In some ways, the need to stick to a tight budget is beneficial if you have a small living room. The less space you have to fill, the better; the money you have can go further and be invested in quality.
However, you face the issue of struggling for furniture options that will suit a small space. Many standard living room items are large, bulky, and built for rooms far larger than what you have. This can tempt you to trying to fit too much into your space, which in turn will damage the entire design aesthetic that you’ve been hoping to achieve.
If you want to ensure that your living room looks fabulous regardless of your budget and the room’s relatively small size, then here are a few essentials to keep in mind.
Abandon display cabinets and bookshelves
Display cabinets and bookshelves are fantastic pieces of furniture. They can help give a room height and bring a room together, as well as offering the practical benefits of a large amount of storage.
However, display cabinets and bookshelves also have a large footprint-- a footprint that is likely to be a little too much for your small-sized living room. A better option for small rooms is to opt for on-wall displays such as hooks, which can provide the same storage without compromising the space you have available.
Spend on the items that matter most
If you’re on a budget, then you need to invest in the items that will be used the most. For the living room, that means you’re going to want to invest in your sofa. As your sofa receives the most wear and tear, it’s the one item that needs to last. Spending more upfront on frequently-used items will save you money in the long run, as you won’t have to incur the cost of replacements on a regular basis.
Sofas and/or armchairs should make up the bulk of your budget. Other items, such as TV units or tables, can be less expensive as they don’t have to withstand the same level of treatment.
Look for hidden storage
Storage is an issue throughout the house, but particularly in the living room. As the busiest room in the house, you want to be able to access a number of different items without having to move into another room-- but as mentioned above, bookshelves and display cabinets can be a drain on your available space.
The best option is to opt for items that have hidden storage options. Ottomans, for example, can function as both a seat and a storage facility; some footstools offer the same options. Additionally, your TV unit should have as many storage compartments as possible; you’d be surprised by just how much use you will get out of an extra few drawers beneath the TV shelf.
If you follow the tips above, you can continue to have an aesthetically-pleasing room despite the issues that you are having to juggle. We at Furniture In Fashion have a range of options available to meet your needs, whatever your budget or room dimensions, so keep these tips in mind while shopping and you won’t go far wrong.