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?

 

Dorm Design For 2017

Author: Jillian Hayward Schaible

 

It may have been several years since I’ve needed to gear up for decorating my college dorm, but I’ll never forget all of the tips and tricks that I learned over those years.  Whether you live on campus or in an apartment, one thing is usually certain for college living- space is tight!  I needed to learn how to live in a tiny little area, with way more things than I had space for.  I’ve collected some of my favorite dorm decor items for you, and hope it might inspire you to rethink your design this year to make better use of your little space!

 

 

Many dorms will come furnished, but for those of you in an apartment, you may need to invest in a bed yourself.  This storage headboard is the perfect piece of furniture for a busy college student because you can store your electronics and books right in your headboard after a long night of studying.  Not to mention that you could even add a nightlight on there and totally skip a nightstand all together and save even more space!

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

My roommates and I were always having get-togethers and “family dinners” with all of our friends, but never had enough seating for everyone.  We bought a few collapsible lounge chairs like this butterfly chair (and a fold-up nest chair), that we would keep in our closet and just take out whenever we needed that extra seating.  It saved us floor space only having to take them out when needed, and they were always cute and comfy for our guests!

Target

Target

 

If you’ve moved away for college, chances are that your friends from home will be crashing at your dorm during a visit or two over the school year.  Not only are futons smart for an extra bed, this one even has extra storage on the side!  Genius!

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

Better Homes and Gardens, Available at Walmart

 

Usually, dorms have pretty bare (and sometimes horribly painted!) walls that will need a little extra life to make your room feel more personal.  These cute wall hangers from Ikea are great to add some pizazz to your wall as well as some storage for hats, scarves, or sweaters.

IKEA

IKEA

 

Or, try a bright, colorful tapestry like this one to really cover up those walls and make your room fun!

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

 

Once again, counter space is usually minimal in a dorm room.  Not to mention all the days I woke up late for class and needed breakfast on the go… and quickly!  How awesome is this breakfast sandwich maker?!  I wish I had found this when I was still in college!!

Target

Target

 

With computers, phones, iPads, stereos, and TV’s, my roommates and I had cords hanging in every direction.  Something like this would be perfect for the back of your desk or TV console to keep everything neat and organized.

The Container Store

The Container Store

 

If you’re like I was, most college kids are either lounging on their bed or their desk chairs when friends are over.  Having a desk chair like this one will double up as extra cozy seating for you and your friends, as well as a nice chair to be able to relax and read your book in, instead of having to stay in an uncomfortable desk chair all day studying.

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

A charging station on the back your computer?  This is perfect to keep all of your electronics in one place, and would be great to use even on a nightstand to charge everything at night (and still have your alarm on your phone ready by the bed in the morning!).

Houzz

 

 

 During your college dorm years, have you found any great space saving techniques that you’d like to share with us?  We’d love to hear what worked for you!