How to Maximize a Small Room


Determining how to furnish a small space can be a big challenge! How do you make the most of a small room without making it feel cluttered? What types of furniture work best in tight spaces? Luckily, we have answers to all these questions and more! At Reid’s Fine Furnishings, we have extensive experience designing all kinds of difficult spaces. Here are our top three tips for maximizing a small room:

Utilize furnishings with versatility and multi-functionality.

Less is more when furnishing a small room. When selecting furniture, prioritize finding a couple pieces that can serve multiple purposes. For example, using a storage ottoman provides a hidden place to store miscellaneous items while still giving you a place to prop up your feet. Additionally, a set of nesting accent tables, such as the Harvey Ellis Nesting Tables from Stickley, may come in handy. Tables like these can fit underneath each other when they are not in use, while still looking stylish. Nesting tables provide versatility when you are entertaining guests and need to create more surface areas for things like drinks and food – all without unnecessarily cluttering the space during every-day use of the room.

Make the space seem larger through optical illusions 

Surprisingly, the materials of the furnishings and accessories in your room play a huge role in how your eye perceives the space. Reflective materials such as glass and mirrors can help to brighten the area and create the illusion of spaciousness. For example, a glass-top cocktail table might be a better design choice than a solid wood table, as the glass will feel lighter and seem to take up less space visually. Accessorizing your walls with decorative mirrors is another great way to add interest to the space while also making the room feel bigger. Mirrors are also helpful if you small room has limited windows, as mirrors will reflect and amplify the natural light.

Use vertical space to your advantage 

When you have limited floorspace, furnishing your room vertically is crucial for maximizing the space. We recommend opting for tall, narrow pieces when selecting dressers, bookshelves, and other storage elements. Using vertical space allows your furnishings to occupy a smaller footprint, creating a more spacious feel to the room. Luckily, our manufacturers carry a variety of these pieces with myriads of options for customization, ensuring that you’re getting the perfect fit for your space!

We hope these tips inspired big ideas for your tiny room! If you do need any additional guidance, however, our design team would love to help bring your vision to life. Visit our Roanoke showroom today to learn more about our design services and our wide selection of quality furniture and accessories!