Small living rooms are the norm in dense urban areas where people live on top of one another. For many it is a major challenge finding space for furniture and ample space for moving. However with a few tricks of utilizing space even for a small living room so you can be organized, move about more easily and live comfortably with your family. Below are ideas of arranging, decorating and furnishing a small living room for maximum space efficiency.
Choose small and versatile furniture
To effectively furnish a small living room without taking the entire space with chairs and tables, avoid full size sofas and bulky armchairs. Instead find small scale furniture like love seats and small sofas. By versatile it means that one piece of furniture is used for many purposes like a table with drawers for more storage space. Such drawers can be used for storing books, magazines or tablets and remotes. It can also hide cubes that can be pulled out for extra seating. An ottoman that houses a sub-woofer can still serve as a seat or coffee table.
Use the space on walls
Take advantage of the wall space in your small living room. Put up shelves all-round the walls at a comfortable height, such shelves can be used for keeping frames, accessories.
A television set mounted on the wall also saves precious space that an entertainment center might take up otherwise.
Find the right shaped furniture
Apart from size, shape of furniture’s really matters a lot. Certain shapes like narrow rectangle for the table can help free up more floor space. Triangles shaped furniture are also great around the corners, for instance two triangle pieces of table can be assembled at the center of the room to make one full table or kept at the corners individually.
Get rid of the unneeded furniture
It is hardly necessary to overcrowd your small living room with furniture that is rarely used. Instead of a full size sofa use a petite sofa. Also a backless sofa takes up much less space, and in place of normal chairs use café folding chairs. Bring garden stools in for tables or even seating for guests. This way your space will be organized and you will have space enough even to entertain guests.
Transparent furniture designs
Shake up the routine and get acrylic or glass furniture for your small living room. When people are able to see through to the other end of the room, they won’t fill constrained in a small space. Acrylic or glass furniture can vanish visually while performing full functionality. Mirrored furniture and can also make a small room look bigger because of its reflectiveness.
Lighting and decoration
Lighting can make any space appear bigger or smaller. Ensure the room is bright and properly lit for instance by using mirrors on the walls for reflectiveness. Suspended lights and floor lamps take up less space and are perfect for a small living room.
For the furniture and walls go for neutral colors and avoid bright and clashing colors that appear to choke up the space. Avoid too many patterns for furniture fabrics and walls. Choose monochromes for all your indoor designs.