Designer Tips for Small Spaces

Many of my clients come to me wanting to downsize, or with a small apartment or condo in the city where square footage is few and far between.  Just because you’re living in closer quarters doesn’t mean that your design needs to suffer.  

On the contrary, keeping with the right scale, there are lots of tips and tricks to use to really make the most out of every inch!  Here are a few of our favorite small space design ideas to help get you started!

 

Living in a studio, but still want the privacy of a bedroom?  Beautiful curtains are a quick, and stylish way to separate your space.

Urban Outfitters

 

 

If you have a smaller kitchen, and not enough space for a proper dining table, why not try a countertop with stools that tuck in?  I love how the frames are delicate, and the furniture doesn’t block any view of the kitchen!  

IKEA

 

On a similar note, lucite- or transparent- furniture doesn’t take up much visual space, making it the perfect choice for a smaller area.  You can find this look in bar carts, chairs, tables, you name it!

Jonathan Adler

 

 

This one is a personal favorite- we actually just used this extendable coffee table in high gloss white for one of our clients.  It’s especially perfect for those who like to have dinner on the sofa!  Comes in great colors and finishes!

West Elm

 

 

Bedrooms can definitely be the messiest room of the house.  With clothes and shoes being thrown around, it may feel like your smaller bedroom is never tidy.  Under-the-bed storage is key here- and this one from Pottery Barn has tons of it!  I love how there are baskets not only on the sides, but even the front…bonus bins!

Pottery Barn

 

 

Low on cabinet space, and don’t have room for a large storage piece?  This one’s narrow enough to fit those larger pots and pans- especially if they’re as fun as these!

World Market

 

 

My go-to on a small dining table is an adorable little bistro set like this one.  Keep your scale small, but certainly not your style!

Crate & Barrel

 

 

Selamat is always one of our favorite showrooms to see at Market, because it is always just so much FUN.  I love how they’ve used a smaller dining set and a narrow little stool here as a nightstand.  

Selamat Designs

 

 

Nesting tables are an excellent choice if you love to entertain, because you can just pull out extra table space as needed!

ModShop

 

 

Arhaus

 

 

What’s your favorite small space design idea?  Do you have any favorite tips or tricks to share with us?  Let us know in the comments!

How to Create a Small Space with Big Style

I spend a lot of time helping my clients downsize into smaller spaces.  Selling the big house and moving into the condo in the city sounds great, right?  But what do you do in a smaller space with all of your stuff??  Finding ways to incorporate storage into everyday pieces has become easier thanks to a little creativity in your furniture purchases.

Cubes and floating shelves can store a lot and can do double duty as wall art.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Bookshelves don’t have to be built-in.

IKEA

IKEA

 

And desks and tables don’t have to have legs.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

A simple shelf under a table can store magazines and books, as well as decorative items.

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

Add drawers and your “stuff” is out of sight.

Bassett Furniture

Bassett Furniture

 

Not enough room in your bedroom for anything but a bed?  Get one with under the bed storage and attached nightstands.

West Elm

West Elm

 

A simple wooden ladder can be the perfect place for linens.

Anthropologie

Anthropologie

 

 

 

What other tips and tricks have you learned over the years to save yourself extra space and reduce clutter in your small space?