Use your vertical space! This great clean look of 30"X30" KUBUS modules in white lacquer is from Authentics, Germany. Thin wall and partial open backs look light and are easy to stack or wall mount as high and wide as you want. The beauty of modules: use vertically or horizontally, use same in several rooms so their use can be adapted from time to time, take with you when you move and set up a completely different configuration. Use attractive boxes for messy stuff. Fold and pile clothes neatly and you don't really need a bulky dresser. Build right up and around windows and doorways. Think like a European!
Nice wall color. Used all over, including base boards and window frames, drops background out. Promotes focus on objects within the room. Do you really need to draw attention to your baseboards? Good tip for small spaces.
Like this old-yet-new modern color scheme. Be sure to use primarily only one or two of these colors (walls, sofas, rugs, drapes) with just a sprinkling of the others.
So much to like about this house. Simple (non) color scheme using only well selected solids. Reading function prioritized and zoned without needing additional square footage. Shows off a few special pieces of modern classic furniture to best advantage. Do not be afraid of dark ceiling in small space!
Blu Dot Modulicious lateral file cabinet looks like attractive furniture no matter where you put it. You won't need an extra space for home office activities, and you don't have to live with ugly office scale metal cabinets. Add lamp, mirror, or maybe shelves above. How about in lieu of end table, or under a window, or doing double duty with flat screen TV on top?
Eye candy. Calm space with just one splurge of color makes you smile. Also known as "focal point". Always works.
Room dividers come in many interesting materials. Separate spaces and functions with dual purpose open shelves that let light through and allow access from both sides. For example, living/dining, kids sharing room, two home offices. "Delta" shelf modules from Tema Home, Portugal.
Shallow shelves--what a great use of the depth of a freestanding wall. Looks so neat and organized, and plenty of things will fit into that depth--shelves don't always have to be 10-12" deep. The white on white is important to the space and mind expanding look.
Good idea to bring drapes full height in low ceiling room. Cuts down on too many various top lines coming from door frames, window frames, bookcases, paintings etc. that confuse. Large scale grommet pleats on simple continuous rod best choice.
Cute. Useful. Straightforward. Snack table with adjustable height. Maybe you don't need a coffee table? What about a communal ottoman and a couple of these color saturated tempered glass mobile tables in your choice of red orange, yellow, blue, grass green.
Small space? Use large scale. That's right--do not load up on small items and small patterns, instead fewer things with impactful scale. Shown slipcover headboard in Thomas Paul's "Gerber" modern floral, color cherry.
Spacing matching oversized venetian blinds evenly give a space a neater architecture when windows are mismatched or yukky. i.e. blinds don't have to match the size of the window.
No closet? Or might as well be no closet? Just mount this nice looking mahogany organizing kit directly on a wall and put a little effort into folding, matching hangars, and storage containers in lieu of drawers.
Get an entire home office from 6'X6'X2' wall space. Use baskets or magazine file boxes to maximize paperwork storage. Also keeps from looking messy in multi function room. By BoConcept, Denmark.
Wall mount lighting--space saving solution too often overlooked. Get just the right height over desk, reading chair, bed, or counter. No table needed, no floor lamp to knock over.
Don't scatter your family photos willy nilly, in mismatched frames. This "Picturewall" kit gives you a template along with a variety of frames to give one unified look. Leave plenty of mat open!
Plexiglass is still in use since first proposed for residential furniture after WW2. Still excellent choice for small spaces.
Virtually any (tiny, dysfunctional) kitchen has room for an additional counter-height table, readily available in many shapes and materials. Cooking prep, snacking on stools, working on laptop. This one CB2 "Frank" matte white melamine top with ash frame 52"X28"X35.5" H.
Don't forget to wall mount. I have used a run of these the width of the sofa, just high enough to not knock your head. Tons of book space, clip lights onto for ideal light. Not hard to do with cleat mounting already attached. CB2 "Hyde" oak veneer, 30"WX11.25"DX14"H.
Really need a sofa? With these comfy chairs, you can use individually, bank several into a sofa, spread around a central table for wine, Scrabble, fondue, etc. Notice that monochromatic color scheme is not boring--accessorize away!
There are plenty of cool looking shelves for miniscule space in bathroom, kitchen, hall, office, kids' room. This one blue or white from CB2 is 10" sq. and 71" high. Remember: go vertical!
No room for night stands? Wall hung's the ticket.
No room for a desk? Many shelving systems have an extra deep shelf that can be mounted at desk height and your chair and lamp slip right in. Very efficient--everything within easy reach.
Use low dressers. Will look sleeker, fit under windows, can house TV or even cushion for a bench seat. This one "Latitude" from CB2 is 60"WX17"DX22.75"H. Hardware-less also best look.
Very efficient "walk through" closet layout including stacked laundry in Swedish apartment.
Vertical closet office. Note even stool puts away when door closes.
Be realistic about how much you can put in your space--you can't seat 8 people, so be it. Make yourself comfortable.
It is not uncommon for Europeans (small spaces) to put horizontal bookshelves on the walls to make use of dead space. Don't worry, you can still put up art as well.
Two lessons from this summer villa in Finland. 1. Panelling isn't inherently bad. For existing, whitewash it. For crumbling plaster walls, put up real wood panelling, it's cheaper and faster than repairing or drywalling. 2. Sofas don't have to go in the center of the wall or room.
Very smart use of wall containing windows. No need to write it off. Continuous modular cabinets create a disappearing, built in look, but hold tons of stuff.
Ever notice how "outdoor furniture" is sometimes just the right scale for small spaces? Well priced and durable too.
Whoa. Now that is small. Hand wash basin uses clear water incoming for toilet tank.
Cool and cheap. Flower or herb garden wall anybody can do, even renters. Just modify for available space.
Small but very cheerful. By putting the table tight at right angles to the wall a much larger table can be used than you think. This option seems to be forgotten about when deciding that a space is "too small" for a table.
This table collapses into a wall hung mirror when not needed for company. Talk about space saving. And being realistic about just how often you set a table (vs. eating at the kitchen counter or sofa table).
Folding table hung on wall as mirror. Porada, Italy.
This is the kind of home office you can easily fit into a shallow closet, remove the doors or no. If you use your vertical space you can get an amazing amount of storage, right at your fingertips. Also easy to employ your shelves for attaching light.
Very neat space saver.
Nice use of hallway/landing footage.
Good use of overlooked small space in a corner.
Use your vertical space. This is barely more than a hallway, but yields two full offices.
"Galley" kitchen style so practical with everything within a step or a reach. Does not have to be claustrophobic.
Individual twin murphy beds drop sideways in den (or living room) for guests.
UPS-able component sofas and sectionals you can carry into tight spaces or up stairs and assemble in place by Simplicity Sofas, bench made in North Carolina. $899 range.
Look how much gets done with this office and guest bed fitted into what might have been considered a hopelessly small bedroom. Used vertical space. Stockholm apartment.
Design problem/solution for tight kitchen location next to stairwell. Rolling upper cupboard doors chosen over swinging doors so that one doesn't have to step back to get out of the way of the door. Attic apartment in Sweden.
Look what a difference this port hole made in this apartment entry in Sweden.
You can run a small country from this home office nook.
This idea is always a winner. Bookcases, especially floating if you can swing it, lining hallway. 9" depth, while not as common as 12", is available and works just as well.
Another winner. Perfectly fine to back up your sofa right into the bookcase. You only lose 9"-12" of floor and look how handy for reading and working.
Seriously. If you even have a "formal" dining room in your floor plan, can you afford to leave it just standing there in dusty perfection? This valuable space can be anything you need it to be.
Agreed. Most American rooms leave 2/3 of their available space unused. VERTICAL space, that is. You will see this in Europe all the time.