When the time comes to decorate a small apartment, it’s important to make the most of the space that is available. By choosing pieces that are multifunctional or specially designed for small spaces, it is easier than ever to create a room that is functional, comfortable and super stylish. All kinds of products and furnishings are available to help you squeeze every bit of function and utility out of your small apartment. Here are 15 chic pieces that will improve your small space.
Having enough room for all the furniture you need can be one of the biggest challenges when it comes to decorating a small apartment. Any room — big or small — that has too much furniture is no longer functional or stylish. This is why any piece that can serve multiple purposes is a godsend for those who live in small spaces.
Pieces that transform are particularly valuable. This desk from Resource Furniture is a wonderful example. Although it looks like a standard desk, in just a few minutes it effortlessly telescopes out into a full dining table that can easily seat six people. Why should a massive table swallow up all your available space if you only have guests occasionally? If you don’t need a desk, this can also serve as a console table.
Small apartments also usually mean fewer outlets, which can be an issue for today’s technology-filled lifestyles. Of course, designers are making our home items more useful, hiding USB charging ports in all sorts of furnishings. A number of pieces in this setting from Most Modern include USB ports, such as the knob hanging from the pendant as well as the small occasional table beside the chair. Choosing furniture that has this extra features means that you don’t need to have unsightly power strips all around the room.
Chairs, while necessary for everyday life, can take up a lot of space. In addition to benches and ottomans that can do double duty, new designs are adding extra functionality to traditional shapes. This bar-height stool by Frevent Design looks like a typical piece, but with the flip of a lever, it converts into a regular height chair with a slightly angled back that is comfortable for sitting. It’s extra versatility in a single chair.
Sure, there are chair designs that stack, but now you can have a table that stacks too. Unlike traditional nesting tables that are of different sizes and heights, the Lily Table from Good Thing comes in a single size that can be stacked when you need to free up space. The colorful piece is made of aluminum and is suitable for indoors or out. The cantilevered design makes it easy to pull up alongside a sofa or chair. It’s also the perfect height — 25 inches — to use as a work spot for your tablet or laptop.
Super Functional Storage
This coat rack from Durodeco is perfect for a small apartment because of its streamlined profile and linear orientation.Called the Coat Check, it is made of Alberene soapstone, stainless steel and glass. The steel hooks at the top are 3-D printed. With a modern design, the piece uniquely combines classic and modern materials, particularly the base, which serves as a counterweight. The steel rods are held in position by the glass accessory shelf that spans the full width. It’s a highly functional storage piece that is as much art as it is a useful accessory.
When decorating a small apartment, it’s a good idea to incorporate storage any place you can. This Tam-Tam Hollow side table by Leolux is a great example. The leather-upholstered design is a little futuristic — perfect for a modern space — and it features a removable top for stashing your stuff. The top comes in a variety of lacquer colors and the legs are made from polished aluminum. Furniture that has hidden storage space can be key in helping to keep your space uncluttered and stylish looking.
Another example of stylish storage for a small space are these Buoy handmade floating consoles from Kroft. Designed originally as nightstands, they are chic and useful for many spots when you’re decorating a small apartment. Available as a single unit or a longer double unit, the smaller ones have a drawer or can have fold-down door option. Small and customizable, these can help save valuable space next to the bed, especially when combined with wall lighting. Moreover, these from Kroft use a no VOC oil or an environmentally friendly water-based lacquer.
One of the most obvious places to hide more storage is the bed, and Newell’s model has a versatile style that will work in many styles of decor. Rather than giving up space to a box spring or a regular bed frame, this bed hides a wealth of space for storing bedding, off-season clothing and shoes — anything that needs to be hidden away. It’s a perfect solution for a small apartment that does not have a linen closet or where closet space is at a premium in general.
Even smaller accessories can help move your stuff from tables and countertops to more out-of-the-way places in a stylish way. An artful piece from Offcentre looks like a drape hanging from the wall, but it is actually a piece of hand-blown glass. Nestle your fruit in there or store and display other small items that you want to keep handy. This is really useful when you don’t — or can’t — clutter up the counter with a bowl of fruit!
Compact bathroom fixtures
Long gone are the days when you have to cram standard-size bathroom fixtures into a smaller bathroom space. Manufacturers have tapped into a huge market for scaled-down fixtures perfect for those who are trying to outfit and decorate a small apartment. It’s now possible to find all sorts of compact designs for bathrooms and powder rooms that free up floor space without sacrificing function or style. These two basin styles from Alape are good examples. Both are attached to the wall and have space-saving fixture placement, such as the one on the right that has a corner faucet. The lighted mirrors are also ideal for small spaces because they can eliminate the need for additional over-sink lighting.
This bathroom sink from Vanico is another example of how to make the most of a tight space. The wall mounted vanity piece keeps the floor space open and still includes a storage unity. To its left, a tall, slim storage tower has pull-out sections that are not just functional but super convenient. The arrangement shows how manufacturers are creating designs that cater to an urban population or those who just want to have a smaller living space.
Great lighting can be another challenge in a small space because traditional lamps with big shades can be bulky and eat up a lot of space on tables and desks. Again, designers have created all kinds of options that let you have ambient as well as task lighting with new, flexible and cool designs. This handy Shutter Lamp from Good Thing is super useful because it can sit on a surface or be mounted to the wall, either with a cord or as a hard-wired fixture. The body of the lamp holds LEDs and the round disk on top is adjustable, letting you control how much light comes out and in which direction. The round lid also serves as the on and off switch, meaning less wiring if you choose to install it permanently.
This occasional table and lamp combination from Portugal might remind you of some pieces that were popular decades ago, but this is a very stylish refresh that would be fabulous in a living room or bedroom. The quirky bent arm of the lamp is like a doodle that comes up from the floor and the glossy marble table is very luxurious. This particular table would be great in any style of decor and eliminates the need for a separate lamp, thereby preserving the tabletop space.
The wall-mounted lights that are now available are exceptionally useful when decorating a small apartment because the styles are more varied than just sconces. These long-armed reading lights, for example, are ideal because they take up very little space and provide not just light, but also a good dose of design drama. The swinging arm allows you to move the light to where it is most effective for the task at hand.
Specialty Kitchen Appliances
Just as in the bathroom, the selection of appliances and fixtures for smaller kitchens has expanded exponentially. No longer do you have to sacrifice all the space in a compact kitchen to fit just a few essentials. Popular brands of ovens, refrigerators, washers, dryers — just about everything — come in space-saving dimensions. Moreover, you don’t need to sacrifice all the bells and whistles that are included in larger appliances. The smaller versions often have all the power and benefits that the larger ones do. This range from Superiore is a great example because it includes the latest technologies and improvements.
Many people enjoy living in a smaller space for a variety of reasons and now it’s possible to decorate a small apartment with all the flair and function of a larger one. Designers and manufacturers have embraced the market and have plenty of options for you to create a comfortable and very livable home.