August 29, 2019 Furniture, Interior Design

Optimize Your Compact Space with Furniture that Fits!

Optimize Your Compact Space with Furniture that Fits!

Whether you're a condo owner, empty-nester looking to downsize, or simply have a smaller room to furnish, it doesn’t mean you can’t fulfill your big design dreams. In fact, small spaces can be exciting and rewarding to decorate, allowing you to rethink the possibilities and opt for smaller scale unique pieces of furniture!

Before we dive into some specific design ideas and tips, there are some key space saving rules that apply to any room:

We’ve got more small room furniture ideas and tips to show you that just because a space is small, it doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish.

Small Bedroom Furniture Ideas

Skip bulky bed frames and opt for under-bed storage

Keep in mind that the main function of a bedroom is to sleep, therefore your bed is the primary piece of furniture, with everything else fitting in around it, and only if there’s room.

Bulky bed frames are a definite no-no for small bedrooms. If you’re in the market for a new bed, consider one with drawers underneath for extra storage, or empty space for decorative bins or woven baskets that add an element of style to the room.

Small Bed for Condo

The Dream Bed comes in a double, queen and king and has plenty of room for storage underneath.

Place your bed against a wall or in the corner

Most bedrooms feature the bed in the centre of the room against the wall. However, in a compact bedroom you can maximize the floor space by tucking your bed up against a wall or corner. There's no rule that says you can’t push small bedroom furniture up to a window. Blinds or curtains will block daylight, and a window offers great reading light in the mornings.

Ditch the nightstand that offers no extra storage

Don’t waste space with a nightstand that offers no storage. Instead, invest in a piece that has room on top, and drawers or shelves below. The Matera Nightstand can even double as a small dresser with its generous storage space.

Calgary small nightstands

Living Room Furniture for Small Spaces

Find a storage ottoman

An ottoman is naturally a multi-purpose furniture piece, acting as a comfortable spot to put your feet up, extra seating space when entertaining, and a spot for drinks or food. Go one step further in achieving multi-functional furniture and choose an ottoman with built in storage where you can stash extra sheets, blankets, books, toys - basically anything you don’t want on display.

Invest in a quality set of nesting tables

Nesting tables are an ideal solution for small living room furniture. Neatly tucking away into a small space on a day-to-day basis, they can be expanded to provide more surface area or act as side tables when needed.

Skinny table legs are in

In a cramped living room, tables with large legs and bases can make the room feel cluttered. Choose compact furniture for small spaces with thin legs and skinny bases that you can tuck close to a chair or small sofa without taking up a lot of floor space. The Jenner spot table offers just enough surface area to hold a drink, a book, or a small vase of flowers.

Small Side Tables Calgary

Coffee tables...with storage!

As with many furniture items in a small living space, the coffee table should be chosen with storage in mind. Shelves and drawers under the table provide a place for books, games, remotes and more. The Vega coffee table is a perfect example of a dual purpose coffee table.

Small coffee table Calgary

Small sofas for small spaces

When choosing a sofa for a small living or family room, pick one with skinny arms and a tight, upholstered back, clean lines and exposed legs for the airest look. Also consider doubling-up with a cozy couch that turns into a pullout bed if you have overnight guests on a regular basis.

The Jenna sofa is compact and won’t overtake a living room with its size. It comes in a wide range of colours and fabrics to complement your decor.

Love seat Calgary

If your apartment living room is simply too small for a full-sized sofa, opt for a love-seat and chair combination that you can move around to make optimal use of the room.

Space Saving Furniture Tips for Condo Dining Rooms

Even small apartments need a dining table

Small dining rooms run the risk of being overwhelmed by the dining table and chairs which will undoubtedly take up the majority of the space.

When thinking about dining tables for small spaces, consider the size and shape of the table carefully. If you entertain regularly, a small dining table can sit in the centre of the room permanently. If, however, entertaining is a rarity, consider how a square or rectangular table can be pushed against a wall or into a corner for daily use, and brought out on occasions. The Soul dining table is available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and looks equally as beautiful pushed against a wall as it does in the centre of a room.

Small dining table

When buying a table for a small dining room you have to take seating into consideration.  Seating options like the Tubo bench below, make a great space saving alternative to chairs that can be entirely hidden away under the table, or kept in the living room or bedroom for seating.

Entrance way bench

Think outside the room

A small dining room sideboard is functional and can look nice in other rooms or in a hallway if you need the storage provided by a sideboard.There’s no rule that it must be in the dining room. The Eclipse buffet, for example, certainly wouldn’t look out of place in a modern living room.

Buffet Calgary side table

Multi-purpose rolling carts

A bar cabinet is a non-essential when you’re tight on space, however there is an alternative that serves not only drinks, but also many purposes - the rolling cart! The beauty of rolling carts is they can go wherever they are needed, and can hold just about anything from bar supplies to an appy station in the dining room, to books or flowers in the living room, to fruit and veggies in the kitchen. Invest in a small, light-weight piece that moves easily and in a classic style that you won’t tire of.

Planning your furniture for a small room can be extremely fun and rewarding. With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn your small space into a designer’s dream. From clever storage solutions to multi-functional furniture pieces, your compact room will be completed in no time. Visit us at Home Evolution, where our design experts will show you how to live large and beautifully in your small spaces.


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