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Short on space? Design tips for small homes.

Make the most of the space in your home with a few handy tips to increase the look and feel of your home.

Living in an apartment can present some spatial challenges. Perhaps you’ve found yourself having to sell a bulky hobby item to accommodate a more practical item, like a vacuum cleaner? Bye, bye bass guitar!

Well, we’re happy to say that small apartment living no longer means avoiding entertaining friends and family at home, having difficulty accommodating guests and kissing your most cherished hobby goodbye. With a few key pieces of furniture and a tiny bit of installation, you can double – even triple – the functional area of your home. In other words, you can have your hobby and enjoy it too!

From the living room through to the bedroom, we asked the experts for some furniture swaps and space-saving hacks to ensure you get the most out of the space in your home. Ready to learn how to live large in a small space? Let’s go!

Conquer a compact living room

The living room is an area bursting with space-saving potential. With one very important piece of multi-functional furniture and a few smaller items, you’ve almost got yourself a spare bedroom! While the sofa bed is not a new invention, Focus on Furniture’s Austin 2.5 seat chaise sofa certainly takes functional to a whole other level.

On first glance, this lounge is a simple but sleek piece of furniture, but underneath its modern façade are a number of hidden features. The design conceals both a storage chaise and sofa bed that make it an all-in-one solution for any overnight stays. Austin 2.5 seat chaise sofa with storage + sofa bed, $1,799, Focus on Furniture.

 

Amelia Blush Storage Ottoman

We get it. Storage and floor space can be limited in an apartment, which is where space-saving furniture comes in. Need to store away your blankets? Pop them into a statement ottoman. Amelia Blush Storage Ottoman, $199.95 from Pillow Talk

STORE PROFILE

Spatially aware

In the middle of summer, there’s no need to keep throw rugs and furry cushions on the couch. Choose a coffee table with concealed drawers to store everything from off-season soft furnishings to board games… even the remotes when not in use. Fulham 4 Drawer Coffee Table, $599.00 from Early Settler.

STORE PROFILE

Amelia Blush Storage Ottoman

We get it. Storage and floor space can be limited in an apartment, which is where space-saving furniture comes in. Need to store away your blankets? Pop them into a statement ottoman. Amelia Blush Storage Ottoman, $199.95 from Pillow Talk

STORE PROFILE

Spatially aware

In the middle of summer, there’s no need to keep throw rugs and furry cushions on the couch. Choose a coffee table with concealed drawers to store everything from off-season soft furnishings to board games… even the remotes when not in use. Fulham 4 Drawer Coffee Table, $599.00 from Early Settler.

STORE PROFILE

Dinner for ten? Let’s dine in!

Entertaining in a small space is entirely possible with extendable furniture! Kiss the days of dining out goodbye and say hello to big gatherings around your very own dinner table.

On a normal day, the Belgrave extension table by Focus On Furniture seats six to eight people. On a special occasion (or just a Saturday night), this solid wormy chestnut table can be transformed into a ten-seater in just a few minutes. Belgrave extension table, $1,799 from Focus on Furniture.

 

Stylish bedside storage

Sometimes storage trumps style! But when it comes to bedside tables, why not have both? Featuring mango wood tones, these bedside tables from Pillow Talk will be on-trend for years to come. Hazel Bedside Table, $399.95 from Pillow Talk.

 

Think outside the cupboard

If your clothes have found themselves fighting for precious wardrobe real estate, look no further than Provincial Home Living’s Montrose Wardrobe. In almost the click of a finger, you can expand your existing closet space with additional hanging space, a moveable shelf and 3 large drawers. Montrose Wardrobe, $2,499 from Provincial Home Living.