If you have a small living room, it can be difficult to fit all of the furniture you need to live comfortably in the space and make the room feel spacious. However, it can be done, and you can create the sense of space and comfort in even the tiniest living rooms.
If you’re struggling with furnishing a smaller living space, here are some simple tips to help you get it right:
Choose Smaller Furniture
The most obvious way of ensuring that you can fit everything you need in and arrange it in as pleasing a way as possible is to choose smaller scale furniture. There’s no point trying to fit that huge couch you loved so much at your last property into your new living room if it’s tiny, nor is it worth buying big bulky units when you can purchase much slighter, sleeker pieces these days. So, scale it down, and it will fit much better.
Mirrors are the small living room’s savior. Why? Because they reflect the light and create the illusion of space. Ideally, you should place a mirror opposite the window so that you reflect the most light and you get a reflection of the scene outdoors to boot.
Hidden Storage is Essential
When it comes to the small living room, hidden storage is completely essential. Things like storage ottomans and trunks instead of standard coffee tables and storage sofas will ensure that you can keep the space as clutter-free as possible while still having the things you use in the living room regularly close to hand.
Arrange Around the Perimeter
In a little living room, it makes sense to arrange the furniture as close to the perimeter walls as possible. By doing this, you can free up even just a little space for moving around, crafting, or whatever else it is you like to do in that particular room.
If your living room is small in terms of floor space, but your ceilings are actually pretty high up, don’t hesitate to take advantage of that fact by installing lots of vertical shelving if you need more storage space, or adding lots of pretty artworks, which will draw the eye to the height and give at least the illusion of more space, if you’ve got your storage covered.
Corner Furniture is Great
Using corner furniture is a great way to make the most of the space you have and actually, installing something like a corner couch in a small living room can weirdly make it feel more spacious because you don’t feel like you’ve sacrificed comfort due to the fact that your living room is small.
Ditch the Sofa
Of course, you could just ditch the couch completely and invest in a few cozy chairs instead. The beauty of doing this is that you have much more scope to play around with the layout than you can when you have one big old couch to squeeze in.
Time to start making the most of your small living room!
Beth is a 30-something, self-employed Mum rediscovering her connection to British History and nature. Her loves include the discovery of knowledge, walking in the woods, and writing, among others. Beth is a Virtual Assistant at The Happy VA.