As homes get smaller, furniture naturally goes the same way, but, it also gets smarter. There is only so much a piece of furniture can do; your decorating skills must come into play as well, so choose a piece of furniture that best suits the scale of the space you intend to work with, yet manages to cater to your functional needs. This sounds like a tall order, but it really isn't.
You don’t have to feel like you’re stuck with picking dollhouse furniture simply because you have small rooms. When choosing furniture for small spaces, just pick pieces that look smarter and follow these simple tricks:-
1. Proportions and scale matter
Make sure that you choose furniture that looks proportionate to the size of a small room. A queen size bed for a small bedroom, a sleek sofa that has a wooden frame with small cushions for the living area and a slim console table that doubles up as a buffet serving station or work desk in the dining space are all good options.
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Bear in mind, if you choose a bulky sofa with an upholstered body and padded arms, it adds visual bulk to a space. The same holds true for a giant king-size bed with a padded/ upholstered headboard for a small bedroom. Also, go for the classy armless chair style instead of picking heavy bulky recliners and give your room some free space
2. Choose visually open designs
Sleek, leggy furniture looks visually less bulky, hence it's a better pick for small spaces. Light coloured furniture with tall legs appears lighter than boxy, bulky furniture and your space will look open when air and light can pass through from below the furniture too. If your dining table chairs have high backs, choose an open design with criss-cross wooden slats to visually open up the space The same rule holds true if you need a room divider. Airy pieces such as these will fill your room with comfort and utility without making it seem congested.
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Glass tabletops also look visually less bulky, as the see-through top creates the illusion of more open space. Choose a glass top coffee table, side table and dining table set in sleek wooden designs. Also, use mirrored furniture pieces where ever you can, since these reflect light and make a small space look larger.
3. Additional storage is always a plus
Versatile furniture pieces that offer some hidden storage space are always a great investment in small homes. A table with drawers, a bed with hydraulic storage underneath, and ottomans with hidden compartments are all great options. A wooden trunk makes an excellent coffee table.
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To use all available wall space and height, build a floor-to-ceiling bookcase for a wall that offers you storage cabinets on the bottom, a spot for the television, and plenty of room for books and other knick-knacks on display.
4. Build furniture to fill up walls and corners
Want to create the illusion of more space? The easiest way is to pick furniture that tucks into corners, so as to open up the central floor space. Wall shelves give you great storage space off the floor and a built-in bench under the window becomes a cosy reading spot with hidden storage underneath.
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Use corner cabinets where possible, as they put those useless corners to good use! Put the TV on the wall, and create a floating TV unit that doesn’t touch the floor to create the illusion of even more floor space.
5. Light and Airy Colours
While built-in furniture is best kept along walls, pull all free furniture (especially seating space) away from the walls. If you create space beyond the furniture, it adds visual volume to the room.
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A great trick for small spaces is to match furniture colour to the wall colour. This ensures that the bulky pieces disappear into the walls, opening up the room.
6. Choose Portable Designs
Portable, multi-use designs in furniture offer great utility. Folding lounge chairs can be used to seat extra guests or to sit in the balcony on breezy evenings. Nesting tables become the perfect side tables when guests arrive and small pouffe stools can double up as a footrest, coffee table, or extra seat.
Pick lightweight designs that are easy to move anywhere you want within the house.