At long last, you鈥檝e found your dream apartment, but there鈥檚 a (tiny) twist: It鈥檚 a bit on the small side. We鈥檝e already established that tiny homes can be totally glam, so there鈥檚 no need to worry 鈥 less is more in the small space movement. When your tiny apartment is less than 500 or 鈥 gasp! 鈥 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鈥檙e 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!

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1. Go Higher: If your apartment doesn鈥檛 come with any pre-existing shelves or you want to avoid clutter, an alternative is to add shelving above doorways 鈥 a part of your walls that鈥檚 often ignored, but makes a great spot for storage that鈥檚 not in your face. (via House Beautiful)

lucite tables

2. Love It or Lucite: Use clear lucite, acrylic or plexiglass coffee and side tables to create the illusion of more space. Plus, they鈥檙e light and easy to move around. (via OMG Lifestyle Blog)


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)

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4. Get Low: Stick to low furniture. Short coffee tables like the one above create the look and feel of higher ceilings. (via West Elm)

leggy furniture

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鈥檒l have plenty room for more decor pieces. (via SF Girl by Bay)

milk decoration

6. Mirror, Mirror: Use framed mirrors as wall art. They create visual interest while creating the illusion of more space. (via Milk Decoration)

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7. About Facing Outward: With a small apartment, you don鈥檛 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鈥檙e always facing out. (via Fashion Squad)

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8. Mini Office: No office? No problem. Use a wall-mounted desk to add a small work space to your living room. (via Chic Sprinkles)

ceiling curtains

9. Curtain Call: Place curtain rods just below the ceiling. By doing so, you鈥檒l make the room look taller. (via Suzy Hoodless)

place stools underneath the console table

10. Tuck It In: Tuck stools underneath the console table or coffee table to save extra space. (via My Domaine)

west elm storage coffee table

11. Secret Storage: Get furniture with hidden storage, like ottomans, benches or this coffee table ($549) from West Elm. (via West Elm)

trunk coffee table

12. Double Duty Trunk: A storage trunk doubles as a coffee table, plus it adds style with an old-world look. (via Advice from a Twenty Something)

floating shelves

13. Invisible Shelves: Decorate, organize and de-clutter the room with floating invisible shelves. Bonus if you decorate an odd corner of the room! (via A Beautiful Mess)

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14. Less Is More: An armless couch gives you way more space to stretch out and can double as a daybed. (via Design Mag)

design sponge

15. Bud Up: Decorate with potted plants and hanging plants to bring life to your living room. (via Design Sponge)

corner couch

16. Around the Corner: Work with your living room constraints, not against. If there鈥檚 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)

vintage school desk

17. Good as New: Vintage school desks are easy to find and could be used as a small office or hobby desk for your living room. (via Apartment Therapy)

shelf over radiator

18. Under the聽Table: If you have an unsightly radiator (AKA, you live in a NYC apartment), get a table or shelf that fits over it so you can use the space for plants or books. (via Apartment Therapy)


19. On the Windowsill: Use our windowsill as a side table for putting small decor items. (via Decor8Blog)


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)

bright sofa

21. Go Bold: While there may be design constraints, there aren鈥檛 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)

bright rug

22. Get as Bright as Can Be: If your living room doesn鈥檛 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!