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15 tricks for furnishing a small home

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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A small home can feel troublesome, whether it's a family dwelling or a single-person apartment, but there are ways and means to get a whole lot more value from your space! The most effective way to overcome modest dimensions is to furnish impeccably, paying attention to style and size and while interior designers make it look oh so simple, you might want to have a bash yourself! We've pulled together a host of top tips that will give you that spacious, free-flowing and generous home aesthetic that you crave, so come and take a look!

1. Use multifunctional furniture.

modern Bedroom by Muebles Parchis. Dormitorios Juveniles.
Muebles Parchis. Dormitorios Juveniles.


Muebles Parchis. Dormitorios Juveniles.

Furniture pieces that will fold, adapt and serve more than one function really are the definition of getting more bang for your buck, which is critical in a small home! If you can combine a bed and a sofa, a foot stool with storage or anything of this nature, you'll enjoy so much more free space. 

2. Put the walls to good use.

Every inch of space counts on a small home, which is why you need to start seeing your walls as premium real estate, particularly for storage! Built in shelving, standout cubby holes; anything will work if you make it custom and really tuck into the space.

3. Leave no corner unused.

Empty corners are an amazing resource in small homes, as you can turn them into something really handy! A little reading nook, a small home office set-up or even a play area, the choice is yours, but do SOMETHING and make it look deliberate, not like a desperate after thought.

4. Build onto the walls.

Storage is one thing, but for small home practicality, how about building critical furniture items onto your walls? Sofas, in particular, will work very well, but you could extend the theory to countless items, such as dining tables and breakfast bars too. It's all about being smart with your floor plan!

5. Be bold and bespoke.

Choosing to hire a professional to make you custom furniture might sound like an extravagance, but it will actually get the best value possible from your home, so it's definitely worth the investment. You can get exactly what you need that way too and have some input into the design.

6. Use the hidden space.

You remember when you used to get told not to hide things under your bed or under the sofa? Well, we want to tell you to forget all that! If you have a small home, the area under large furniture pieces will come in very handy, as long as you use attractive storage boxes and make them a feature you don't mind being seen.

7. Lay down on an L-shaped sofa.

Why are L-shaped sofas so good for a small home? Because they can tuck against walls and hug specific spaces, without jutting out and swallowing up too much room. You can get length where you want it and sacrifice a little depth too, without losing any luxury or comfort.

8. Fit that kitchen.

A freestanding kitchen is a great thing and can offer opportunities to be a little more unique, but a fitted installation will take advantage of all the space and look cohesive. You can make a list of everything you want and need and find a way to incorporate it too, such as wine racks or contemporary extractor fans.

9. Get creative in the hall.

Your hallways are so ripe for a little innovative thinking! You can combine beautiful finishes with practical elements that will free up valuable space elsewhere and prevent clutter from taking over a modest home. You really want to focus on adding a lot of multifunctional storage options.

10. Scale back.

You might think that you always need to have large and sumptuous seating but in actual fact, striking singular chairs can be just as impactful as large sofas, with one defining benefit; they won't need as much room! Choose some really striking items and the look will be so editorial and chic!

11. Be cheeky with your coffee table.

modern Living room by Studio Barla
Studio Barla

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Studio Barla

Coffee tables don't have to be huge or square, so be a little more loose with your concept! Pick something that will fit in an unusual spot, offers a different height or is a really unique size and it will work beautifully with your proportions. You don't want a large piece of floating furniture that looks like it doesn't belong!

12. Be a bright spark.

Dark furniture might look dramatic, striking and editorial but it also sucks all of the light out of a space, which is the opposite of what you want in a small home! Choose light items, glass surfaces and reflective materials instead, so you can emphasise the lightness of the room and the perceived size.

13. Know how to edit.

Ok, so you might want to buy that massive collection of matching furniture but hang on! In a small home, a better way to go about things is by starting with the installations that you definitely, undisputedly need and then build from there. You don't want to be swimming in surplus items that shrink the room even more, so opt for function first!

14. Make the most of windows.

Small homes need to feel bigger and airier and a key way to do that is to make your windows work a hell of a lot harder. It might be time to ditch the drapes and wave bye-bye to blinds, in a bid to draw as much sunlight as possible into every corner. Banish the darkness people and don't forget to clean your glass regularly.

15. Cut some rug.

​White Living Room with wooden floors, brown sofa, carpet and purple accents: modern Living room by Affleck Property Services
Affleck Property Services

​White Living Room with wooden floors, brown sofa, carpet and purple accents

Affleck Property Services

Rugs are great, but you need to keep an eye on the proportions in a small home! Never allow a rug to float in the middle of a floor, as it will shrink the whole area and always try to choose a tonal hue. After all, you can experiment with texture, so keep everything else in line with your wider design.

For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Innovative storage solutions for small homes.

Do you need to get smart about your furniture choices? Which of these ideas could work for you?
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