Nothing feels more gratifying than seeing your new, bare interior slowly becoming a home with the help of new furniture. It feels exciting to go shopping and envision your home furnished with the best pieces you might find in the store. But if you have a small space, like a pad, apartment, condo unit or loft, you must be extra careful in choosing the right furniture for your home.
Based on personal experience, I can say that one of the biggest decorating mistakes a homeowner can commit is getting too excited about buying furniture, making him or her buy the wrong ones. Furniture pieces can make or break a small space; you can either create a cozy and stylish refuge or a cramped and cluttered cubbyhole.
Since your living space is small, you have to think more than twice when shopping for furniture. But of course, this doesn’t mean you will go for small, cheap, and uncomfortable ones. There are a lot of clever tricks and types of furniture pieces that can make you love your small, humble abode even more.
Sleek and skinny space savers
Gone are the days when bulky and theatrical furniture pieces are a definition of elegance. Since some of the modern homes today are smaller than before, sleek and slender pieces are in. Aside from saving space, sleek pieces are ageless and can go with any style.
In shopping for your couch, go for the one with tight upholstery, skinny arms, and slender legs. Furnish your little space with other posh furniture like lightweight yet functional coffee tables and side tables, contemporary dining sets, and beds with simple headboards.
Stylish secondary storage pieces
Instead of buying more drawers, cabinets, and storage boxes for your stuff, invest in pieces that function as a stylish furniture on the outside and a storage room on the inside. Look for tables with built-in drawers and shelves, sofas and beds with hidden compartments, and ottomans that act as a chic storage box for your magazines, office files, and old stuff with sentimental value.
Clever multi-purpose furniture
If small space deprived you of the chance to create another room or place another furniture, the best option is to go for furniture pieces with multiple personalities. Topping the charts in your “small space must-haves” are sofa beds. Today, the designs are becoming more complex and stylish, making sofa beds perfect for modern one-bedroom or studio-type homes.
You can also go for custom-built furniture if you have a budget. Some of the impressive furniture designs I have seen so far are the “Ramsa Sofa” (bookcase and levitated sofa) by Younes Douret, table and wine display designed by Vincent Chicone, “Badkast” (wardrobe and sauna) by Anna van der Lei, and a table that doubles as an oversized post-it-note by Soup Studio.
Pull-out and tuck-in decors
Designers today continue to offer mind-blowing design ideas that aim to meet humans’ busy lifestyles, so don’t judge a bookcase by its cover. In just a few seconds, it may transform into a desk, a couch, or even a bed when you pull that mysterious door out. Try to look for pieces that can create an added function when pulled out and can be tucked in easily when not in use.
Some of the furniture pieces you may invest in are beds with a pull-out mattress, desks with a pull-out panel, and dining tables that can be folded after dining time.
Smart modular furniture
Or should we call it, “the furniture that moves.” The versatility of modular pieces makes them perfectly suitable for small spaces. They can be taken apart and can change form and function when reassembled in a variety of ways. For instance, you may have a few upholstered cube stools which can either transform into one long couch when they join forces or independent stools when they spread out.
Don’t buy furniture that can make your small dwelling seem even more crowded. Try to create a calming open space by choosing lightweight furniture, furnishings with glass, and light-colored pieces, and ditching dividers and other pieces that block air flow and sunlight. If dividers are necessary, go for the ones with an opening such as an open sided bookcase, a countertop with a sleek profile, or a glass partition to create a subtle division of living spaces.
Your floor space isn’t the only space available for your well-chosen furniture pieces. Look around you and you’ll see spacious walls, ceilings, nooks and corners which can be utilized. You may attach floating shelves of different lines, shapes, and sizes on walls, mount your television, or build a couch under your bay windows to save up space.
A large house on a hill, surrounded by trees and chirping birds is what Mina Salva Cruz hopes for in the future. She devotes her time writing for Pilcher Real Estate, a growing agency of six real estates professionals based in Australia to feed her broad imagination.
July 22, 2016