10 Must-Have Furniture Pieces To Maximise Space In Small Flats

Houzz posted on 30 May

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.

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.

LBB recommends: Urban Ladder, Wooden Street and Kirti Nagar Furniture Market.

Floating Shelves

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.

LBB recommends: Pepperfry, Amazon and Urban Ladder.

Sofa Beds

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.

LBB recommends: Home Centre, Amazon and Jail Road Market.

Nesting Tables

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.

LBB recommends: Knock On Wood, The Yellow Door Store and Urban Ladder.

Home Décor Stores

L-1/18, Hauz Khas Enclave, Hauz Khas, New Delhi

Floor-To-Ceiling Shelving

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.

LBB recommends: These Amar Colony stores.

Large Mirrors

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.

LBB recommends: Dawar Art in Lajpat Nagar, Amar Colony Furniture Market, The Lohasmith and Country Collection, HKV.

Rolling Carts

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.

LBB recommends: N Square Studio, Home Town and Windmill Interiors.

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.

LBB recommends: Bhagirath Place, these Khan Market stores and The Milky Way.

Home Décor Stores

220-B, Opp. Kali Masjid, Main Road, Savitri Nagar, Malviya Nagar, New Delhi

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Curvaceous Furniture

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.

LBB recommends: MG Road Furniture MarketKirti Nagar Furniture market and Gulmohar Lane.

Bedroom Benches

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.

LBB recommends: Gulmohar Lane, Vintage Gully and Maddhome.

Home Décor Stores

F-213/ D1, Ground Floor, Lado Sarai, Mehrauli, New Delhi

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