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7 Tips for Choosing Furniture that WON’T Cramp Your Style

Small Stephens City Living Room with Cute FurnitureLiving in a Stephens City rental house that is a bit short on square footage can feel a little cramped. But with the right furnishings, your small room can seem a lot bigger. You can decorate a small space without crowding it or sacrificing style and functionality by following these simple guiding principles. Below, we’ve listed some of the best furniture for small rooms or tight spaces in your home.

Less is More

One great way to furnish a small space is to pick items that do not block your view. For instance, glass or acrylic tables and open-sided bookcases are both functional and make your room feel bigger.

Slim Tables

Side and kitchen tables usually occupy a lot of space and can easily crowd a small kitchen, dining room, or seating area. Opt for small or narrow tables instead so that you can easily place them where you need them. A narrow pub table set against the back of a sofa works as a kitchen seating area as well, without taking too much floor space. Slim side tables are also a great way to keep remotes and lamps at hand while still saving space.

Corner Desk

Corners are often underutilized areas in a home. With a corner desk, you can turn an unused corner into a little office or workspace. Find a corner desk that fits your decor and set it up the way you intend to use it. For maximum use of the space, pair the desk with a slim chair.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors make any small room feel bigger. One or two decorative mirrors will add reflected light and create a sense of more space. A long, narrow mirror on an empty wall also adds depth and light to the room. Mirrors are also great for opening up a cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

Bring in more natural light to make any room feel bigger. Even with only small windows, you can let more light come through if you use white or light-colored window treatments or sheer curtains.

Keep Accents Small

When decorating a small room, you have to keep in mind not just the furniture, but the size of every decor item as well. Big framed art, oversized pillows, overstuffed armchairs, and similar items can crowd an already small space. Instead, pick smaller-sized accent pieces with slender profiles to create balance in the room.

Double Duty

Small rooms hardly allow space for furniture with only one use. To maximize function and space, look for furniture that can be used for different purposes. For instance, a storage ottoman can hold your blankets or other items.

Think outside the box when choosing furniture for each room. You can make a buffet or sideboard double as a TV stand, or use a dresser as instant storage in any room. Don’t be fixated on the intended purpose of a piece of furniture, but instead see how else it can be used around your home.


Are you feeling cramped in your current rental home and ready to move into something bigger? The Stephens City property managers in our office are here to help! Contact Real Property Management Elevation today, or you can view our listings online.

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