You’ve read how to decorate for small spaces, so you’re already familiar with the smoke-and-mirrors acts of hanging curtains from the ceiling to make the room look taller, purchasing multi-purpose furniture and painting the walls a light color. But when it’s time to pick out furniture for your small space, you should also opt for pieces with thin frames, faux headboards, glass tops and armless chairs and sofas. Room by room, here’s a suggested list of small furniture for your apartment.
For your bed, you could always use a double bed with a low-profile mattress and box springs and no headboard. Instead, paint a headboard on your wall, using Good Housekeeping’s headboard grid and stencil PDFs to trace and fill in a faux headboard. Or, purchase this Bekkestua headboard ($250) in light gray from IKEA, or cover it in your own favorite light-colored fabric. Place this Leick narrow end table ($139) beside your bed, and pair it with the Hawthorne seven-drawer chest ($269), which takes advantage of the height of your room versus taking up width.
Depending on how wide your home office space is, select either the 34-inch long Logan Writing Desk ($229) in cream, light green or aqua, or the shorter Emily Desk ($239) in antique grey, yellow or cream, which has one drawer for storage. Stash your printer and printer paper in this Sauder Harbor View Lateral File ($229), and store files in the drawer underneath.
Macy’s and Crate & Barrel’s “apartment” furniture lines feature scaled-back, square, low-profile sofas, loveseats and chairs with slim arms that still seat plenty of people. Purchase the Vaughn Apartment Sofa ($1,399) in cream, cork or pebble from Crate & Barrel or the Corona Love Seat ($549) in stone from Macy’s for light-colored, thin-legged and –armed furniture that still leaves you with plenty of seating, style and space.
For end tables, add a touch of contemporary to your modern living room with a couple of eclectic Bone Side Tables ($199) from West Elm. With its natural bone tile top and slender iron base, you can stash your book or magazine and hold a candlestick lamp on top. Round out your room with a sturdy, black television stand like this Laiva piece ($20) from IKEA and a flat-screen television.
In your dining room, opt for a table and chairs with height over width. The Acme 7550 Martha five-piece counter-height dining table and chair collection ($242) is taller than the typical dining room table but doesn’t appear to be. Or, choose the Halo Cognag 36” High Dining Table, whose glass top creates an illusion of fluid space. Pair it with armless or thin, wrought-iron chairs. Complete the look with dish and glassware storage in this tall but thin Home Styles Small Buffet ($320) that has a stainless steel countertop to reflect light in the room.
These days, clutter can be cleverly hidden in well-designed multi-purpose pieces. If you have the space, add these Sheridan Storage Bench and Ottomans ($89) to your living room, which serves as a bench, coffee table, living room storage and two footrests in attractively upholstered espresso-finished faux leather. The underside of the bench’s lid has a built-in tray for supporting drinks and plates, should you opt for this piece over a dining room table.
In your bedroom or living room, place a television on top of this French Country TV Armoire ($349) and store DVDs, CDs or even clothing inside.
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