Sometimes it's a challenge to figure out how to find furniture for a small space, like a dorm room, a condo, a tiny home, or your first apartment. I'm here to show you how easily it can be done!
Small Living Room Ideas
Some manufacturers and furniture stores also sell sofas in apartment size. Check those out at Raymour and Flanigan. Use clean used furniture with clean lines, which will give the illusion of a larger space.
You will need a place for your guests to set drinks down, so either provide a coffee table (use an old storage trunk or storage bench) or a small side table (We love these nesting ones).
You can also use a floor lamp at one end of your sofa if you have a table at the other end already.
Small Bedroom Ideas
Even if you love the look of a king bed, and the space it provides you for sleeping, it is not the best choice for small bedrooms. Instead, consider using a full-size or queen-size bed. If you go to antique store, many times they have what's known as 3-quarter size beds.
If you have no room for a nightstand, consider using a floating shelf and or a light fixture attached to the wall, like this sconce. This way, if you need to get up in the middle of the night, you won't kill yourself or break a toe crashing into furniture.
Storage can be at a premium in tight bedrooms, but this underbed storage from Ikea fits the bill perfectly. Great for use in your dorm room for out of season clothing, shoes, and hockey equipment!
Small Kitchen Ideas
I love these cute little items, for making your kitchen functional yet spacious. I love drop leaf tables, and I remember my grandmother had a drop leaf dining room table, that folded up to about 12 in and sat against a wall like a console. What a great space saver! You can use that idea in your small kitchen. This will provide plenty of seating for you and a guest or your partner, for a quick breakfast or lunch.
Small Dining Room Ideas
As a home stager, I am constantly being asked to furnish small dining room spaces. My favorite piece is a glass top dining room table. It gives the illusion of more space, yet serves excellent function for seating four or more people. I love this one at Pier One, and I have used it in several staged properties. You can buy the glass-top in various sizes, to suit your space.
Measure, Measure, Measure!
I cannot emphasize measuring too much. First, you should draw out your room on a sheet of paper, and measure with a good tape measure. This will ensure that your piece of furniture will actually fit your space. Remember to add in doorways, the direction in which they swing, any electrical outlets or heating vents you need to work around, and any windows. Remember to measure the openings of your doorways. There's nothing worse than buying a sofa, and then not being able to get it in your doorway!
This cute little number converts into a bed, providing you with an instant guest room. Other furniture that converts is this cool desk that is wall mounted; add a chair, your laptop, and you are in business!
Decorating Small Spaces on a Budget
It's easy to create and decorate a small space on a budget. My favorite stores are Target, Ikea, and Overstock.
Sometimes, you can find a really great deal on Amazon, too, but Target is my go-to if I need to get something in a hurry.
So, as you can see, there are many ways to be creative in finding furniture for your small space or apartment. A little online research will go a long way, but I hope I've given you a starting point and some creative ideas on finding those special pieces to make your small space your Home Sweet Home.
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