Don’t let square feet hold you back. Here are a few tricks to gain back space in a small living room
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Do double duty
A small space doesn’t mean that a room can’t have multiple functions. By incorporating a sleeper that changes into a bed, a little living room can easily transform into a cozy overnight space for visitors.
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Bring it outside
Add square footage to your living space by going outdoors. It’s easy to elevate a deck or porch with a fun rug, stylish chairs, and a side table.
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Focus on efficiency
Carve out more space within a small area by placing seating along the walls. To max out efficiency, opt for a sectional with under-seat storage.
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Add secret storage
In a small space, furniture that does double-duty makes all the difference. Here, the window seat stores extra blankets, and the subwoofer at the far end of the couch doubles as a side table.
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Bring in the light
Windows with natural light go a long way in making cozy rooms feel bigger. When possible, eschew curtains or blinds that obstruct light and views.
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Take advantage of wall space
Draw eyes up with floating shelves that not only take advantage of wall space, but also leave more of the limited square footage free for seating.
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Use white space
A cohesive, light palette—from the furniture to the walls—make rooms appear larger. Punches of a vibrant color, like the red throw blanket and pouf, keep the space from feeling bland.
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Invest in funky furniture
Whimsical settes and colorful side tables can help make you forget all about the size of the living room, and instead put the focus on the space’s unique style.
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Stretch out a space with slim furnishings. Pieces like this narrow bookcase and slim coffee table go the distance in a long living room, without making it feel over-crowded.
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Capitalize on corners
If you’ve only got a corner to dedicate to seating, make the most of it. A mismatched armchair, ottoman, and pillows give this corner an inviting feel, and tables that give to space function without needing an entire coffee table.
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Do more with doorways
Show off your love for books by building a bookshelf around the doorway to the living room. It doubles as storage in the small space, and also functions as decor.
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Raise the roof
To create a wider living space, this family expanded outward into an exterior walkway, and raised the roof by 18 inches. The exposed support beams help the room feel extra spacious.