6 Small Space Must-Haves

Don’t let your small space hold you back from your big decorating dreams. While tiny homes present some unique decorating challenges there are plenty of ways to overcome them and create a space big on style. The key to living large in a tiny home is to use the right pieces—those that maximize space without sacrificing style. Before settling into any small space make sure you've got these must-have decor items.

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    Nesting Tables

    Acrylic Nesting Tables by Chaise Longue
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    Whoever invented the nesting table is a hero of small space dwellers the world over. These tables tuck in one under another, making them perfect for tiny rooms. They’re often found in sets of two or three tables (although it's possible to have more) and they come in a huge variety of styles. If you really want to make the most of a small space, opt for clear acrylic nesting tables, which are visually light and create a sense of negative space.

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    Large Mirrors

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    Mirrors are a must-have item for any small space, mainly because they reflect light and open up rooms making them feel quite a bit bigger than they really are. A few tips to consider are to keep the number of mirrors you use in a single room to a minimum but make sure they’re big, and whenever possible place them across from windows to maximize the amount of natural light in the room. That said, if you prefer to do a gallery-style wall with several mirrors you can, just make sure the frames are simple so the wall doesn't look cluttered.

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    Adaptable Furniture

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    Furniture that can adapt and be used for different purposes is vital in small spaces. For instance, an upholstered ottoman or bench can be moved around a room and used as seating or as a coffee table; or a solid side chair could double as an end table or night table. A good rule of thumb is to only bring in items that have at least two uses. It’s not always possible but the more you can do it the better.

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    Drop Leaf Tables

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    Much like nesting tables, drop leaf tables are fantastic for small homes.  When extended they can be big enough to use as a dining table for 6 to 8 people, and when both leaves are down they can be small enough to use as a console table. And of course, you can always leave one leaf extended and use it as a desk.

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    Floating Shelves

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    Floating shelves are a brilliant solution for small rooms because they take up so little space and can be placed just about anywhere. Visually they’re linear and therefore don’t take up any unnecessary visual space either. When decorating with floating shelves don’t be afraid to go high—the use of vertical space is very important when decorating small spaces, so stack one on top of the other as high as you're daring to go.

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    Storage Baskets

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    Baskets are genius for hiding away remote controls, loose papers and all the other small things that clutter up rooms. A few baskets that you can line across the bottom of a shelving unit or under a table can do wonders. Consider labeling a basket for every person who lives in the home and ​have everyone keep their little items in them. It’s a great way to keep rooms clutter-free.