Four Things You Do That Ruin Your Small Space, #2 Is Very True

Living in a house for rent does pose many challenges. One of the biggest challenges you can ever encounter is the lack of adequate living space. The cramped space, inadequate storage and the inflexible layout are already difficult things to handle on its own. Sadly, many renters unknowingly make things a lot worse by doing these four things:

Number 1 – Using furniture with the wrong scaleFurniture Room

If you have small space, it doesn’t mean that you should buy itsy bitsy pieces of furniture. However, you should be wary in buying furniture of the wrong scale. What does this mean? This means that you have to take a closer look at the details of the furniture. Does your couch have too big arms? Maybe you would want to consider a couch that provides more seating room than arm room. Instead of opting for bulky pieces, why not try opting for furniture of the same size but with a more slender silhouette. When buying furniture, you should take a look at its overall scale and not just its width, length or height.

Number 2 – Not taking advantage of the entire wall space

room with hanging cabinet

When it comes to small houses for rent, each and every inch of space matters and this is most especially true with the wall space. Instead of just adding more and more cabinets which take up majority of your horizontal space, it is recommended that you take advantage of the space that your wall has to offer by adding different types of storage options including hooks, bookshelves and the likes.

Number 3 – Not using the right size of area rug

Area Rug

Many people think that an area rug isΒ  just a decoration. For your information, an area rug plays an important role in establishing the floor space. When you use a rug that is too small, people who will come to your home will perceive the floor space as too small. Despite this, it is not recommended that you opt for a rug that covers the entire floor. The key to using an area rug make the space look bigger is by choosing an area rug that is large enough to accommodate the front legs of your furniture. In the event that you cannot find the area rug in the right size, you can have one customized for your home.

Number 4 – Not having adequate lighting

room lighting

If you wish to open up your home, one of the most inexpensive ways to do so is to take advantage of light. There are many options that you can choose from in adding light to your space. These may include table lamps, floor lamps, plug-in scones and many more. These lighting options are portable and you can arrange them in any way you wish until you achieve the perfect look for your home.

It is about time that you let these bad habits go. When you do, you can certainly be able to live comfortably and make the most out of your little living space.

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49 thoughts on “Four Things You Do That Ruin Your Small Space, #2 Is Very True

  1. I love that you talk about furniture and scale. I think that is one of the toughest things to get right in decorating. I’m a huge fan of area rugs. They can do a great job of visually distinguishing spaces in an open floor plan.

  2. I’ve made all of these mistakes! It took me a long time to appreciate our smaller space, all because I was trying to fill it with furniture that was oversized and overstuffed, which looked awful. When I started buying smaller items, I realized just what a great space we have!

  3. Great tips. We are currently renting a house with plenty of room but we still keep our furniture minimal because I do not enjoy crowded spaces. We use to have some beautiful area rugs, but we recently gave them away because I found that with having 2 cats the rugs were high maintenance and I felt the need to vacuum them every single day.

  4. Number one is a great point that I never thought about. We have an awkward living room and all it can accommodate is the loveseat I already had – but I bet a couch with no arms (or rather small ones) would work too!
    And I totally agree about light.

  5. These are so true! Another one would be putting too much furniture in one room. I had to learn this the hard way.

  6. we’ve been living in our house for 5 years and still re organizing things. We have a pretty big space but still not enough room for kids to play

  7. I agree with the lighting. It gives a small room look larger than it actually is. For furniture, I would love to be a minimalist, however, there are some pieces I cannot resist! Thanks for the tips.

  8. I’m very guilty of #2. I don’t like too much stuff on walls, so that is my problem. With our new house we have a lot of bare walls because we are now in townhouses and any walls connecting to the neighbors are concrete so it’s hard to even get anything up!

  9. Lack of lighting is so uninviting. I absolutely feel gloomy if the light’s are too low, especially if it’s already in a small space.

  10. My main issues are furniture and not having enough storage space. We have a small 2 bedroom house, but own enough stuff to fill 3 bedrooms. To add to it, we only have one closet in the entire house. Ugh!

  11. You know I struggle with #1. We used to live in a small townhouse and bought furniture to suit it, but now we live in a big house with lofty spaces and our furniture looks tiny. I’m a little worried about where we live next. πŸ™‚

  12. I absolutely need to have lot of lighting in my work and living space. These are really good tips that can help make good use of small space efficiently.

  13. These are all spot-on! I’ve never had a problem filling up wall space but scaling furniture has always been tricky. I used to move around a lot and every place was different size rooms and layouts.

  14. These are great tips for decorating. It drives me crazy when there is not enough light in a room. I will have to use these tips for my basement project.

  15. Your ideas on scale are so true. I lived in many tiny, and I mean tiny, NYC apartments and they always seem to look bigger the more (but carefully planned) things you have in it!

  16. Your space tips are so helpful! I do follow a few of them myself because I try (as much as possible) to have a minimalist lifestyle. I like it when a room is not too furnished so that it feels airy and bright.

  17. Omg I can’t stand it when people buy the wrong sized rugs for rooms! You can have the most gorgeous furniture and it can be ruined with the wrong sized rug

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