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15 Affordable and Effective Small Room Ideas to Transform Any Space

Whether you have a small home that needs some overall planning to maximise space, or a problem room that just doesn’t work for your needs, these affordable small room ideas will help to transform any space!

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Not everyone is blessed with a house with large rooms, and if you sometimes feel your small rooms are a pain and you wish you could do more to make the living space bigger, you’re not alone!

From dual purpose furniture to space-saving brilliance, these easy small room ideas are genius!

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Small Room Ideas That Really Work!

#1. Use a Bedside Corner Shelf

Image: Apartment Therapy

If space is tight in your bedroom and you don’t have room for a bedside table this idea for a corner shelf at the bedside from Apartment Therapy is a neat one.

#2. Shelves as Bedside Tables

Image: Lushome

Another simple but effective bedroom trick is building shelves up the wall that you can double up to use as a bedside table space too, like this idea from Lushome.

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#3. Fill Unused Spaces

Image: Truly Lovely Life

Corner spaces that are too small for furniture make the ideal space for floating shelves or for fitting corner shelves as Truly Lovely Life did.

Here’s a video tutorial showing how to build a similar bookcase

#4. Use Spaces Above Doors

Image: The 2 Seasons

Use space above doors for shelving to create more storage options, for example like The 2 Seasons created for themselves in this bathroom example. Perfect for storing extra towels or items that aren’t needed on a daily basis.

#5. Under Bed Storage

Image: Vanilla Joy

Maximise storage by using under bed space, for example, buy or create your own storage tubs on wheels to roll in and out from under the bed or use vacuum pack storage cases where you vacuum out the air to make them super flat.

We love this idea from Vanilla Joy where they made a platform bed based on an Ikea Expedit bookcase at the endn of the bed for extra storage.

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#6. Use Under Stair Space

Image: Design Sponge

Under stairs often has wasted space that could be used for storage. This mix of open storage cubby holes shown on Design Sponge lets you both hang and stack everything you need for day-to-day life.

Other ideas could include creating a work space with desk and shelving, a play space for young children, a coat and bag storage area, space for bulky items like vacuums and cleaning supplies, etc

#7. Sliding Walls

Image: Dwell

Use sliding walls in place of doors to streamline space, and separate larger areas into smaller zones. In this example from Dwell, a sliding door separates the master bedroom from the living room and also doubles as a backdrop for a projector.

#8. Fold Down Furniture to Save Space

Image: Shanty 2 Chic

We love this project from Shanty 2 Chic to make a DIY Murphy desk that folds down from the wall. You could do this kind of thing for a breakfast table too if you’re short of space in the kitchen.

#9. Extra Kitchen Storage

Image: Classy Clutter

If you have a narrow space in your kitchen that isn’t being used, you could make a DIY storage unit to fit the space – like this idea from Classy Clutter who made a narrow larder unit to fill unused space beside the fridge.

#10. Laundry Cupboard

Image: One Kind Design

If you only have a small space for your washing machine and dryer, this tip from One Kind Design is neat – stack your appliances and then have shelving to the side for your detergents and cleaning supplies.

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#11. Make a Feature Wall

Image: Damsel in Dior

Draw your attention away from the size of a room by making a dramatic statement on one wall. This is most easily achieved by adding a fabulous eye catching statement wallpaper like this one from Damsel in Dior.

Keep the rest of the walls in a very neutral colour and this design will “pop” giving the room a focal point.

#12. Pick Versatile Furniture for Your Living Room

If your living room is on the small side, buy versatile furniture that you can store away and pull out if required.

Nest tables are a good idea as you get several surfaces that compact into one, while a coffee table on wheels can be moved, or an ottomon which can provide double duty as seating and surface.

#13. Try Different Arrangements of Furniture

Image: Homedit

If your room size is making it tricky for your furniture, then try different arrangements. For example, in a room of 100 sq ft, you can have as many as 10 different layouts, depending on how you arrange the furniture.

Here’s a handy diagram from Homedit showing some possible configurations for a small living room, depending on your furniture.

#14. Draw the Eye Upwards

Image: My Domaine

If you have low ceilings, try this trick from My Domaine. Draw eyes upward by placing eye-catching items up high or running an accent or a furniture piece from the floor toward the ceiling, to create the illusion of height.

#15. Don’t be Afraid to Use the Window as a Wall

Image: BHG

In small rooms, convention has to go out the window! Try this tip from Better Homes & Gardens – positioning your bed up against the window(s) if it better suits the dimensions of the room. You can always turn the windows into a feature behind your bed and then you can use the other walls in the room for your functional needs.

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Have your say! Do you have any small room ideas or tips to share? Leave a comment below and let us know – we’d love to hear from you!

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Jill Holtz