5 Interior Designer Secrets for Functional Small Spaces

5 Interior Designer Secrets for Functional Small Spaces

Interior Designer Secrets to Small Spaces - Aaltonen Interiors

It goes without saying that having a small space requires advanced skills in space planning. Making it functional is a challenge, but not “mission impossible”. There is an old saying that size doesn’t matter. And if everything works, it really doesn’t! Apply these simple rules and enjoy your space!


1. Clear the Clutter

Clutter won’t flatter your small space. I keep saying this over and over again, but the cheapest decorating tip is to clear all the clutter. Make an honest inventory of your belongings and keep only the things you really need and really like. If you haven’t used something in the past year, chances are you don’t need it. Pass all unneeded things on to your chosen charity or sell them on-line. Both options will make you feel good!


2. Focus on Functionality

The smaller the space, the more you need to focus on functionality. How do you want to use the space? Are there uses for the room that happen at the same time? Make sure you allow this in your plans!


3. Look Up

Make good use of your walls, leaving floor space for moving around. You can have shelves and cupboards on the walls, you can hang anything on the wall, even your bicycle! The space feels bigger when you can move around without bumping into all sorts of obstacles. If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings, maybe you could build a mezzanine?

Remember that you can replace floor lamps with wall lamps which again will free you some valuable floor space. Don’t compromise on lighting, your small space needs it!

It’s a cliché, but Ikea is great with making the most out of small spaces. You don’t need to like their style, but go to the shop and learn from their space planning. The ideas you see can be adjusted to any interior design style you like.


4. Find Extra Storage

It’s amazing how easy it is to find places for extra storage: drawers under the bed, a coffee table or ottoman with storage, sofa with a built-in storage, and so on. Also, your cupboards don’t need to be 60 cm deep, often a smaller 30 cm works perfectly well.


5. Choose the Right Furniture

Light, movable furniture is what you want, because then you can easily move them around depending on what you are doing. Buy furniture that can be used in several ways: a bed that doubles as a sofa, a dining chair that doubles as an office chair, a kitchen table that doubles as an office desk.

Foldable furniture is also great space saver, whether a foldable table, foldable chair or a bed that can be lifted up on the wall.


If you follow these 5 tips, you will be amazed how much nicer your room will look, and how much more usable it will be.

If you are looking for more personal advice on making the best use of your space, press here to book a meeting. I would love to help!


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