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7 Tips for Choosing Furniture that WON’T Cramp Your Style

Small Dartmouth Living Room with Cute FurnitureLiving in a Dartmouth rental house that is a bit short on square footage can feel a little cramped. However, with the right furnishings, any small room can feel instantly bigger. Use these simple guiding principles to decorate a small space without giving up style and function, and most importantly, not crowd it. Below, we’ve listed some of the best furniture for small rooms or tight spaces in your home.

Less is More

When furnishing a small space, pick items that don’t block your view. For example, glass or acrylic tables and open-sided bookcases are both functional and they make a room feel bigger.

Slim Tables

Side and kitchen tables usually take up a lot of space in a small kitchen, living room, or seating area. Opt for small or narrow tables instead so that you can easily place them where you need them. A narrow pub table set against the back of a sofa works as a kitchen seating area as well, without taking too much floor space. You could also use a slim side table as a place to keep remotes and lamps at hand while maximizing the open space in the room.

Corner Desk

Corners are one of the most underutilized areas in any home. With a corner desk, you can turn an unused corner into a little office or workspace. You can easily find a corner desk in a style that fits your decor and the way you want to use it. Get a slim chair to go with the desk for maximum space efficiency.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors make any small room feel bigger. A decorative mirror not only adds reflected light but gives a sense of more space as well. Bring light into the room with a long, narrow mirror hung on an empty wall. In addition, mirrors can also open up an otherwise cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

You can also take advantage of natural light to make a room feel bigger. Using white or light-colored window treatments and sheer curtains will let more light come through even without big windows.

Keep Accents Small

When decorating a small room, you have to keep in mind not just the furniture, but the size of every decor item as well. Large framed art, oversized pillows, overstuffed armchairs, or other similar accents may look beautiful but can make a small space feel even smaller. Accent pieces with slender profiles and smaller sizes look better in small rooms.

Double Duty

Small rooms hardly allow space for furniture with only one use. To maximize function and space, look for furniture that can be used for different purposes. A storage ottoman serves a double purpose as a stylish seating place as well as a receptacle for blankets or other items.

Try thinking out of the box when choosing furniture. You might not need a TV stand if you get a buffet or sideboard instead. A dresser can also be instant storage in any room. Don’t be hung up on the intended purpose of a piece of furniture; instead, look for other creative ways it can be of use around your home.


Are you feeling cramped in your current rental home and ready to move into something bigger? The Dartmouth property managers in our office are here to help! Contact Real Property Management Success today, or you can view our listings online.

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