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

Small Anacostia Living Room with Cute FurnitureIf your Anacostia rental house has minimal square footage, it may seem a little cramped. However, with the right furnishings, any small room can feel instantly bigger. Use these simple guiding principles to decorate a small space without giving up style and function, and most importantly, not crowd it. Below, we’ve listed some of the best furniture for small rooms or tight spaces in your home.

Less is More

When you furnish a small space, it is important to choose items that don’t 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 often hog floor space in an already small kitchen, dining room, or seating area. Opt for small or narrow tables instead that you can set up where you want when the need arises. You can also save floor space with a narrow pub table that also serves as a kitchen seating area when set against the back of a sofa A slim side table can also hold remotes and lamps while making the most of the open space in the room.

Corner Desk

Corners are often underutilized areas in a home. Turn that unused corner into an office or workspace by adding a corner desk. You can choose from many styles of corner desks to fit your decor and purpose. For maximum use of the space, pair the desk with a slim chair.

Mirror, Mirror

Make any small room feel bigger by using mirrors. A decorative mirror not only adds reflected light but gives a sense of more space as well. Bring light into the room with a long, narrow mirror hung on an empty wall. In addition, mirrors can also open up an otherwise cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

Bringing in more natural light will also make a room feel bigger. Even if you don’t have big windows, you can still maximize the light you are getting by using white or light-colored window treatments, sheer curtains, and the like so you can let more light in without giving up your privacy.

Keep Accents Small

When decorating a small room, you have to keep in mind not just the furniture, but the size of every decor item as well. While large framed art, oversized pillows, or overstuffed armchairs may look pretty, they can easily crowd a small space. Accent pieces with slender profiles and smaller sizes look better in small rooms.

Double Duty

Small rooms usually don’t have enough space for multiple furniture with individual uses. Maximize functionality and space by choosing furniture that has multiple uses. A storage ottoman serves a double purpose as a stylish seating place as well as a receptacle for blankets or other items.

It is also good to think out of the box when choosing furniture for your rooms. You might not need a TV stand if you get a buffet or sideboard instead. A dresser can also be instant storage in any room. Avoid being hung up on the intended purpose of each furniture piece, and instead, look for its potential to serve a different creative purpose.


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

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