How to maximize small spaces

Living in a smaller apartment or home can be a rewarding experience when you embrace smart design principles. The key is to make the most of every square inch, creating a space that's not only functional but also stylish and inviting. Our design advisors have put together practical advice and innovative design ideas to help you maximize small spaces and turn them into cozy havens. 

Space-saving furniture

Let's start with the heart of any home: the furniture. In smaller spaces, choosing pieces that serve multiple purposes or provide extra storage is essential. Consider options like a sofa bed, a dining table with foldable leaves, ottomans with hidden compartments, or a coffee table with inside storage. A lot of our customers have customized IKEA Besta benches, taking advantage of its storage possibilities. These versatile pieces save space while keeping your living area clutter-free. 

Besta bench from Sugar and Cloth

Astrid small doors in white lace on an IKEA Besta bench, designed by @sugarandcloth on Instagram.

Mirrors and light

Mirrors have a magical ability to make spaces appear larger and brighter. Strategically placing mirrors on walls opposite windows or near light sources can amplify natural light and create the illusion of more space. Additionally, choose light, neutral colors for your walls and décor to reflect light and create an open, airy feeling. Mounting TV consoles, sideboards, or other storage can also create a more airy feel in your space. 

Cane doors for IKEA Besta cabinets
Cane double doors in pale blush on an IKEA Besta cabinet with Sara chrome legs and Kristina chrome knobs on an IKEA Besta frame. 


Creative storage solutions

Storage is a top priority when designing for small spaces. Look for opportunities to utilize vertical space, such as wall-mounted or taller storage cabinets. A customer favorite is the 75"H Besta storage cabinet from IKEA, on which three of our medium Besta doors fit perfectly on. Stacking IKEA frames to create units that perfectly fit your space has become wildly popular. TV consoles with tons of storage, a narrow sideboard that can fit in a tight space or overhead-mounted storage are great ways to add storage without cramming a room. Open shelving can also add a decorative touch while storing books, décor, or home essentials. 

Over the bed Rosa Besta storage

Rosa small doors in charcoal black with Elisabeth chrome knobs on mounted IKEA Besta frames.

Multi-use spaces

Utilizing all the space and having a design that serves multiple purposes is key in smaller apartments and homes. Imagine a cozy apartment; the living room doubles as a guest bedroom. A sleek sofa bed with built-in storage provides seating during the day and a comfortable sleeping solution for guests at night. A room divider with built-in storage separates the sleeping area from the living space, offering privacy and organization. There are many options for smartly dividing a space while creating visual flow. 

Cane doors on and IKEA Besta frame
Cane double doors in charcoal black on an IKEA Besta cabinet with Sara black legs on an IKEA Besta frame.


Customized small space solution

At Norse Interiors, we believe living in a small space doesn't mean sacrificing style or comfort. The key to maximizing small spaces is a blend of functionality and aesthetics. Every piece of furniture should serve a purpose and enhance your home's overall look and feel. We're here to help you create a space that reflects your personality and makes the most of your home; no matter its size, customizable furniture pieces are designed to help you make the most of every inch. 



If you liked this, you might like Top 7 furniture hacks for New York apartments.

Follow @norseinteriors on TikTok and Instagram for more inspiration. 


Older Post Newer Post