All spaces present design challenges, but the living/family room is where you and your guests likely spend most of your time. Designing a small one in particular can be tricky. What furniture will optimize the space, but still allow enough seating? Here are 12 design tips for making the most out of your small space, as well as some layout tips for your snazzy new room.
7. Downsize the sofa
A full-size sofa simply won’t fit in a smaller space. Try a smaller loveseat, or a petite sofa, to take up less room.
8. Try a backless sofa
In a smaller, open-place space, a sofa may be more appropriate in the middle of the room. A backless sofa is a chic option, which will not eat up the space.
9. Add plants
Like wallpaper and mirrors, plants help add depth by fooling the eye into thinking there is more to the room than there really is. Plants work well in corners, or beside and behinds chairs and sofas.
10. Build in storage
Instead of having numerous pieces that serve as storage, consider devoting one entire wall to storage. A floor-to-ceiling storage wall can be customized to contain anything and everything, from books to a television and media centre, even a pull-down desk for work space.
11. Keep a stash of spare seats
It may be impossible to have enough seating options, especially if you’re inviting several guests over. Store a few folding café chairs, or stack stools in another space, where you can easily pull them out when company is coming.
12. Try an “invisible” piece
Acrylic, Lucite, and glass are all great materials to use in a small room, because they take up zero visual space.
Layout tip: Put a pair of armchairs in front of a bay window, and a long sofa against the wall, opposite the fireplace. Add a clear coffee table.