Six ways to maximise a small room's potential

Posted: 26th Sep 2018

Whether it's a pocket-sized room or a house that's a bit more on the snug side than spacious, tackling a small space will require thought, care and creativity

If you're wondering what this involves, Victoria Harrison, Editor of, is sharing tips from the Houzz community that are sure to help you utilise even the smallest of spaces...

1. Elevate your bed

As you normally spend most of your time lying horizontally on your bed, you will not actually need too much height above it. Beds take up lots of space, so elevating one will give you plenty of room for other things - ie, a desk, sofa or even a chest of drawers.

2. Reflect the room

If you're on a budget and are only planning to buy a few items to help you to make the most of it, a large mirror should be near the top of your list. Hanging an oversized design will have an instant impact, making a small room feel both bigger and brighter. By positioning it opposite a window, you achieve maximum light-boosting power. 

3. Space-saving furniture

You can provide an eating surface for one or two people by opting for a double drop-leaf table - that way, it can be expanded to accommodate smaller groups. When they're not in use, certain models can be folded away and tucked behind a door, or even leaned against a wall. Pairing one with folding chairs is another simple way to save even more space.

4. Stick to pale colours

While the rules about colour are there to be broken, you should remember that dark, saturated shades will absorb light, thus making a space feel even smaller. Painting a petite pad white will ensure you give it the best chance of appearing bigger and more open.

5. Horizontal lines

A simple way to make a room feel longer will be opting for repeating horizontal lines in the flooring, walls and even the ceiling boards. Another handy option will be to forgo a rug - it helps you to create the optical illusion that the space is bigger. Avoiding a visual interruption will also make the eye think the space is longer than it is.

6. Pick a pedestal table

A round dining table with a slender pedestal base will tuck into smaller spaces with ease. The round edges will also mean you don't have to worry about bumping into sharp corners, while the leg-free base will mean it's easier to squeeze one more friend around the table.

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