17 Ways To Make A Small Room Feel So Big

17 Ways To Make A Small Room Feel So Big

Live large in a small space.

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1. Skip the coffee table and use cute ottomans instead. They’ll double as extra seating when you need ‘em.

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2. Rather than buying a bulky night table, use a step stool instead.

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A repurposed step stool will definitely save you money and space.

3. Use neutral colors and similar colors to create an optical illusion of spaciousness.

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Neutral-toned fabrics add light and space to small rooms, and continuing the same color on the floor helps to add to the idea of space.

4. Horizontal stripes can help make a room feel wider.

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Use blankets and rugs you already have lying around.

5. Skip a headboard — use a bookcase that’ll double as a headboard instead.

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6. Why hang only one row of hooks when you could hang two?

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Even better if your hooks are cute and design-y.

7. Save floor space by hanging lighting from the ceiling!

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You can find pendant lamps at Ikea starting at around $25.

8. If you don’t have much room, go for a round table over a square one. They can easily fit into corners if you need ‘em to.

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Extra bonus: No sharp corners to run into!

9. Sometimes you can find unexpected spaces — like a closet, or a landing — to put a desk or work area.

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If you’re short on square footage, think creatively about how to use the space you’ve got. What are some typically undervalued home areas — like hallways, landings, and closets — that could be repurposed into active spaces?


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If you can afford custom drawers like these… Well, just imagine. What. a. game-changer.

11. Employ mirrors to give the illusion of more space.

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For optimal ~space enhancing~, place your mirror on a wall adjacent to, not opposite, your windows.

12. And if you can swing it, use a full-height mirror to really add space to a room and give the illusion of higher ceilings.

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13. If you can’t build out, build up!

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Think about ways you can use the vertical space if no horizontal square footage is available.

14. Hang curtains directly from the ceiling to give the illusion of more height.

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15. Fake more space by employing clear glass, acrylic, or plastic furniture.

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That coffee table is practically invisible, lol.

16. Use furniture pieces that’ll do double duty.

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For example, this credenza serves as a convenient bedside table, and also a great dresser and storage unit.

17. And no matter the size of your room, adding plants will give your space a sense of lushness and depth.

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Plus they’re realllll purrrrty.

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