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5 Ways to Make The Most Of Your Smaller Living Space

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

One question we always get asked: how do I work around designing smaller spaces in my home? This is a common problem for apartment renters, especially in big cities, or people who are trying to utilize awkwardly small areas in their home. That being said, here's a few tips to help make your small space feel larger and fully utilized.

Maximize floor space: It's very easy for smaller floor spaces to start to feel cluttered and claustrophobic if you overlook maximizing your floor space. You'll want to look for specific furniture and fixtures that specifically suit your smaller space. For example, instead of going with floor lamps or table lamps look for light fixtures that takes up minimal floor space like wall sconces. Instead of wasting space with heavy bookcases, install some convenient floating shelves.

Utilize multi-purpose furniture: It's always smart to have your furniture double as storage. Consider a console table with drawers, which provides both a surface and hidden storage. A captain's bed comes complete with drawers and shelves for extra storage. In a small living room, a coffee table can do double duty as storage space if it has shelving underneath, and you can use an ottoman for storage as well as seating.

Let in more natural light: Windows and natural light have the power to make a small room appear larger. To get the most out of your natural light try installing mirrors to reflect light from windows. If you don't have access to natural light, use a combination of different fixtures to create a cozy glow. Using recessed lighting can be the perfect way to make the room feel larger without wasting any extra space. Consider the color scheme of your room as well: White walls reflect light, while darker color absorbs it.

Decorate with a minimalist style: When you're trying to maximize space, try to avoid going overboard with decor. You don't want your living spaces to appear too cluttered, so keep accessories to a minimum and instead opt for more high-impact pieces. When it comes to decorating your walls, use artwork sparingly and throw up a mirror wherever it is appropriate to give the illusion of a larger space.

Get creative with room divisions: If you live in a studio apartment or small home with an open-concept living space, the absence of doors saves space, but it can also make it harder to denote room divisions. One way to work around this is by creating multiple nooks that designate specific areas of your space. You don't need to use dividers to achieve this--simply position your furniture in a way that makes it clear how you use each area. Curtains and sliding doors can also be a great way to create division without taking up too much space.

We hope you've found this blog with tips for how to maximize your space! As always, we appreciate any ideas, input, and feedback from our community and clients. So drop us a line in the comments below, chat with us on our Facebook page or email us at! Don't forget to follow us on instagram (@joshuaallendesign) Twitter (@j_allen_design) and subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we post design-related videos!

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