We all want our homes to have a generous amount of available seating so that our friends and relatives can visit in comfort, but this is not always easy or even possible, especially if our home is particularly small, or, as the estate agents would have it, bijou!
Make the most of your small home by utilising one or all of the following décor hints and eschewing conventional furniture in favour of these fun and space saving ideas.
When dealing with a small space the key is to not waste a bit of it! There is a saying in interior decoration circles that each room has eight corners: make sure that you do not forget about the ones over your head!
Maximise storage by using the full height of a room, installing tall bookcases and shelves. Try to use the full width of the wall that you are giving over to the bookcase or shelving in order to create the maximum amount of storage space with as little wastage as possible. In this way, all your books, DVDs and CDs can be contained in a fairly small footprint while still being easy to see or find.
Something to Reflect on
Hang large mirrors on the wall, or use mirror tiles to create the illusion that there is actually twice as much space in the room. Mirrors also work to reflect light and if you are careful about the way you position your lamps you can create a wonderfully airy effect!
Apart from enabling you to check your appearance when you need to, mirrors are often also attractive features in their own right.
Bags of Room!
Do not shy away from unconventional and informal types of furniture like beanbags and modular furniture. The latter breaks down into component parts when not in use, and bean bags are comfortably squashy; both of which facts mean that you can easily store your extra seating when you are alone, so you can enjoy every available inch of space in your living room.
Using bean bags and modular furniture means that you get to enjoy the best of both worlds: having sufficient seating for family and friends when necessary, but plenty of space for the rest of the time! Beanbags are immensely versatile and convenient, easily fitting into most décor schemes and offering a comfy seat to children and fun-minded adults alike!
Invest in furniture pieces that serve a dual purpose; such as a coffee table that doubles as an immense chest, or a side table that has a convenient storage drawer tucked underneath it. You can even combine storage with seating, finding footstools and chairs with roomy storage space concealed within then.
Finally, maximise the light in the room. Gloom and darkness tends to shrink space while brightness opens it out beautifully. Use mirrors and lamps, as mentioned above, and make sure that your windows are sparklingly clean at all times. If you have net curtains or voile panels to afford some privacy, try and choose colours and textures that will block curious glances while allowing a great deal of natural daylight to penetrate into the room.
Managing director of rucomfy beanbags, a leading manufacturer and distributor of beanbags and other soft furnishings.