheels under it make it easier for you to move it wherever you want it.

Pull Out & Under Counter Trash cans

In as much as we would love to have a place in our kitchen where we can easily dispose of solid waste, we do not want it open and making our kitchen space cluttered. A pull 0ut under counter trash can provides you with a place to dispose of waste while keeping your kitchen organised, All you need to do is pull out, drop your waste and close.

Space Saving Ironing Boards

Keeping our clothes clean and ironed is important but it can be difficult when you’ve got limited space to place your ironing board. In cases like this, space saving ironing boards like those that are built into a cabinet, those that can be used on a table or those that are attached behind a door will be a perfect solution choice to add into your space.

Home Office

With the pandemic, working from home has become the new norm. Most of us are looking for innovative ways to carve out a home office from our small space, and what better way to make this happen other than getting home office furniture that can fit into awkward corners of your space, on the wall, or those that can be easily folded and hidden away after the days work. Check out some them below.

Corner desks

Productivity is possible, even in the smallest of spaces. And if you’re space-challenged, there’s no better place to set up your small home office than in an awkward, unused corner of your space. For more functionality consider going for those with drawers to store away work tools that may clutter your space.

Ladder desks

Ladder desks have a very minimal footprint, so they don’t need much floor space. The worktop is sufficient for a laptop and the additional shelves above provides extra storage. If you live in a small space, a ladder desk would slot into a nook, and you would barely notice it was there.

Wall desks

Living in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have an efficient and organized work area. Simply getting a wall desk that fits on any chosen area of your room wall will serve as the workspace you need without imposing on your limited floor space.

Folding desks

Folding desks are perfect for small spaces. Not only do they maximize square footage by neatly folding away when the room is needed for other tasks, but they also allow even a cosy corner of your space to be turned into an effective home office.

Hideaway desks

With a hideaways desk, you can smoothly camouflage or hide your workspace or worktop behind an armoire or a dresser. This way your workspace doesn’t take up much floor space but yet providing an area you can work productively from.

Folding Chairs

After finding a home office desk that suits your small space you still need a chair to sit on. Getting a foldable chair to go along with any of the above desks you’ve selected will work wonders in your small space. All you need to do after work is to fold your chair and hide it away to free up space.

Bathroom

corner bathtub

Most bathrooms are generally built small and as such, we need to make sure we make good use of the space we’ve got available. The best way to make proper use of the space available in a small bathroom is to utilize the awkward corners and wall spaces that are mostly left vacant. Check out some of the space saving furniture you can try out.

Over the Toilet Storage

In most bathrooms, the space above the toilet goes unused, but it doesn’t have to be this way. With storage cabinets and shelves that are designed to fit around your toilet, you have an opportunity to take advantage of this valuable wall space. Over the toilet storage are especially useful in small bathrooms.

Corner Bathroom Cabinets & Shelving

Small spaced bathrooms must have a great deal of innovation to keep it organized. Corner bathroom cabinet and shelving is a great solution for an effective space saving storage. They can be mounted, hung or simply just occupying the smaller angled spaces in your small bathroom.

Shower Caddies

Update your shower without spending so much with space saving shower caddies that are ready to hang on the wall or from the existing head of your shower. When buying a shower caddy, go for those with a spot for everything from soap, toothbrush, sponge, shampoo and lots more.

Medicine cabinets

If your bathroom countertop is cluttered up, then a medicine cabinet, which is essentially a mirrored cabinet that can help you store your toothbrush, toothpaste, razors, make-up and prescriptions is all you need. they can be hung on the wall above your vanity, thereby saving you space and helping organize all your small items in one hidden place, so your bathroom looks nice and clean.

Free Standing Bathroom Storage

Free Standing Bathroom Storage is a discreet solution for bathroom storage. They fit into narrow spaces and provide you with ample toilet storage. They can be used to store tissue papers, toiletries, bathroom cleaners and more while the top can be a spot to place your decorations.

Vanity bases

Fitting a cabinet or storage unit under your vanity unit is the perfect way to utilise the floor space under it while creating ample storage space for you to keep your toiletries. With a vanity base, you can effortlessly keep your countertop and bathroom free from clutter.

Corner bathtubs

Having a bathtub ready for a relaxing soak is something most of us look forward to, but having a small bathroom space can be a hindrance when it comes to installing a bathtub But with a corner bathtub fixed to one corner of your bathroom, you can still enjoy a relaxing soak without cluttering your small bathroom space.

Corner basins

Corner basins are great for when space is at a premium. They tuck neatly away into a corner in your bathroom, making the absolute most of all available space without taking up much of your small bathroom floor space.

Wall hung toilets

If you’re looking to keep your bathroom clean while saving precious floor space, Then a wall hung toilet is the perfect option. With its concealed tank and minimal footprint, a wall hung toilet gives your bathroom a stylish look while keeping it spacious and uncluttered

Corner toilets

If you have a smaller bathroom and want to maximise the amount of space available, then a corner toilet is what you should consider installing. Cleverly designed, these toilets come with a triangular-shaped cistern that fit properly at a corner of your bathroom allowing for more space to fit in any other furniture you would love in your bathroom.

Entryway

entryway storage bench

The entryway is the first area guests see when they enter your home. It can set the tone for the rest of your house, so a small entryway should not stop you from setting it up nicely. When it comes to having an inviting and well-decorated entryway, constraint drives creativity, so if your thinking about updating your small entryway, then these space saving furniture will help you realize a space that’s both balanced and beautiful.

Wall Hooks & Coat Racks

A wall hook or a coat rack fixed to your entryway will provide you and your guests with a handy spot to hang your possessions without cluttering your entryway.

Hall trees

A hall tree is a perfect way to add an attractive piece of furniture to your entryway that combines multiple functions into one. It’s space saving and provides you with a place to hang your clothing, a bench to sit on while taking off your clothes and storage beneath the bench to store your stuff.

Entryway Storage Benches

If you need additional storage in your small entryway, then a storage bench is the perfect furniture for you. Besides giving you ample storage, benches like this provide you with a seat for when you quickly want to take off or put on your shoes.

Outdoor

Style isn’t strictly an indoor affair, but occasionally we forget the potential of our gardens as sanctuaries for entertaining and relaxing. If you’re working with a small patio or deck, you may not think that you have the room for an outdoor entertaining space. But with a little planning and creativity, you can turn your space into the perfect spot for a morning cup of coffee or a summer barbeque with friends.

So enhance your small space with furniture that makes you want to relax and linger longer in your outdoor space.

Folding garden tables

Picking the right furniture when space is limited can be a difficult task to complete, but with folding garden tables, you get the ideal solution for limited garden and outdoor space. They provide you with the option of folding down when not in use to save a huge amount of space. To further free up space you can make sure your outdoor dining table, side table, and coffee table are all foldable so you can pack it all up and store away when not in use.

Folding garden chairs

A small outdoor space doesn’t mean you have to call it quits with outdoor relaxation. Getting a folding garden chair allows you the liberty to relax or enjoy a cup of coffee in your garden and also to fold them up when they are not in use to free up space.

Outdoor storage

For small outdoor spaces, multifunctional furniture is the way forward. Invest in garden furniture that can also be used as storage for outdoor cushions, blankets, etc. For example, a deck box that provides ample storage space and doubles as an outdoor bench will do your small outdoor space lots of good.

Stackable Patio Dining Chairs

If you are tight for space in your garden, or you just want to keep some extra chairs or stools handy for hangouts, family get-togethers and unexpected guests, then stackable dining chairs could be the answer.  These chairs and stools can be popped one on top of the other and easily stored out of sight until they are needed.

Need more inspiration?

Visit our Living room section > Living room

Visit our Bedroom section > Bedroom

Visit our Kitchen and dining section > Kitchen and dining

Visit our Home office section > Home office

Visit our Bathroom section > Bathroom

Visit our Entryway section > Entryway

Visit our Outdoor section > Outdoor

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