Modest rooms have lots of benefits: Less area to clean and more easily accessible items are just two. But a compact space can easily tip into crowded and cluttered without the right furnishings. Shop these space-savvy tables, sofas, storage pieces and even doors to give your rooms great flow and a feeling of openness, even if the square footage is less than you’d like.
Smart furniture and lighting to make the most of compact rooms
Two or three tables stored in the space of one? Sold. These nesting tables can be spread out when you need them and stacked neatly when you don’t. And you won’t sacrifice an inch of style.
Mirrors and Large-Scale Art
Using mirrors to increase visual spaciousness may be one of the oldest designer tricks in the book. And instead of cluttering up your walls with a lot of tiny artworks — which can make a room feel smaller — go for an expansive piece that draws the eye in one fell swoop. Bonus points for a landscape that feels like a window.
Sliding Barn Doors
A swing-out door reduces valuable usable floor space. Instead, go for a sliding version — even if a pocket door won’t fit, you can hang a barn door on a track above the doorway. And you’ll get a bit of character to boot.
Multiuse Furniture and Storage
If your furniture has only one purpose, it’s not working hard enough. Consider sleeper sofas, lift-top storage tables, ottomans that can double as coffee tables and even shelving that can be converted to tables. You’ll wonder why you hadn’t thought of them sooner.
Instead of clunky decor that stops the eye in its tracks, go for openwork pieces that feel visually light and spacious. Wirework sculptures and stools, caged decor, and openwork metal clocks, baskets and screens are all a boon in compact spaces. Geometric designs have an especially clean feel.