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7 Tips for Choosing Furniture that WON’T Cramp Your Style

Small North Charleston Living Room with Cute FurnitureIf your North Charleston rental house has limited square footage, you might feel a little cramped. But when you have the right furnishings, you can make any small room feel instantly bigger. You can decorate a small space without crowding it or sacrificing style and functionality by following these simple guiding principles. Below, we’ve listed some of the best furniture for small rooms or tight spaces in your home.

Less is More

When furnishing a small space, pick items that don’t block your view. For example, glass or acrylic tables and open-sided bookcases are both functional and they make a room feel bigger.

Slim Tables

Side and kitchen tables usually occupy a lot of space and can easily crowd a small kitchen, dining room, or seating area. Opt for small or narrow tables that you can set up wherever you need them. A narrow pub table set against the back of a sofa can serve as a kitchen seating area without taking much floor space. Slim side tables are also a great way to keep remotes and lamps at hand while still saving space.

Corner Desk

Corners are often underutilized areas in a home. That unused corner can be transformed into a little office or workspace just by adding a corner desk. Find a corner desk that fits your decor and set it up the way you intend to use it. Make the most of the space by pairing the desk with a slim chair.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors make any small room feel bigger. Create a sense of more space with a decorative mirror. You can also add depth and light to a room by hanging a long, narrow mirror on an empty wall. In addition, mirrors can also open up an otherwise cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

Natural lighting also makes a room feel bigger. Even with only small windows, you can let more light come through if you use white or light-colored window treatments or sheer curtains.

Keep Accents Small

Consider the size of every decor item–not just the furniture–when decorating a small room. Big framed art, oversized pillows, overstuffed armchairs, and similar items can crowd an already small space. Accent pieces with slender profiles and smaller sizes look better in small rooms.

Double Duty

Small rooms can rarely accommodate multiple pieces of furniture that serve only a single purpose. Instead, choose furniture that has multiple uses to maximize functionality and space. A storage ottoman serves a double purpose as a stylish seating place as well as a receptacle for blankets or other items.

When choosing furniture for your rooms, try to think out of the box. A buffet or sideboard can serve as a TV stand, while a dresser can be instant storage in any room. Don’t be hung up on the intended purpose of a piece of furniture; instead, look for other creative ways it can be of use around your home.


Are you feeling cramped in your current rental home and ready to move into something bigger? The North Charleston property managers in our office are here to help! Contact Real Property Management Charleston today, or you can view our listings online.

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