Furniture arrangement in a smaller apartment presents a challenge. With such a space limitation, some proper planning must be in order so that the small space is maximized. The main idea here is to create a space that is conducive for relaxing and entertaining, without cramping the style. Here are some easy to follow suggestions to making your small apartment more spacious.
Buying Furniture and Accessories
- Go with the pieces that have open designs. Like for instance, a glass top coffee table would look better than a chunky solid one because the glass top would give the illusion of space. Similarly, stay away from solid sofa seaters as well, as they tend to break the free-flowing ambience you should be trying to achieve. Go for seaters that have legs exposed or are slightly above the floor. This is, again, a way to create an idea of more space.
- Just because it may look beautiful, you don't have to get every piece of furniture you've set your eyes on at the store, so make sure to pick the best pieces only. Go for function and style, rather than just style. Pick pieces that offer multi-purpose use. For example, a daybed is a better alternative than a beautiful couch because it serves a dual purpose. In a smaller apartment, you will have much better use for this, as it can be a seater during the day and an extra bed at night.
- Pick smaller pieces instead of big bulky ones, to avoid overcrowding. Too many items in a small apartment will make the space look overdone.
- Pick pieces in monochromatic or simple colors and prints. Limit the bolder designs to the accessories like throw pillows, as big designs on bigger furniture will tend to make the place look cramped.
Traffic and Arrangement
- Now that you have your pieces and are ready to move them in, it's time to assign where these pieces should go. To make the work easier, it's probably better to visualize this first using a pen and a sketchpad. Get your thoughts down and illustrate how you would like the room to look. Draw the room's floor plan and try to play around with the placements of the furniture by drawing them too.
- It is best to begin by putting the largest piece in the largest wall of the room as an anchor and work your way through there.
- Identify where your focal point must be and plan a conversation area around this. A focal point may either be the entertainment center, the fireplace or the big bay window.
- In arranging your furniture pieces, you must be aware of the way traffic flows in a room. Make sure that this remains uninterrupted and that no furniture becomes an obstruction to it.
Accessories and Add-Ons
- Use decorative mirrors, strategically placed all over the room, to make the room look bigger.
- Proper lighting can also do a lot of wonders to your room arrangement.
- Consider putting up a few paintings and wall designs, too, as they help make the room a lot more inviting no matter how small it is.
Always remember that the room size does not matter if you know how to keep the area comfortable well-organized, well-arranged and well-decorated.