10 Space Saving Furniture Choices in Small Homes
10 Space Saving Furniture Choices For Your Small Home
So you've chosen to live in a small home either through necessity or desire. It's always a difficult task to fit your belongings into a small space & maintain a spacious & uncluttered look.
As well, the rooms in your small home are required to serve more than one function. Therefore, whenever possible, each piece of furniture needs to do double or even triple duty along with the ability to be used in any room.
Choosing the right furniture can make both adequate storage & uncluttered spaciousness possible at the same time!
Older Furniture Is Usually Better Quality
But watch out! Much of the furniture built today is made on an assembly line using pressboard for the frame & cheap fabric & foam. But you love the look & the price & so you buy it.
Then it sits in your home off-gassing formaldehyde. As the months click by, you can virtually see it growing shabbier & falling apart. Or you move to a new home & that piece no longer fits. Either way, it becomes just another disposable item to add to the landfill. Then you need to waste time & money on another search & buy all over again.
Furniture that is about 30 years old or more is usually of better quality. Typically the frame is made of hardwood & consequently the piece stands the test of time.
If you need a new piece, consider a treasure hunt through the antique, vintage & thrift stores in your city. Not only would this be a fun outing, but the piece can usually be bought at an amazing deal. Then you'll own something with history & therefore character!
The list below, while not exhaustive, is a sample of useful furniture that can move with you from home to home & therefore will last you a lifetime!
1. The Wardrobe
The wardrobe is an incredibly versatile piece of furniture that you can find a use for in practically any home.
Hiding behind its closed doors could be clothing in a bedroom, coats & shoes in a foyer or an entertainment centre in a living room.
And it has the vertical factor! Meaning that the greater the furniture height, the more belongings it can store.
2. The Semanier
The semanier chest is an old French term for “seven” indicating 7 drawers with 7 underwear changes. This useful dresser has the vertical factor & its tiny footprint can be placed almost anywhere!
3. A Bed With Storage
Scared of monsters under the bed? Not if you use that space for storage! Choose a bed that allows enough room beneath for your suitcases. Then fill 'em with stuff & slid them underneath.
Otherwise, long storage containers that fit perfectly under the bed are available in most home improvement stores.
Another idea is a bed with built in drawers beneath.
Darker wood creates a more solemn, expensive & sophisticated look.
Lighter toned wood implies fun, casual & contemporary.
4. The Dining Table
Get the largest dining room table you can fit into your apartment. This important piece of furniture should be able to support many uses from eating, visiting, studying, reading the newspaper, sewing & doing projects.
If you are also using it in lieu of a kitchen island then it may be needed for food preparation.
The table should be very sturdy & casual - perhaps even something you can stick a fork into. If it’s too dainty & formal, you’ll always be worried about its integrity.
Whatever your choice, the table will be a large piece with maximum impact, so make sure your personal style prevails.
5. The Dining Chairs
Get the most comfortable dining room chairs you can find. Do they all have to match? I don't think so! They don’t even have to be real dining room chairs. Be creative.
If your dining room table doubles as your kitchen island, try using a long monks’ bench on the kitchen side. When your hands are full, It is easy to step over & sit down & if you knock it, it’s sturdy enough that it won’t tip over.
Depending on the layout of your space, a couple of comfortable chairs used at the dining room table can be turned around & used as part of the living-room.
6. The Trunk or Chest
The versatile chest! Depending on its height & style, it can double as a coffee table. a console table, buffet or a bench in a foyer. Obviously, it offers an enormous amount of storage.
7. Is a Sofa Necessary?
If you MUST have a couch, the 66-inch sofa bed is invaluable. It is large enough to lie down on & is a double-sized bed when pulled out.
The three-seater sofa is too big. Guests rarely occupy all three seats leaving the third seat wasted. The two-seater leaves room for an end table.
If you must have a sectional, opt for one without arms as they are easier to get through doors & into apartment elevators & are versatile in the ways that they can be positioned.
Chairs offer the maximum amount of flexibility. They require less space, they can be moved around easily & you can see the floor beneath them. This gives the illusion of spaciousness!
Whatever you choose, you'll never regret staying neutral & buying the best quality you can find.
8. The Ottoman
An ottoman with storage inside is the best option for a coffee table. A tray can be used for drinks or it can be used as a seat in a pinch.
Unless you prefer a traditional coffee table. Still, it'll be more useful if it comes with some type of storage.
9. Shelving is a Necessity
A low bookcase or tall pass-through bookshelf placed perpendicular to the wall can act as a room divider between the living & dining areas. Otherwise fill up a wall with shelving & go as high as possible.
Whether you use built-in shelving or shelving that is free-standing, you want it to give the impression of one piece of furniture. As well, your shelving must be able to accommodate all the belongings you need in that room, thereby leaving it clutter free & more spacious.
10. The Portable Stool
A step stool is a necessity for a home that makes the most of its vertical spaces.
It should be sturdy, yet light enough for easy transport.
A bonus feature is that the step-stool can have many uses.
Now you have the basic list of practical furniture. If the furniture is high quality & neutral, so that it stands up to time through both wear & fashion, you'll never regret it.
Is it possible that you already own the piece you need but have undervalued it because of its dated or scruffy look?
I prefer the wood colour of my furniture to be:
The piece of furniture that I would find most useful would be:
If the piece needs reupholstering either take a course or hire a professional company. Professional reupholstering is expensive & only worthwhile for a quality piece.
If you choose to reupholster, pick a neutral, non-trendy colour as you’ll own it for a long time. The fabric should be easily cleaned, even scrubbable. Quality leather will run you at least double – but it’s beautiful & spills can just be wiped off.
Does the wood need refurnishing? Sand, stain & varnish is always an option!
You definitely don’t want all your furniture to all match exactly, however, you do want most of it to have a consistent wood tone. A chair that’s in the living area today may become part of the bedroom tomorrow. You always want to have that versatility. So if you plan on refinishing your furniture, choose your favorite stain & stick with it. Too many different wood colours in one room can give a cluttered & uncohesive appearance.
However, if everything is neutral with consistent wood tones, the shape of your furniture & accessories becomes very important. Furnish your room with pieces featuring various sizes & leg styles with lots of curves.
I hope this was helpful, & I wish you the best of luck!
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