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8 Easy Ways to Make a Small Space Feel Bigger

Small room with cramped furniture

When you have a small room, you want to make the most of it. 

No one likes to feel cramped and overwhelmed in a space. So what are the best ways to utilize a small space to make it beautiful and functional?

Below are some designer tips to take your small space and make every square inch count.

  1. Go Vertical. Finding places to store items and display decorations can be challenging in a small space.  That’s where taking advantage of the vertical space can help!

    Place floating shelves on the wall. Purchase a modular storage unit for the home office, laundry room, or a child’s toy room. Place an entertainment center in the living room. Use a china cabinet in the dining room. 

    Try a baker’s rack in the kitchen. Add space to your child’s bedroom with a loft bed that leaves space for a desk underneath. Use a floor-to-ceiling bookcase to draw the eye up and keep small items organized.

    Tip – keeping shelving colours the same as the walls will help it blend in.

  2. Switch out your table lamp for a floor lamp. It will free up table space.

    Plus, the floor lamp will shine the light upward making a huge impact on the ambiance of a room.

  3. Invest in furniture that multi-tasks. Convertible furniture is extremely practical in small spaces. A murphy bed is a clever way to make a studio apartment work double time as a living space and sleeping space.

    A sofa bed can serve as an extra guest bed. A coffee table that swings up to become a desk can become an instant work space. A trunk can serve as a coffee table and storage for extra blankets.

  4. Choose a monochromatic colour. Using a monochromatic colour scheme can often make a small space appear much larger. Simple, neutral and monochromatic colour schemes will visually expand the space.
  5. Keep a clean line of sight. Link adjoining rooms with the same flooring and wall colour. Nothing should block the view into a room and to open spaces.
  6. Select a few bigger pieces versus lots of small ones.   One large piece instead of several small pieces actually decreases the look of clutter and makes a room feel bigger.

    Try to create a focal point with one prominent item or feature that will draw attention.

  7. Edit your display pieces. Think minimalist. Having too many items on display makes a space feel cluttered. Go for a select few decorations that are bigger.

    Arrange items by colour. Keep table tops and shelves tidy. If you have favorite décor you’ll miss, consider storing and switching out pieces periodically for a fresh look.

  8. Stack, fold, and tuck away. Folding furniture is usually a great option for small spaces. It takes up very little space when not in use.

    Stackable side tables take very little space and can be pulled out when needed. A dining table with a fold out leaf makes instant space for dinner guests. A stack-able washer and dryer can expand a laundry room. A folding kitchen island makes extra prep space. A convertible desk can fold up into a wall or be hidden inside an armoire.

Small spaces can be beautiful and functional too!  Hopefully these designer tips help you to make your small space feel much bigger!

Do you have a small space challenge? Write a comment below and we’ll help!