How to Maximize a Small Living Room

April 8, 2020
Maximize a Small Living Room

Is your living room a little tight on space? Do you find it difficult to furnish or even move around because of ill-placed pieces? Then it’s time to make some changes.

The thing is, small living spaces can make it tough to furnish and decorate. They can also feel cramped, which doesn’t always necessarily translate into a cozy space. Luckily, there are some tricks you can employ to help maximize the space in your small living room and make it feel bigger than it really is.

Hang Mirrors

It’s easy to feel closed in with a small room, especially if there are minimal windows. But you can dramatically increase light and mimic the feel of extra space by hanging mirrors throughout the space. Ideally, you should hang a mirror across from a window (if one is available) so that whatever natural light is coming in can be reflected off the mirror and travel throughout the room, making it look bigger and brighter than it really is.

Use Double-Duty Furniture

Adding furniture pieces that double as storage space can help cut down on clutter and other pieces that you no longer require. These days, it’s easy to find pieces like hollowed-out ottomans that provide plenty of extra space for blankets, pillows, or magazines. Or choose a coffee table or end table that has built-in shelving to do the same.

Choose Vertical Storage Pieces

If square footage is cramped, the least thing you want to do is line every available spot on the floor with some sort of storage piece. Instead, think vertical with your storage. Use all the space you have available on your walls right up the ceiling to house your belongings while making a decorative impact at the same time.

Tall shelving units can save a lot of that precious floor space. Plus, hanging shelves and art vertically can draw the eye up and make the ceilings look taller, which can, in turn, make the space appear larger.

Choose Smaller-Scale Pieces

Bulky and plush sofas and loveseats might be OK in a larger room, but they’ll overtake a smaller one. For your small living room, choose pieces that are smaller-scale and more streamlined to maximize space.

Use Transparent Pieces

Lucite, acrylic, and glass is big these days, so consider using pieces made with these materials, which will take up no visual space at all and can thus open the room up.

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