How to Design Small Spaces for Functional and Fabulous Living

Is your living space feeling a bit cramped? If you find yourself constantly bumping into furniture or stepping over clutter, you may need to take an innovative approach to enhancing the functionality of your space. Fortunately, there are ways to create the home of your dreams, even with less square footage.

Be strategic

Draw your floor plan to determine the most functional layout for each room. This will cut out the headache of rearranging furniture through trial and error! Make sure to take the “less is more” approach to the design to make your space feel more open and less cramped.

Go vertical

Confine items that would otherwise clutter your space such as mail, books and other personal items by adding bookshelves and storage containers. With limited square footage, you’ll want to keep your floor as clutter-free as possible.


Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a piece of furniture, consider renting for flexibility in furnishing your home. Renting furniture by the item helps you mix and match to meet your furnishing needs.

Add mirrors

In addition to helping add your sense of style in a particular room, mirrors can make a space appear larger than it actually is. Lean a floor-to-ceiling mirror on a wall opposite of a window and you’ll be amazed by how it creates the illusion of a large living space.

Choose dual-purpose furnishings

In small spaces, it is important not to let any opportunity for storage go to waste. By choosing furniture that doubles as storage, such as ottomans with room to stow throw pillows, blankets or even toys, you can reduce clutter and cut down on the amount of furniture you need. In addition, if you need a little extra space, be sure to choose a high platform bed to provide hidden storage options in your bedroom.

Small spaces don’t need to feel cramped. With these helpful tips, you will be on your way to enjoying your space in no time!

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