From Corners to Ceilings: Making the Most of Your Small Space

There are some major advantages to living in a small space. Cheaper utility bills, easier to clean and furnish, and, once organized, they’re pretty low-maintenance. However, finding the right décor and making the most of the limited space can be overwhelming. It’s important that everything in your space serve a function.

Functionality doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Use these tips to bring function and fun together to make the most of your limited square footage.

Mirror, mirror on the wall

Mirrors are a fantastic way to give the illusion of more space. And they’re useful! Buying mirrors can get expensive; hit up resale shops. Thrift shopping is fun, and you never know what you’ll find. If you don’t like the frame, paint it.

Embrace the corners

Corners are a seriously underutilized space. Instead of filling your corners with floor lamps and unwanted chairs, use shelving to create a work station. Whether you’re a student, work from home, need a place to do crafting, or just want a place to pile your junk mail, using the corner creates the space you need without taking up valuable square footage. And, hey, who doesn’t want a corner office?

Buy pieces with a purpose

The key to small space living is having a place for everything. Find pieces with a dual purpose means you need fewer pieces. Hide away spare blankets in an ottoman that also serves as your coffee table.

Get it off the floor

Floor lamps take up space, use a bracket to take your lighting to a new height. Instead of a traditional nightstand, use a floating nightstand or ditch the stand all together. Head board storage, bed caddies, and even sofa tables are great options that take up less floor space.

Cohesive colors

Clashing colors can make a small space look too busy. Decide on a color palette and stick to it. The trending color for 2018 is black. Yes, black. Thankfully, black goes with everything. Since you’re renting, feel free to paint accent pieces in your favorite color and leaves the walls alone. Accessorize with complimentary colors or go with a monochromatic look. Either way, have fun with it; just be sure you aren’t doing anything permanent.

Hang without the hassle

Command Strips are your best friend. Speaking of not doing things that are permanent, Command Strips are vital for apartment living. The best thing about it is, you can change your décor up anytime without damaging the walls. Your landlord will thank you.


Living in a small space can be a challenge. Embrace it and have fun with it. Scour thrift and antique shops for accessories and pieces that serve more than one purpose, make the most of those commonly underused spaces, use color and accent pieces to create a space that is truly yours.