That apartment seemed like everything you ever wanted when you first moved in, but it is quickly feeling more and more cramped by the day and you are now battling claustrophobia you never had in the past. Does this sound like you? Well, you are not alone.
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So many people struggle with trying to make their small spaces stop feeling so cramped. You know what they say, get rid of the junk to increase the amount of space in your room. However, the problem is, you might just not know what to get rid of, and you might get rid of the pieces that are most beneficial to you.
Since whether the space is small or not, you will still need to have furniture, it is a necessary, albeit daunting task to furnish your small room. It is possible though, all it takes is a good understanding of the types of furniture that are there and which ones you can use to your small room’s advantage.
1. Multi-functional pieces
Why have a separate cabinet and lampstand when you could use your cabinet as a lamp stand? If you have a tiny space then the onus is on you to get creative and figure out ways to reduce the number of pieces you need for your room, but have all your functional needs met at the same time.
There are very many multi-functional furniture pieces if you will just open up your eyes enough to see them. Many writing desks come with a chest of drawers for extra storage space for example. If you cannot afford the extravagance of having a separate furniture piece for every function you have then wisdom demands you go multi-functional.
2. Fixed furniture pieces
Fixed furniture pieces are usually aligned against the wall as they are attached to it. This frees up a whole lot of space in the room making appear much larger. Such pieces also have the option of being attached to other furniture pieces meaning you wind up with a row of furniture neatly arranged along the wall and your room avails more space than you thought was possible.
3. Avoid centre pieces
If you have a small room, the last thing you want to do is clutter it in the middle with furniture. This is what makes movement from one end of the room to another impossible. You may like a particular piece but if you do not think it will make the statement you want it to make while in a corner then do not get it, you do not have the space for it.
The only exception to this rule perhaps is a glass table. Due to its mirror-like characteristics, such a table creates an illusion of space and actually works to your advantage.
4. Color blending
A lot of colors is not only confusing, it also makes the room feel like the walls are closing in. Given, vivid, bright colors are in for furniture pieces, but they only work in large spaces, and even there, in moderation. For the best effect in your small space, go for neutral colors, or even better, those that blend in with your wall color. This creates the illusion that they are part of the wall, yet the room does not feel as bare as it would without furniture.
5. Floor space
This point refers to pieces of furniture that increase the floor space, literally. When the floor underneath a piece of furniture can be seen, the room appears to be much wider than had that floor been hidden. Look for pieces of furniture that do not completely cover the ground, such that you can see underneath them.
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The same applies to ceiling space too. You do not want to have a tall armoire that touches the ceiling in your small room, as it will make it appear much closer to the floor than it actually is perfect conditions for claustrophobia to develop! Make sure the pieces of furniture you get for your space allow the floor underneath and the ceiling above them to be seen distinctly.
Chad loves writing, especially about interior design and how to enhance your house using modern furniture.