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5 Tips for Small Living

Small Space Living Tips on Maximizing Your Space

Small Space Living

Downsizing is the new upsizing. Living spaces have ballooned over the past few decades, but millenials are bucking the trend of huge homes and choosing instead to live a bit more modestly. Partly because of the mass immigration to more urban areas and partly because there's less space to go around, more people are choosing smaller homes.

Small-scale living offers its own challenges, but with this guide, we're going to help you maximize your space, so that that you can get more use out of less space.

Step 1

GET MULTIFUNCTIONAL FURNITURE

One of the best things you can do to get your small space maximized for efficiency is to populate your home with multifunctional furniture.

For example, a storage ottoman in the living room can replace a coffee table, giving you a place to stash your valuables, seating in a pinch, and a comfy place to kick up your feet when you want to relax.

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Another idea is to use a small dresser as a bedside table. That way, you get a place to stash your clothes, and a place to set your phone, lamp, and keys.

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Drop leaf tables can function as a buffet when not in use, and then when you eat dinner, you can toss one of the leaves up for plenty of dining space.

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Since you won't have as much space to put a bunch of things, everything should have multiple uses.

Step 2

UTILIZE BRIGHT COLORS + MIRRORS

Getting the right paint scheme in your home will go great lengths to making your smaller home feel more spacious.

One really easy way make your home feel bigger is to lighten up the paint on the walls. More vibrant colors like yellow, pale blue, or coral will liven up your space and make the walls feel more spread out.

Vibrant Colors

One really easy way make your home feel bigger is to lighten up the paint on the walls. More vibrant colors like yellow, pale blue, or coral will liven up your space and make the walls feel more spread out.

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Painting a small space with dark colors like navy blue, red, or brown will make your home feel cave-like and claustrophobic.

Cave Colors

Painting a small space with dark colors like navy blue, red, or brown will make your home feel cave-like and claustrophobic.

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Another way to add some extra depth to smaller rooms is to put a mirror in it. The reflective surface makes it look like your room expands farther than it does.

Mirrors

Another way to add some extra depth to smaller rooms is to put a mirror in it. The reflective surface makes it look like your room expands farther than it does.

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Step 3

REDUCE CLUTTER

Your mom was right; you need to clean up your room. One of the worst things you can do for a smaller home is to fill it with tons of clutter. That means you need to have a specific place for everything, and you should be vigilant about picking up for yourself.

Like we've already mentioned, one way to keep your smaller home looking tidy is with multifunctional furniture.

A storage bed cuts down on the amount of other furniture you need in an already cramped bedroom (Underneath bed storage containers can accomplish the same thing).

Storage Bed

A cocktail table with storage will keep throw blankets and other commodities out of sight when not in use.

A compact sideboard with storage will give you a place to store dishes and silverware if you're scant on kitchen space.

Make sure everything in your home has a place and that it stays there!

Step 4

TREND TOWARDS "LIGHTER" FURNITURE

This next tip might seem a bit weird, but stick with me. Something you can do to make your space seem bigger is by using more openly designed furniture. What this does is preserve the space you do have by not filling it up with needlessly cumbersome items.

Like we've already mentioned, one way to keep your smaller home looking tidy is with multifunctional furniture.

Here's an example: if you choose to have an end table for your sofa, a wire base like on the Hudson Side Table preserves your home's space in an efficient and light way.

Here's an example: if you choose to have an end table for your sofa, a wire base like on the Hudson Side Table preserves your home's space in an efficient and light way.

Along the same lines, modern furniture tends to be more space efficient than more traditional furniture, so things like the Minimal Bench will feel like they're impinging less space than something like this more traditional bench, even though they're roughly the same size.

Along the same lines, modern furniture tends to be more space efficient than more traditional furniture, so things like the Minimal Bench will feel like they're impinging less space than something like this more traditional bench, even though they're roughly the same size.

Make sure everything in your home has a place and that it stays there!

Step 5

PUT YOUR WALLS TO WORK

One of the best things you can do to make a small space efficient (we keep using that word) is to use the walls! Most furniture and items that fill homes are focused on their footprint—how much floor space they take up. A valuable resource that's often overlooked is the walls! Don't let your walls just sit there; make them work for you!

Wall Shelves

Integrating shelving into the walls is the most effective way of turning your walls into furniture.

With the help of a carpenter, you can build modular shelving, storage areas, or even TV nooks into the walls themselves. If you're on a budget, wall shelves are an almost instant way to get your walls involved in your home's design.

Other items like floating desks, folding storage tables, or just mounting your TV on the wall will cut down on the floor space needed for shelves or electronics by diverting them onto the walls.