Top 7 furniture hacks for New York apartments

At Norse Interiors, we specialize in creating beautiful and functional spaces for urban living. As New Yorkers, we know that living in a small apartment can be challenging, but with the right furniture and design, you can create a cozy and inviting space that feels like home. Here are our top tips for furnishing a small New York apartment.

Invest in multi-functional furniture

In a small space, every square inch counts. Invest in furniture pieces that serve multiple purposes, such as a sofa bed or a storage ottoman. This way, you can maximize your space without sacrificing style.

Choose furniture that fits the scale of your space

When furnishing a small apartment, it's important to choose furniture that fits the scale of your space. Oversized furniture can make a small room feel cramped, so opt for pieces that are appropriately sized.

Rosa doors from Norse Interiors on a Besta cabinet from IKEA

Pale blush Rosa doors on a white Besta frame from IKEA, with black Agnes pulls. (Currently 20% off.)

Use mirrors to create the illusion of space

Mirrors are a great way to make a small space feel larger and brighter. Hang a large mirror on one of your walls, or opt for furniture pieces with mirrored surfaces, such as a mirrored console table.

Get creative with storage

Storage is key in a small apartment. Look for furniture pieces that double as storage, such as a coffee table with built-in drawers or a bed with under-bed storage. You can also use decorative baskets and bins to store items that don't have a designated space and don’t limit dressers to the bedroom - they make excellent living room storage as well.

 Rosa doors on IKEa Besta cabinets mounted over a bed

Black Rosa doors on a black/brown Besta frame from IKEA, with chrome Elisabeth knobs. (Currently 20% off.)

Don't be afraid of color

While it may be tempting to stick to neutrals in a small space, don't be afraid to add pops of color. A bold rug or a brightly colored accent wall can add personality and depth to a small room.

Green interior decor for small apartment spaces


Create zones

In a small apartment, it can be helpful to create different zones for different activities. Use furniture and rugs to define different areas, such as a reading nook or a workspace.
Cane doors on an IKEA Besta sideboard

Cane doors in charcoal black on a black/brown Besta frame from IKEA, with black Sara legs.


Keep it simple

In a small space, it's important to keep things simple and clutter-free. Stick to a few key pieces of furniture and decor, and avoid over-stuffing your space with unnecessary items.

At Norse Interiors, we believe that small spaces can be just as stylish and functional as larger ones. By following these tips, you can create a beautiful and functional space that you'll love coming home to.




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