Small Spaces

25 space-saving tips

25 space-saving tips

Image: Michael Graydon

Small Spaces

25 space-saving tips

Big or small, make the most of the space you have with 25 easy-to-follow tips.

Nothing makes you feel more cramped in your living space than clutter and confusion. Follow our tips to help you minimize the mess and tidy up your space.

1. Add shelves above doorways.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

2. Banish room-darkening shadows with additional light fixtures.

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Image: Stacey Brandford  

3. Put glass shelves across deep-set windows.

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Image: Style at Home

4. Use a chest or an ottoman with storage inside as a coffee table.

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Image: Tracey Ayton

5. Put low bookcases along a sofa back: they'll double as a sofa table.

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Image: Robin Stubbert

6. Keep the flooring throughout a small space the same for visual continuity.

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Image: Robin Stubbert

7. Line a room with a shelf high up on the wall.

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Image: Tracey Ayton

8. Keep window treatments simple.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

9. Run a low bookcase underneath windows.

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Image: Stacey Brandford

10. Stretch your space to the outdoors by making a patio or deck comfortable and welcoming.

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Image: Michael Graydon

11. Place a large bucket for magazines next to your favourite chair.

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Image: Barry Calhoun

12. Line a hallway with bookshelves.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

13. Use a wicker hamper as both an end table and storage space for blankets.

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Image: Robin Stubbert

14. Buy a coffee table with a drawer for remotes.

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Image: Barry Calhoun

15. Carve out shallow display space between wall studs.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

16. Use fewer, larger pieces of furniture and accessories to reduce visual clutter.

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Image: Angus McRitchie

17. Choose sofas and chairs with plain or textured upholstery rather than vibrant prints.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

18. Install shelves around a window.

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Image: Janis Nicolay

19. Add window seats with lids.

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Image: Michael Graydon

20. Run shelves up to the ceiling.

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Image: Janis Nicolay


21. Buy a magazine rack or stack magazines in flat-bottom baskets underneath a console or coffee table.

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Image: Stephani Buchman

22. Take advantage of wasted space with corner bookcases.

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Image: Stacey Brandford

23. Think monochromatic.

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Image: Angus McRitchie

24. Eliminate obstructions: the further you can see into and through a space, the larger it'll seem.

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Image: Ashley Capp

25. Arrange furnishings to avoid blocking views of windows and doors.

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Image: Stacey Brandford

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