If you live in a small home or apartment, you know that space comes at a premium. Sometimes, the feeling of being too cluttered can be overwhelming. When it comes to furnishing your home, it's important to have pieces that are not only functional, but that look great without crowding up the room. Here are a few helpful tips so you can make the most out of the furniture you purchase in order to have a roomier abode.
Before you buy a small table or foot stool, consider purchasing a storage ottoman. Storage ottomans look like the typical foot stool, but the top opens to reveal roomy storage inside. You can use these highly functional furniture pieces to stow away throw blankets, books, or board games until you're ready to use them. Look for sturdy, well-made ottomans that can also double as extra seating when you have guests over to maximize the space even further. Some variations are made in large sizes so you can use them as a coffee table, too.
If you're a fan of collectibles and knick knacks, it's no secret that these decorative items can become real space-killers. Instead of displaying your favorite pieces all over tables or on the kitchen counters, add shelving placed against or hung up on the walls and place your items there to give you more usable surface space. You can use floating shelves that attach flush to the wall and provide a nice, sleek look that not only gives you a place to display your goods, but it will also leave more wall space to use for artwork. These easy-to-install shelves can also make the room look much larger.
Rather than choosing couches with big, puffy arms or a bed with an oversized headboard, look for furniture that's made in a thinner, sleeker format. Modern couches with slender legs and armrests can give you several inches of extra space on each side. Choose chairs and loveseats with tightly upholstered designs that won't add too much fluff to your small home. Dining room tables and chairs should be made with thin legs, and you can also purchase tables with a hidden leaf that can be expanded when entertaining guests and removed when they leave to free up more room. Get creative and come up with furniture ideas that will not only provide you with style and function but will also help you get the most space for your buck.
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