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

Small Watertown Living Room with Cute FurnitureIf your Watertown rental house has limited square footage, you might feel a little cramped. But any small room can instantly feel bigger with the right furnishings. 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

One great way to furnish a small space is to pick items that do not block your view. For instance, glass or acrylic tables and open-sided bookcases are both functional and make your 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. Instead, you can opt for small or narrow tables that you can place wherever you need them. You can also set a narrow pub table against the back of a sofa so it can do double duty as a kitchen seating area without taking additional floor space. You could also use a slim side table as a place to keep remotes and lamps at hand while maximizing the open space in the room.

Corner Desk

One of the most underutilized areas in your home is your corners. With a corner desk, you can turn an unused corner into a little office or workspace. With the many styles of corner desks available, you can easily find one that fits your decor and intended way to use it. To get the best use of space, pair the desk with a slim chair.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors make any small room feel bigger. Use a decorative mirror or two to reflect more light and a sense of more space. Install a long, narrow mirror on an empty wall to add depth and light to any room. Mirrors are also great for opening up a cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

You can also take advantage of natural light to make a room feel bigger. Using white or light-colored window treatments and sheer curtains will let more light come through even without big windows.

Keep Accents Small

The size of every decor item –not just the furniture– is important when it comes to decorating small rooms. A small space will feel even smaller if you add large framed art, oversized pillows, or overstuffed armchairs. You can, instead, choose accent pieces in smaller sizes and slender profiles to balance the room’s look and feel.

Double Duty

In small rooms, you don’t usually have the luxury of having space for furniture with individual uses. Multi-use furniture allows you to maximize functionality and space. For instance, a storage ottoman can hold your blankets or other items.

It is also good to think out of the box when choosing furniture for your rooms. A buffet or sideboard can serve as a TV stand, while a dresser can be instant storage in any room. Don’t be fixated on the intended purpose of a piece of furniture, but instead see how else it can be used around your home.


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

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