At long last, you’ve found your dream apartment, but there’s a (tiny) twist: It’s a bit on the small side. We’ve already established that tiny homes can be totally glam, so there’s no need to worry — less is more in the small space movement. When your tiny apartment is less than 500 or — gasp! — 300 square feet, just follow our small space living series, where we take on the design challenges of a tiny apartment from room to room. This week we’re kicking off the series with our favorite lounging area: the living room. Read on for our space-saving tips below and be sure to check back next week for part two of our series!
1. Go Higher: If your apartment doesn’t come with any pre-existing shelves or you want to avoid clutter, an alternative is to add shelving above doorways — a part of your walls that’s often ignored, but makes a great spot for storage that’s not in your face. (via House Beautiful)
3. Shelf Life: New York and San Francisco renters in particular have lots of unused wall space. Take advantage of the walls of your apartment and add a mounted bookshelf to small wall areas. (via Paper Blog)
5. Legs for Days: Instead of bulky couches, chairs and tables, opt for leggy mid-century furniture. The thin legs take up less visual space, so you’ll have plenty room for more decor pieces. (via SF Girl by Bay)
7. About Facing Outward: With a small apartment, you don’t want you or your guests to face a wall, since it could feel a little claustrophobic. Face the couch toward the window or entryway so you’re always facing out. (via Fashion Squad)
16. Around the Corner: Work with your living room constraints, not against. If there’s an odd corner, buy furniture that works with the space. Corner couches are cozy and take up less room in tiny living room spaces. (via Room Decor Ideas)
20. Feeling Cozy: Soft textures of throws, billowy stools and fluffy Moroccan rugs will make any person want to hang out and cozy up in your living room, no matter how big or small it is. (via POPSUGAR)
21. Go Bold: While there may be design constraints, there aren’t any strict rules when it comes to the color choices of your small space. If your living room has white walls, opt for a bright colored sofa to contrast and liven up the space. (via My Domaine)
22. Get as Bright as Can Be: If your living room doesn’t have enough natural light or you want to create a livelier visual space, choose bright and printed rugs that pop and add pattern to your living room. (via Style Me Pretty)
Does your living room have small-space syndrome? Share your space-saving tips with us below!