Decorating can be tough within itself. Now try decorating a small living room and you’ll want to pull your hair out.
Let’s put small size aside for a bit.
We all know that the living room is usually the place that everyone hangs out in (well second to the kitchen), but when your living room is small, that can be
tough impossible, especially when you have people over.
If you don’t have the right furniture to work with in your small living room, let’s just say that no one’s going to want to hang out at your crib.
Think about it.
Do you really want everyone trying to squeeze in and out of your small room or worse crammed on top of each other?
Not cool for your guests and for sure not a good look for you.
To your defense, there’s not much you can do with a small space to actually make it bigger (that’s unless you’re going to knock down some walls), but what you can do is make your living room feel bigger and one way to do that is to learn how to select furniture for a small living room.
Furniture is everything in a small living room. It can either make your room look crammed or it can create the feeling of a bigger space and that’s what we’re trying to aim for….bigger space or at least the illusion of a bigger space.
Now before you and whip out your debit card and go crazy at your fave furniture store, stop and pay close attention to the tips I’m about to share with you on how to select furniture for your small living room, but before we get to the tips, make sure you grab your FREE checklist that I made just for you so that you know for sure that you’re selecting the right furniture for your small living room (just enter your 411 below to grab it).
Trust me. You’ll thank me later from helping you from avoiding the big disaster of selecting the wrong kind of furniture for your small living room.
Let’s get to it…
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Say No To Bulky Furniture
We’ve all seen the big sofas that come complete with a built in cup holder, a recliner and even a magazine rack and I’m not saying those aren’t cool (maybe if you have a theater room in your house – doubt it), but for your small living room, they aren’t going to cut it.
They’re too big so stay far away from them. Okay?
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Armless Furniture
When you have a small living room, you have to be super stingy with the limited space that you do have and super picky when it comes to getting furniture for your room.
You can’t just go with any type of furniture. We are going for stingy remember?
Try going for a chair, sofa or love seat without arms instead of your typical furniture with arms.
It makes a big, big difference since furniture with arms just looks bulkier and that’s what you don’t want going on in your small living room now is it?
That’s what I thought.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Pick a Love Seat Over a Sofa
There’s no decorating golden rule that says that you have to have a sofa in your living room. So if you have a small living room, then why not try using a love seat instead. It takes up less room and if you pick one the right way, can seat the same amount of people as a big sofa.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Use Chairs Instead Of a Sofa
If you live in a place known for small spaces like NYC, then you should try using chairs in your small living room instead of a sofa. You can even match them up with a love seat if you’re not 100% down with the using only chairs in your small living room.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Get Furniture with Legs
One thing that eliminates the bulky look and feel in a small room are using pieces with legs. What the legs do is of course give your furniture some height, but it also makes your room just look airier by adding space between your furniture your floor.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Use Skinny Furniture Pieces
When decorating a small living room, you always want to go with furniture that is narrow because it takes up less space than furniture that is bulkier. A narrow side table or coffee table are always a good look in a small living room since they don’t take up as much space as wider furniture.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Remove The Back Panel of Your Bookcase
With a small living room you always want to lighten things up and one way to do that is to remove the back panel piece of your bookcase. This makes your space look brighter and lighter and just feel bigger. It also helps to make the books and accessories on your bookcase pop.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Use Pieces With Shelves
It’s hard to keep things from getting all cluttered when you have a small living room since you don’t have lots of space. To avoid the clutter, get yourself some furniture with shelving like a coffee table or a side table. Now you’ll have a place to store things like your remote, books, a throw blanket or just about anything want.
If you want to keep things extra neat, then get some baskets for your shelves and now you can really just throw anything in them that you want to keep out of sight.
How To Select Furniture For a Small Living Room: Pick Furniture That Can Be Used In More Than One Way
We all want to save money when decorating so why not buy furniture that you can use in more than one way. This avoids you from having to buy two things.
Instead of buying a coffee table and a chair, why not just buy an ottoman? You can use it as a coffee table and seating. It’s a two for one deal! That’s a sweet deal if I don’t say so myself!
There you have my top secrets on how to select furniture for a small living room.
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