8 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Space

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By: Lisa Evans
Published: May 1, 2014
Last Update: February 10, 2023

A small space can be a challenge – especially when living with a partner, or a family.  However, there are a few things you can do to help maximize space that’ll ensure your home feels cozy, not cluttered.

Read on to see 8 ways you can make the most of your small space.

1. Put Stuff on the Walls

Shelves of different lengths will not only help to define a space, but give you easy access to materials that you frequently use.  Leverage a combination of decorative storage boxes, photos, and mementos to display certain items and keep others out of the way.  This frees up plenty of cabinet, or cupboard space for things that you really don’t want out in the open.


2. Use Glass and Mirrors

Where possible, use glass partitions to separate rooms to allow light to flow through and give the illusion of space.  If that’s not possible, a mirror can work just as well, reflecting light and giving the appearance of a larger, more open space.  The added feeling of openness will make your home feel more cozy and less cramped.


3. Have Designated Storage Areas

Find a space – in the mudroom, entryway, or basement – where each family member can have a set place for storage.  This way, their stuff isn’t cluttering up other areas of the house.  If things start to creep out of the allotted space, it’s time to evaluate what to keep and what can be kicked to the curb.


4. Maximize Seating

A wall-to-wall sectional is a great way to maximize seating in a small space without crowding the room with furniture.  Today, there are plenty of colors and styles available – even some with added storage, a bonus when you’re working with a small space.


5. Skip the Coffee Table

Use side tables instead of having a coffee table in the center of the room.  Ditching the coffee table means a more flexible space that can temporarily accommodate plenty of situations, including toys for your child’s playtime or additional mingling room for your guests during your next party.


6. Opt for Dual Functioning Pieces

When you have a small space, it helps when some of your furniture can perform a double duty.  Look for items with dual-functions when decorating a small space.  For example, an entryway seat that can store off-season items, or a daybed that can be easily turned into a guest bed when you have family and friends visit from out of town.


7. Make Every Space Useable

The inside of a sturdy closet door?  That’s the perfect spot for a wall caddy to house smaller overflow items that you don’t necessarily want cluttering up your shelf-space.  Use the inside of your bathroom closet door or vanity cupboards to store nail polish, moisturizers, hair products and more.


8. Forget the Curtains

Heavy curtains can really drag a room down.  Instead of hanging curtains over windows, look for other options, like blinds, that can be easily lifted to let in light during the day, and closed for more privacy at night.  Have your blinds measured to fit so they just cover the window, and can be easily hung inside the frame.


Don’t let a small living space get you down.  Avoid clutter and give your home a warm, open feeling using our tips for making the most out of your small space.