Furniture for Small Spaces by Designers. Small-space design does not have to entail abandoning your particular flair. It simply means that proportions must be considered. These furniture pieces are recommended by our professional designers for creating a tiny space.
The last thing you’ll want to do is spend time in your tight and crowded living room, family room, or sitting room. Unless you deceive your eyes into believing the space is larger than it seems. It’s not magic; it’s just a well-thought-out design and layout technique. Prepare to save all of these ideas and change your little living room into a relaxing, fashionable retreat for you and your family. With these designer samples as a guide, you’ll fall in love with the place and never want to leave.
When shopping for furniture for a tiny space, look for curved pieces that will not disturb the flow of the space. The Drum Pouf by Design Within Reach is the ideal furniture piece for tiny rooms, serving as both an ottoman and a coffee table. Two were placed in this Westchester family’s reading room.
Desk for Campaigns
Choose furniture that can simply collapse or fold away when decorating a tiny room. Consider a campaign desk if you wish to add a little office to your home.
Sconces and light fixtures
Your home must have adequate lighting. Floor lamps and side lamps, on the other hand, take up valuable space. Consider using sconces instead of freestanding lamps when decorating for a tiny room. Check out how we used two Crate & Barrel sconces to create more room in this Upper East Side beach house.
Console made of Lucite
When it comes to choosing furniture for tiny spaces, the quality of the material is crucial. We adore the aesthetic of lucite in compact spaces. It’s not as physically imposing as a more opaque material, and it has a completely modern appearance. Check out the lucite console we used in this Upper West Side formal room from Interlude Home.
Mirror with Convex Surface
If you’re looking for a technique to make your small areas appear larger, try using a mirror instead of wall art. Check out the Restoration Hardware convex mirror we used in the foyer of this light-filled apartment.
Stools with a Low Back
Choose low-profile pieces that won’t obstruct sightlines while shopping for furniture for compact rooms. Check out the Y Living low-back bar stools we used in this Westchester family’s house.
Chairs with no arms
A large, comfortable armchair is ideal for unwinding at the end of the day. Consider slender, armless chairs for smaller settings, such as a breakfast nook. We chose two armless dining chairs from Article for the breakfast nook of this light-filled apartment to keep the space looking open and airy.
The table in the Foyer
Consider the entryway if you’re seeking different ways to include a home office. A Bertram console table from All Modern was put in the foyer of this Hoboken family house. The room instantly turns from a stylish entryway table to a useful home office with the addition of two backless stools.
Install Intelligent Lighting
To conserve space on the floor, use lighting that can be mounted to the walls or hung from above, as seen in this room created by Tamsin Johnson Interiors. Swing-arm sconces also free up floor space while adding depth to the walls, which is great for tiny living spaces.
How to Make a Barn Door
The term “tiny” takes on a whole new meaning in city apartment living. Designer Shari Francis, on the other hand, has a slew of tricks up her sleeve to get around limiting floorplans. Tip number one: Use a sliding barn door to separate an alcoved bedroom from an adjoining living room to increase privacy and create separate places for different activities (it’s a reasonably DIY job, and there are many cool, affordable options on Etsy, like this one). Second, a smaller sofa is preferable to a large one that takes up the entire space, and one armchair is preferable to two if you want to keep a walkway clear plus, asymmetry is elegant.
Replace a sofa with club chairs.
If you don’t have enough room for a sofa and club chairs, opt for two plush armchairs, as designer Jae Joo did in this sitting area. If there is a fireplace, point them towards it to encourage pleasant gatherings and conversation while also drawing attention to it.
Select a Large Rug
Choosing a larger rug, especially one with a strong design, is a method for making a room feel more spacious. As seen in this room designed by Katie Ridder, corner seating can also help you get more out of your space.
Make the Most of High Ceilings
You may get a lot of mileage out of high ceilings even if you don’t have a lot of square footage of surface space. To make the most of that vertical space, use high drapes and a show-stopping wallpaper, as shown in this room created by Catherine Bailey. Curtains hanging high over a window also lend height and airiness to a tiny space. Maintain a simple curtain design while adding extra fabric for fullness.
Shelving that is built-in
Build-in shelves for extra decorative and/or storage, whether you inherit a home with an inconvenient nook or you’re renovating an existing area (floating shelves are also an alternative if you can’t build in). Alternatively, make the bottom shelf large enough to serve as additional seats. As Robert McKinley Studio did here, keep them the same colour as the wall.
Decide on a dark paint colour.
Simple, clean-lined objects and even vibrant, bold items look elegant against dark, glossy walls. Make the most of the limited space by making it feel like a jewel box. Then, as with this modest living room created by Andrew Felsher, have fun with brighter furnishings everywhere.
Experiment with scale.
In a little place, don’t be afraid to make a huge statement. Clutter should not be confused with well-curated collections or dramatic design moments. We love how the over-the-top, formal chandelier provides contrast and curiosity in this modest living space created by Leanne Ford Interiors.
Fill the Space
Although this goes against some of our previous suggestions, when done correctly, you can fill a room with furniture without it seeming cramped or congested. Take, for example, this living room by Heidi Caillier. The comfortable modular seating (sectional and chair) fits perfectly in the area, while the neutral carpet, grasscloth wallcovering, and thick curtains add to the feeling of intimacy and warmth. The coffee table gives surface space but disappears aesthetically, and there’s no need for a floor lamp when a similar sconce can be attached.
Use Unusual Furniture
Select furniture and decor that complements your smaller area while also assisting you in achieving the desired aesthetic. Instead of cluttering the floor with a squat side table, Anthony Dunning placed a slim, tall pedestal into the corner to prop up a huge flower arrangement and bring the eye up, emphasizing height.
Display artwork in a strategic manner.
Bring your artwork to the ceiling to deceive the eye and enlarge or enhance the room’s height. A gallery wall may appear overly cluttered for a tiny area, but if it reaches the ceiling, it can actually make it feel larger.
Low-seating seating can be used in a variety of ways.
The visual effect of a lower sofa or settee produces the illusion of higher ceilings. Playing with scale and proportion, such as placing a small side table next to a daybed, can also help. To make it comfier for lounging, simply add pillows.
Seating can be customized.
If you have an awkwardly shaped and small living room but believe you’ll be staying there for a long time, handcrafted furniture that suits and elevates the area is a good investment. Reath Design’s curving sofa in a light-filled sitting area is proof enough.
Take a cue from this stylish tiny nook developed by Romanek Design Studio if you’re trying to turn a little bonus area into a compact living room. Banquette seating transports you to a speakeasy or a European train car in an instant (we’ll take either). If you put a classic game on your coffee table, you’ll get bonus points.
Maintain a Consistent Color Story
As we’ve previously stated, just because you have a little space doesn’t mean you can’t use colour. If you want to incorporate attractive pastels or vibrant brights into your living space but don’t want it to look cluttered, adhere to a limited colour pallet. Mixing patterns is also acceptable, especially when done as well as Ellen Kavanaugh did in this cheery room.
Your Walls Should Be White
To lighten up the space, paint the walls and ceilings white. Large black-and-white artwork, like shown in this space created by Andrew Flesher, is eye-catching but won’t add clutter.
Make Your Furniture Float
Refrain from cramming all of your furniture against the walls. Making space behind the furniture makes the room appear larger than it is. In this room created by Leanne Ford, an antique stool complements the Chesterfield sofa.
Place a Chair on the Wall
Swing chairs are a lot of fun and are now having a design moment. More crucially, in a tiny living room or family room, they can be a lifesaver. As opposed to a standard armchair, you may add sitting without taking up a lot of floor area. We don’t need any more persuading than this mod style in a Hecker Guthrie-designed room.
Reduce the Size of Your Sofa
A little crimson settee in designer Ann Pyne’s New York City residence adds personality to the entire living room. There’s also plenty of seating thanks to a leopard print stool and pale yellow armchairs.