10 Sneaky Ways to Find More Space

Tips & Tricks to Save Space and Make Small Spaces Look Bigger

1. Light it up

Dark rooms feel small. Add lights at different heights — on tables, the floor, the walls — to brighten your room and make it seem larger.

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Photo from Ijoos

2. Add shelves

Look over your doorways and windows, is there space for a shelf? For added impact, add a strip of tube lighting at the back of the shelf, either above or below.

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Photo from Little House Well Done

3. Remove bulk

Clear furniture takes up less visual space in a room — try replacing your coffee or dining table with one with a glass top, or your dining chairs with acrylic ones.

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Photo from Elle Decor

4. Stack the beds

Bunk beds can be fun, stylish and space saving — from rustic to space age, you can find bunk beds to suit any décor.


Photo from Freshome

5. Mirror, mirror

Use mirrors to expand small spaces — if your kitchen is small, install a mirrored backsplash.

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Photo from House Beautiful

6. Build in

Adding built-in cabinetry can add tons of storage without intruding on limited space.

Photo from Better Homes & Gardens

7. Go armless

Chairs without arms — whether in your living room, bedroom or dining room — offer seating while taking up far less real and visual space than arm chairs.

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Photo from Decorpad

8. Discover opportunities

Awkward or unused spaces — such as dormers or under stairs — can be turned into useful task or storage areas.

Photo from Better Homes & Gardens


Photo from Better Homes & Gardens

9. Divide and conquer

A room divider can be visually useful to define separate spaces and functionally useful by providing additional storage and display space.

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Photo from Sunset

10. Contain, contain, contain

Nothing makes spaces look smaller than clutter — beat clutter with trays, containers and boxes and your rooms will feel more spacious.

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Photo from Martha Stewart




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