Whether you live in a small house, a condo, studio apartment or want to get more out of a small room, these small space design ideas will save your life.
Taking advantage of small spaces is helpful when trying to organize any room in your house or apartment. Let’s start with one room at a time! Just like eating an elephant, the only way to do it is with one bite at a time.
As always, we suggest using the Pomodoro Technique, 25 minutes on, 5 minutes off.
Keep doing this until your task has been completed. If you can’t finish your task in about 4 hours, take a 30-minute break and get right back to it.
Small Living Room Ideas
Let’s start in the living room. So curious how to organize a living room?
For many of us, the living room is where we all come together and enjoy a little TV time, game nights, and sitting on the couch enjoying conversations with friends. Are you taking full advantage of all the space in your living room?
Do you have a corner that just looks bare? Try adding a live or artificial plant, if you have a brown thumb like me. Adding some greenery, whether it be live or fake, adds more character to your living space.
If you don’t want to add a plant, you can add a floor lamp or a storage shelf like the one pictured below. The great thing about the storage shelf is that there are many things you can use this for.
Store your books here, put your throws on it while not in use, or even put some of your favorite knick-knacks on it.
Another great corner decoration piece is this two-for-one corner lamp with shelves.
If you need to add a little bit more light to your living room and you still need storage shelves, this is a great find!
Rearranging your living room may also be a good idea.
Now, let’s talk about that bare wall. If the bare wall faces a window, it would be a great idea to add a decorative mirror. Adding the mirror to the bare wall that faces a window will open the living room up by making it look like the place has two windows. Not to mention the mirror will help reflect some of that outside light.
Since you are working with a small living room, may we also suggest to take your pictures vertical? By taking your pictures up the wall, you are opening up the cramped space just a little more by “raising the ceiling.”
Be abstract about it. Scatter your pictures like shown below. Use your imagination. Not all the frames need to be the same size, shape, and color. This is your living room, do what makes you happy.
Small Dining Room Ideas
The next most popular place for you, your friends, and family to hang out during a gathering is in the dining room. There are many ways to “open” up your small dining room, and we want to help you.
Choosing furniture for small spaces will play an important part here.
Start with using a round table. A round table allows for more people to sit around the table while chit-chatting and can fit into a small corner when you don’t have company.
Speaking of corners, how are you taking advantage of that corner? What if you could put some corner shelves on the wall?
These corner shelves are a great place to store pots and pans that don’t fit in your kitchen, and you could put your cookbooks on the bottom shelf. The corner shelves would also make a great place to put small plants up high or display your good glassware from your grandparents.
Small Kitchen Ideas
Having a small or large, you need to make sure that you are taking advantage of all the different areas of a kitchen.
Small kitchens have very little counter space, especially if your coffee maker, toaster, and microwave are taking up valuable counter space! What if you could turn one of your lower cabinets into a rolling cabinet?
Now that we have clear the countertop, what are you doing to do with your pots and pans? Remember we want to take advantage of the whole kitchen. Since you can’t put the pots and pans in the cabinet, put them up high with a pot and pan rack that hangs from the ceiling.
We chose this rack because you can hang it right above your sink.
It is also crucial with limited space that you keep things organized. Not only your utensil drawer but your spice cabinet, Tupperware drawer and your pantry. If you don’t stay organized, you are going to run out of room faster than you would like in your kitchen.
Small Bathroom Ideas
Small bathrooms are no fun at all, but some of us are not blessed with big bathrooms, so we need to do what we can to make the best of it.
Start by using bold colors. Bold colors will help hide the fact that the room is tiny.
Next, you can help by opening up the floor. Get yourself a pedestal sink. You can see from the picture below how much the pedestal has opened up the bathroom.
I know us women need somewhere to stash our stuff, so check out this storage rack for under your pedestal sink!
Add some open storage shelves to your unused wall or walls. This would be a great place to store your towels, extra rolls of toilet paper, or even a copy of the latest Reader’s Digest (do they still have these?).
Pocket doors and barn doors are great options for small bathrooms, particularly those that open into a hallway or other narrow space. Standard swinging doors will eat into the limited clearance space available in the small bathroom, gobbling up 10 or more square feet each! Pocket doors allow for a laundry bin, storage cabinet, or hanging wall art.
Small Bedroom Ideas
There are many things you can do with a small bedroom. You want to start by making sure there is as much white in there as possible. By leaving the walls white, you are opening what little room you have in your bedroom.
Next, you want to make sure you are using all the space you have available to you. Many people don’t think about the area under their bed, but there is a lot of space under there.
Check out these small space storage ideas.
Let’s begin with these under the bed organizers. No room for a dresser, no worries; you can store your clothes in here.
In a small bedroom, you don’t have much space on the floor for nightstands and lights, install some floating shelves next to the bed. Now you have a home for your smartphone to charge while you sleep and a shelf to put your book and lamp.
We have touched on a lot in this blog. Remember, take baby steps and make sure you’re using Pomodoro Technique to help you tackle your tasks in decorating your small spaces.
You want to make sure that you pick one task and stick with it until the mission is complete. You definitely don’t want to start one task and jump to another by the end of the day unless the first job is done. Stay focused and remember, you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time.
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