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Living in a small space doesn’t mean you have to struggle to fit everything in. You can find great design solutions while still making your space look open and organised. Designing for a smaller space can be a fun challenge and help you think more innovatively about how you’ll fill it. Whether you live in a studio flat or have a small bedroom, you can still make the best use of the space while maintaining style. The past few years have seen a rise in trends like minimalism and tiny homes and are great ways to find inspiration for optimal storage ideas and make a space feel bigger.

Here are some of our tips to get the most out of your small space.

Get wall storage units

The largest amount of space in a room is often on the wall so utlising this will help you use every sliver of space available. Wall storage units can be beautiful pieces of furniture to store your items. You can find wall storage that has cupboards to keep your space feeling uncluttered, or opt for a shelving unit that gives you a chance to present your favourite items beautifully. Bookshelves are a timeless way to make your home look sophisticated and homely while still keeping your things neatly tucked away. This wall system, with a combination of storage pockets and shelves, is functional and allows you to hide anything you don’t want to be seen and display the things you do. Customising your storage, or building wall units that work around door frames will allow you to maximise every part of your wall.

Get wall storage units

The largest amount of space in a room is often on the wall so utlising this will help you use every sliver of space available. Wall storage units can be beautiful pieces of furniture to store your items. You can find wall storage that has cupboards to keep your space feeling uncluttered, or opt for a shelving unit that gives you a chance to present your favourite items beautifully. Bookshelves are a timeless way to make your home look sophisticated and homely while still keeping your things neatly tucked away. This wall system, with a combination of storage pockets and shelves, is functional and allows you to hide anything you don’t want to be seen and display the things you do. Customising your storage, or building wall units that work around door frames will allow you to maximise every part of your wall.

Pick multi-purpose furniture

 

One piece of furniture that serves multiple uses is the most practical way to get everything into your space that you need. Finding places to hide your storage is a great way to keep any clutter tucked away and create a minimalist space.. There are many beds to choose from with storage underneath that don’t compromise on style and will give you somewhere to put all your miscellaneous items you don’t seem to have space for. You can also hunt for a comfortable sofa that functions as a guest bed at the same time. A stool or coffee table that is also a storage bin, and a lamp built into a shelving unit are just a few innovative ideas to get you started. It’s all about seeking out the right piece of furniture that looks great but is also practical.

 

Pick multi-purpose furniture

 

One piece of furniture that serves multiple uses is the most practical way to get everything into your space that you need. Finding places to hide your storage is a great way to keep any clutter tucked away and create a minimalist space.. There are many beds to choose from with storage underneath that don’t compromise on style and will give you somewhere to put all your miscellaneous items you don’t seem to have space for. You can also hunt for a comfortable sofa that functions as a guest bed at the same time. A stool or coffee table that is also a storage bin, and a lamp built into a shelving unit are just a few innovative ideas to get you started. It’s all about seeking out the right piece of furniture that looks great but is also practical.

Pick multi-purpose furniture

 

One piece of furniture that serves multiple uses is the most practical way to get everything into your space that you need. Finding places to hide your storage is a great way to keep any clutter tucked away and create a minimalist space.. There are many beds to choose from with storage underneath that don’t compromise on style and will give you somewhere to put all your miscellaneous items you don’t seem to have space for. You can also hunt for a comfortable sofa that functions as a guest bed at the same time. A stool or coffee table that is also a storage bin, and a lamp built into a shelving unit are just a few innovative ideas to get you started. It’s all about seeking out the right piece of furniture that looks great but is also practical.

Stack of cushions on a concrete wall, with designer leather chair in the background.

Use all the space available

You might think you’re using all the space in a room but often if you look a little harder you’ll be able to find better ways to use it. Make sure you aren’t neglecting any areas and add some clever items to fill it up. Your windowsill is a great alternative to a bedside table if you don’t have space for one and provides extra storage for lighting, trinkets and essentials. You can even get small organiser pockets that hang on the side of your bed to keep things like books, chargers and small items tucked out of the way. You can also opt for mounted overhead lights for your bed rather than taking up floor space with a lamp. Even the wardrobe you choose can optimise space, picking a wall-to-ceiling wardrobe will give you even more storage that will be hidden away behind doors. There are a variety of options to help you and you may even consider a professional interior designer to advise you on the best way to design a room to maximise space.

Use all the space available

You might think you’re using all the space in a room but often if you look a little harder you’ll be able to find better ways to use it. Make sure you aren’t neglecting any areas and add some clever items to fill it up. Your windowsill is a great alternative to a bedside table if you don’t have space for one and provides extra storage for lighting, trinkets and essentials. You can even get small organiser pockets that hang on the side of your bed to keep things like books, chargers and small items tucked out of the way. You can also opt for mounted overhead lights for your bed rather than taking up floor space with a lamp. Even the wardrobe you choose can optimise space, picking a wall-to-ceiling wardrobe will give you even more storage that will be hidden away behind doors. There are a variety of options to help you and you may even consider a professional interior designer to advise you on the best way to design a room to maximise space.
Stack of cushions on a concrete wall, with designer leather chair in the background.

Pick the right colours

The colour of a room can have a huge impact on the feel of the space. While painting a small room dark can make it feel smaller but painting a north-facing room bright white will make it feel empty and lacking in personality. However, using white in a south-facing room that is bathed in light will make it feel larger and create the appearance of more space. On the other end of the spectrum, dark paint can work well in north-facing rooms by giving it an intimate feel and an appearance of splendour. Neutrals like taupe, add a little warmth while still maintaining the brightness. It will give a room a light and airy feel and make other white furnishings stand out. Pastel hues work well at making a space feel bigger and while you may not want the room to be painted just one pastel colour, you can use it to create bright accents such as door frames and trims or have an accent wall.

Pick the right colours

 

The colour of a room can have a huge impact on the feel of the space. While painting a small room dark can make it feel smaller but painting a north-facing room bright white will make it feel empty and lacking in personality. However, using white in a south-facing room that is bathed in light will make it feel larger and create the appearance of more space. On the other end of the spectrum, dark paint can work well in north-facing rooms by giving it an intimate feel and an appearance of splendour. Neutrals like taupe, add a little warmth while still maintaining the brightness. It will give a room a light and airy feel and make other white furnishings stand out. Pastel hues work well at making a space feel bigger and while you may not want the room to be painted just one pastel colour, you can use it to create bright accents such as door frames and trims or have an accent wall.

Pick the right colours

 

The colour of a room can have a huge impact on the feel of the space. While painting a small room dark can make it feel smaller but painting a north-facing room bright white will make it feel empty and lacking in personality. However, using white in a south-facing room that is bathed in light will make it feel larger and create the appearance of more space. On the other end of the spectrum, dark paint can work well in north-facing rooms by giving it an intimate feel and an appearance of splendour. Neutrals like taupe, add a little warmth while still maintaining the brightness. It will give a room a light and airy feel and make other white furnishings stand out. Pastel hues work well at making a space feel bigger and while you may not want the room to be painted just one pastel colour, you can use it to create bright accents such as door frames and trims or have an accent wall.

Buy furniture that can fold or move

Tables can be bulky and a waste of space so rather than not having one at all, look for ones that will allow you a bit more flexibility. Drop leaf tables are helpful if you want a dining table to entertain guests and you don’t want it to take up the entire room. You can keep the sides folded to be used as a desk or breakfast table and when you have guests, open it up to seat more people. Murphy beds have constantly been redefined and redesigned and are great space savers to consider if you live in a studio or need a multipurpose guest room or study. Some even fold up to reveal a desk underneath which is great if you’re working from home. Filling your space with furniture that can be manoeuvred will create a much more diverse and practical space that can transform a room to have many purposes.
Billund table in matt white placed against a wall with two Aarhus chairs in light grey Lux Felt fabric 2310

Buy furniture that can fold or move

Tables can be bulky and a waste of space so rather than not having one at all, look for ones that will allow you a bit more flexibility. Drop leaf tables are helpful if you want a dining table to entertain guests and you don’t want it to take up the entire room. You can keep the sides folded to be used as a desk or breakfast table and when you have guests, open it up to seat more people. Murphy beds have constantly been redefined and redesigned and are great space savers to consider if you live in a studio or need a multipurpose guest room or study. Some even fold up to reveal a desk underneath which is great if you’re working from home. Filling your space with furniture that can be manoeuvred will create a much more diverse and practical space that can transform a room to have many purposes.
Billund table in matt white placed against a wall with two Aarhus chairs in light grey Lux Felt fabric 2310

Use decorations

 

In small spaces, mirrors are going to be your best friend. You can use mirrors in any room and they’ll create the illusion of a bigger space by reflecting light. A tall, thin mirror will draw the eye up and make a room feel more spacious whereas lots of little mirrors can reflect light in different directions. Using a monochrome colour palette for your accessories and décor can make a big impact by making a room look cohesive and uncluttered, the best way to make a room feel light and airy. Although don’t feel like you’re limited when it comes to small rooms, a good choice of décor can pack a punch. Using wall space to hang an eclectic display of artwork will load a room with personality. Using lots of small decorations can help fill a space in a way that adds character without taking up precious space.

Use decorations

 

In small spaces, mirrors are going to be your best friend. You can use mirrors in any room and they’ll create the illusion of a bigger space by reflecting light. A tall, thin mirror will draw the eye up and make a room feel more spacious whereas lots of little mirrors can reflect light in different directions. Using a monochrome colour palette for your accessories and décor can make a big impact by making a room look cohesive and uncluttered, the best way to make a room feel light and airy. Although don’t feel like you’re limited when it comes to small rooms, a good choice of décor can pack a punch. Using wall space to hang an eclectic display of artwork will load a room with personality. Using lots of small decorations can help fill a space in a way that adds character without taking up precious space.

Use decorations

 

In small spaces, mirrors are going to be your best friend. You can use mirrors in any room and they’ll create the illusion of a bigger space by reflecting light. A tall, thin mirror will draw the eye up and make a room feel more spacious whereas lots of little mirrors can reflect light in different directions. Using a monochrome colour palette for your accessories and décor can make a big impact by making a room look cohesive and uncluttered, the best way to make a room feel light and airy. Although don’t feel like you’re limited when it comes to small rooms, a good choice of décor can pack a punch. Using wall space to hang an eclectic display of artwork will load a room with personality. Using lots of small decorations can help fill a space in a way that adds character without taking up precious space.

Use bigger furniture but less of it

Lots of small items can potentially look cluttered so opt for bigger pieces that will not only optimise space but make the room feel bigger. Larger rugs will give your space a more extravagant feel compared to smaller rugs and pull the furniture in the room together to create a well-thought-out space. Instead of two smaller sofas, pick a larger L-shape that will maximise corners and take up less space, while still having plenty of room to relax. Pick a bigger coffee table instead of a few smaller ones and choose one with storage underneath to make use of the floor space in the centre of a room. Try to be mindful about the pieces you’re choosing and only select items that will work in your favour, rather than simply filling a space for the sake of it.

Use bigger furniture but less of it

Lots of small items can potentially look cluttered so opt for bigger pieces that will not only optimise space but make the room feel bigger. Larger rugs will give your space a more extravagant feel compared to smaller rugs and pull the furniture in the room together to create a well-thought-out space. Instead of two smaller sofas, pick a larger L-shape that will maximise corners and take up less space, while still having plenty of room to relax. Pick a bigger coffee table instead of a few smaller ones and choose one with storage underneath to make use of the floor space in the centre of a room. Try to be mindful about the pieces you’re choosing and only select items that will work in your favour, rather than simply filling a space for the sake of it.

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