Living in a small apartment in the city has its benefits, but the flip side is that it comes at the cost of space. A small flat will test your ingenuity when it comes to making it comfortable and stylish, and at the same time, in creating a balance between design and function. It is a task that will take some work, in terms of both creativity and organisation. We break it down for you with a carefully curated list of must-have pieces of furniture that’ll help you live large in a small space.
10 Must-Have Furniture Pieces To Maximise Space In Small Flats
Extendable Dining Tables
Wishing you could host a sit-down dinner for six in your small apartment? Look for foldable or double-drop-leaf extendable tables that are multifunctional, and work in a petite space.
Tip: Find a version with wheels, or add your own to easily pull the table around all the way to create a console near the entry, or a makeshift bar cart.
Floating shelves can save you a lot of floor space. They look light and airy, because where there would normally be legs is now an open space. They also attract the eye to travel across the whole perimeter of the room, creating a spacious feel. Use them as nightstands, bookshelves, or even storage for your pots and pans. The possibilities are endless.
Sleeper sofas, as they are also called, allow you to convert your living room or your home office into a guest bedroom. Since it serves as both a bed and a couch, it gives you more room to entertain, as well as a place to sleep. So the next time a guest turns up unannounced, you’ll be sorted.
The space-saving stackability of nesting tables makes them handy furnishing to have around. They are super flexible, and can be spread out when you need to lay out a few snacks or tucked away at other times. They can even be used as extra seating.
Create storage vertically on your walls. Making your wall work for you helps you take advantage of every inch of space in your small apartment. This built-in storage wall has a hide-away TV, bookshelves and cabinets.
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Strategically placed mirrors–the bigger the better–besides being functional, make your compact apartment appear larger and brighter. Try hanging or leaning a large decorative mirror on the wall opposite a window – this will maximise natural light and act as the focal point at the same time.
Tip: High-shine chrome furniture pieces also make clever (and chic) additions to small flats as they, too, bounce light around a room, creating the illusion of space.
Mobility is key when you need to give a room a different purpose. Rolling carts help add more storage and another horizontal surface. They can also be easily moved out of the way when needed. Use it for a counter or an island in a narrow kitchen, storage for items that come in handy while cooking, or as a mobile bar when you have guests.
Large Ambient Lamps
Several light fixtures in a small space might look a bit overcrowded – and annoying as well, as it means having many switches. Zero in on one large statement-making lamp that produces a lot of light. Because floor space is precious, try to find a slim one with a small (but heavy) base.
Tip: Lamps with multiple bulbs that can be adjusted to point in various directions are perfect for a small apartment.
Small-scale furniture and careful planning are key in a tiny space that must serve many purposes. Round tables and furniture with curvy shapes make moving about in compact rooms easier, while glass or Lucite tables create more visual space. Furniture with curves also looks less bulky than rectangular or square pieces.
Bedroom benches, upholstered or not, are fabulously versatile and a great style addition. From doubling as storage for linen to being used as a coffee table to providing extra seating when chairs run out, there’s little that a bench can’t do.