10 Ways to Maximize a Small Space
Philadelphia is Full of Smaller Spaces….Learn How to Make the Most of It
From trinities & studios to small condos & pitched ceilings in third floors Philadelphia has it’s share of dwellings with a small footprint. There are quite a few up sides to smaller spaces. There is less to clean, heat & cool so they are better for the environment, social life & wallet.
1. Multi Purpose Furniture
Storage ottomans can be a coffee table with the addition of a tray, store blankets & magazines to keep the clutter at bay & can double as extra seating when guests come over. A sofa table can do double duty as a place to display beloved objects or as a desk for a laptop. Just keep a chair near by that is easy to move.
2. Mirrors Are Your Friend
Mirrors reflect light which makes a space feel more open & airy. They can also bring the outdoors in to open up the space when placed strategically across from a window. Use a large mirror, place one directly across from another or group a few together. Flea markets (& Home Goods!) are great places to find mirrors on a budget.
3. Furniture With Legs
Furniture with longer legs gives the illusion of more space by floating above the floor allowing the eye to see underneath making it feel larger.
4. Hang Curtains From the Ceiling
Bring the curtain rods up to just below the ceiling. The longer length draws the eye up. I personally love when they pool at the floor a bit. Stuffing the bottoms with tissue paper can help create a fuller look.
5. With Paint
Light colors create an open airy feeling space. Take that one step further to monochromatic & paint ceilings, trim & walls in just slightly different shades of white or cream. Dark paint doesn’t have to be a no no in a small space just be careful. It can work in your favor by blurring the corners & essentially the boundaries.
6. Rooms That Do Double Duty
Dining room with rows of bookshelves to display books is cozy, elegant & very old world. A family room that works as an office can also work as long as you keep the space tidy. Break up zones with area rugs.
7. Larger Pieces
It is better to furnish with a few large pieces than many small ones which can clutter & close a space.
8. Seating Without a Back
Think daybed, chaise or bench. They take up less room visually & are good for floating in a seating arrangement.
9. Glass or Lucite
Anything see through (think glass topped tables or clear Louis chairs) takes up less space visually while still providing the function needed.
10. Fold It Up
A Murphy bed that can disappear into the wall or a sofa bed can create space for guests without a dedicated guest room. A dining room table with a leaf that can be stored is a great way to get more seating when needed.
Enjoy furnishing whatever space you have! If you are looking for a space to furnish, feel free to reach out to contact us today!