Get the Most From a Small Space

Make your small apartment more functional

Get the
Most From a Small Space

Four ways to live large, no matter how tiny the area

Whether you're a city dweller or a college student, space is a precious resource. And it's likely scarce. But don't let your current situation get you down. If you find yourself short on square footage, the key is maximizing the furniture to suit your needs. There are tactics you can use and specialty furniture and accent pieces you can buy that have been engineered to help you feel like you're living large. Herewith, four interior-designer-approved tactics for making the most of your smaller space.


Small Apartment
Space Saving Tips

Instantly Make

More Seating

You don't need a huge sofa, but you want to make sure to get the most seating from a smaller footprint. Choose an armless sofa. What you lose in traditional armrests, you gain back in functional space for more people to sit. For additional storage, choose a style with slightly higher legs to accommodate low-slung bins or baskets underneath.

CB2 Piazza Apartment Sofa

Piazza apartment sofa,
$1,199 by CB2

Article. Sven Leather Daybed

Sven leather daybed,
$1,599 by Article.

Blu Dot New Standard Sofa

New Standard sofa,
$1,799 by Blu Dot

Make Side Tables

Work for You

In smaller living rooms, there isn't room for excess seating. But there is usually room for small, solidly built side tables stationed beside the sofa or by an armchair. When you've got guests, you can easily pull these out to be used for seating. They can also be reliable step stools and footrests.

EQ3 Teak Stool Table

Teak stool table,
$249 by EQ3

Wade Logan Metal Slat Stool

Metal slat stool,
$479 / $239 by Wade Logan

AllModern Concrete Garden Stool

Concrete garden stool,
$134.99 / $127.99 by AllModern


Look for Small,

but Impactful Pieces

When you don't have a lot of floorspace, you want every piece to make an impact—both visually and practically. A small cabinet, like this one from CB2, can be used as a side table stocked with books, a bar cart or an audio cabinet topped with a turntable. This shelf from West Elm (complete with built in lamp) frees up your floor while serving as a handsome entry table or night stand. And this modern interpretation of a secretary desk folds up to give you more room when not in use.

Project 62 Loring Secretary Desk

Loring Secretary desk,
$200 / $189.99 by Project 62

CB2 Trace Cabinet

Trace cabinet,
$599 by CB2

West Elm Timber Shelf Sconce

Timber shelf sconce,
$199 / $159.20 by West Elm

Open Storage

If you're particularly low on closet space, you need to embrace open storage solutions. The upside is that many of the best options also add some intrigue and architecture to an otherwise simple room. For instance, these clothing racks, complete with mirrors and shelves, offer a place to store your favorite clothes, or prep your outfits for the next day. Use them to display the items you love the most and tuck away less interesting objects behind closed doors.

Ikea Ikornnes Floor Mirror

Ikornnes floor mirror,
$129 by Ikea

Umbra Valet Floor Mirror

Valet floor mirror,
$185 by Umbra

Normann Copenhagen Clothes Rack

Clothes rack,
$420 by Normann Copenhagen

Out-of-Sight Storage

Whether you're in a dorm room, small apartment or simply short on storage space, these under-bed bags hold a surprising amount of stuff. Plus, they're breathable and the clear vinyl top lets you see what you've got inside.

Underbed storage bags,
$12.99 for two by Zober

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