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10 Ways to Maximize the Space in a Tiny Living Room

small living room decor ideas

Having a small living room can frustrate and overwhelm you. You don’t have enough floor space for your guests; the TV is always in the way, and you never know where to put anything.

But it doesn’t have to be like this! With some creativity and careful planning, you can make a tiny living room seem spacious and keep everything in its place. 

Here are ways of setting up a sitting room if you have little space to work with. 

How to set up a sitting room arrangement 

When you are setting up a small living room, the main thing you could think of is having a seating area for relaxing or reading. 

Or maybe you’re thinking of space for hosting your guests. You will also consider adding a small coffee table to place your food and drinks while eating. 

Here are the different sofa options you can consider when buying furniture depending on the space in your house.  

A three-seater Sofa 

three seater sofa

Sofas are more comfortable for seating family members or guests in your sitting room, but could also work in the bedroom if you want to make it super cosy. 

A three-seater sofa is also ideal for converting into a double bed when guests come over. 

The Loveseat

This is another seating option that has a single seat and a back for extra support. It can easily accommodate one or two people and is comparable to a sofa in size. 

The loveseat may not be as comfortable as the sofa because of its smaller size.

In most cases, it will only have fabric wrapping on one side of its back, but some loveseats can have fabric wrapping on both sides. The loveseat will usually include buttons along the middle of the seat cushion and an armrest (or two) for added comfort.

Chaise Sofa

chaise sofa

This is part of a small three-seater sofa sectional set, meaning it is typically the first piece to be pulled out. 

This gives guests who are sitting on sofas or loveseats more room for their arms and legs because it has no armrests, but it can still accommodate one (or two) people comfortably. The chaise will usually include buttons along its middle section for added comfort.

Ottoman

These round or oval-shaped pillows are often used to provide a comfortable surface for resting one’s feet. You can use an ottoman for seating or use it as a coffee table.

How can I decorate a living room with a small budget?

Here are 10 small living room decor ideas you can try in your home that will help you maximize space.

1. Get a TV stand that doubles as storage

If you’re tight on space, consider getting a TV stand that also serves as storage. This will give you a place to put your TV and other electronics, as well as a place to store movies, games, and other entertainment items.

Some TV stands also have compartments for DVD players, cable boxes, and other electronics. This can help in keeping your living room organized and tidy.

2. Use your walls to hang artwork and other accent pieces

wall hangings

Small living rooms can be a challenge to decorate, but with a little creativity, you can make the most of the space you have.

One way to maximize space is to use your walls to hang artwork and other decorative pieces. This will help to fill up some of the space and make the room seem more spacious.

3. Use furniture that doubles as storage

When you move into a new home, it’s difficult to determine which pieces of furniture will work best in your living room.

If there is limited space, there are ways you can maximize what little floor space you have by using furniture that doubles as storage.

This includes items such as an ottoman with hidden storage inside or a coffee table that has drawers underneath. These types of items also create more seating in your living room!

4. Maximize seating by using ottomans 

With interior design, maximizing seating is key. One of the most efficient methods is to use ottomans.

Not only does this create more seating space, but it also helps to define different areas of the room.

When designing a room, finding furniture with compact, symmetrical shapes can be useful. This is because they fit together more easily and make the space feel more open and larger than it actually is. 

One of these pieces could be an ottoman or bench instead of a traditional couch or armchair. 

5. Use a mirror

mirror in a living room

Mirrors are great because they make your space look bigger. Plus they also reflect light into your living room. They can be especially useful for smaller spaces, as they also give the impression of a bigger room. 

For example, placing a mirror at the end of a hallway or walkway will reflect what is behind it and make it seem larger than it actually is.

6. Have enough sockets to plug everything at once 

It’s no secret that having an excess of electronic gadgets can be a nuisance. Between phones, laptops, tablets, Kindles, and who knows what else you might own in the future, it’s easy to see why outlets are in such high demand these days.

To plug everything in without taking up too much space on one outlet strip – and to avoid pesky extension cords – it’s important to make sure you have enough outlets.

Most rooms have only one or two outlets. In small spaces where it’s imperative to be as minimally invasive as possible, this is usually enough. 

In larger areas, however, especially those that are open concept and include a variety of electrical appliances,  try to have at least three to four if you want to be on the safe side. 

7. Use the interior of cabinets and closets to store items you don’t want on display

There are always those pesky items that we don’t know where to put. You know, the ones that don’t have a specific place in our homes and clutter up surfaces. 

Maybe it’s time to start using cabinets and closets to store these items instead?  They’re out of sight and yet still accessible at the same time!

8. Limit yourself to a certain number of items per surface

This trick will keep your house looking tidy! When it’s too cluttered, we get carried away and add even more stuff to surfaces, which clutters it up again.

Limit yourself to a certain number of items per surface and you won’t have that problem. 

All your selected items will look lovely and balanced on the surface while also being incredibly accessible at the same time! 

Aim for a total number of four or less per surface, as this looks good. 

9. Use open shelves and trays to avoid cluttering up your surfaces

open shelves

Open shelves and trays can help you neatly display items you don’t want in plain sight all the time. 

The great thing about stuff like this is that it makes a room feel cosier while still looking polished and well-put-together.

10. Display items you love on hooks

One of the most stylish ways to display items is by using simple hooks. It doesn’t require a ton of effort, it doesn’t need to be entirely permanent, and yet it still allows you to show off your personality through your favourite objects. 

Do not limit yourself when thinking of uses for the hooks; they can hold up hats, coats, scarves, and handbags. 

It’s a pretty great trick, and it will make your home look much more organized in no time.

Conclusion

Try out a few of these small living room decor ideas and see which ones work best for your individual needs and lifestyle. Not only will your home stay more organized, but it will also look chic and put together with very little effort on your part.

WRITTEN BY
Maureen Mbithe
Content Writer at BuyRentKenya
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