8 Ways To Make A Small Space Feel Huge

We've lived in enough small spaces to know that the secret to making them livable isn't always getting rid of everything you own. (Although, not gonna lie, that can help.) The real trick is to combine smart storage, savvy design techniques, and a little ingenuity. That's the best way to go from living in a tiny box to residing in a roomy-yet-cozy pad — without sacrificing too much. Ahead, we're showing you eight smart tips you can implement ASAP to give yourself some much-needed breathing room. Now, go forth and master your (teensy) domain!
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Photo: Courtesy of West Elm.
Tip #1
Just because you have to choose small-scale furniture doesn't mean you're limited to pieces that are basic — or worse, safe. Instead, make a splash with a dramatic hue, a really luxe fabric, or both. This West Elm loveseat has minimalist lines and a scaled-down size that will work beautifully in a studio, but it's also a statement piece you'll want to keep when you upgrade to a bigger pad.

West Elm Everett Upholstered Loveseat, $499.99, available at West Elm.
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Photo: Courtesy of Target.
Tip #2
Never underestimate the power of convertible furniture or hidden storage — both can work wonders in a small space. In this case, a drop-leaf pub table easily accommodates breakfast for one or a full spread of apps for a dinner party. A drawer and shelf are perfect for storing rarely-used serving dishes, extra cutlery, you name it.

Threshold 3-Piece Storage Pub Set, $229.99, available at Target.
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Photo: Courtesy of Pottery Barn.
Tip #3
Not blessed with a walk-in closet? Don't sweat it. All you need is a corner (or even a stretch of wall space) and this Pottery Barn storage system, and you've got a Carrie Bradshaw-worthy dressing area. You can make your own custom configuration, whether you just need some hallway storage for winter coats or want to go all out. This is a great alternative to a rolling rack, since it frees up precious floor space and creates a more airy, spacious feel.

Pottery Barn New York Shelf and Clothes Rack, $79-$199, available at Pottery Barn.
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Photo: Courtesy of IKEA.
Tip #4
There are some benefits to living in a studio: You learn to buy less, manage clutter better, and revisit high-school geometry whenever you want to rearrange. The downside? You're living in one. Single. Room. Before you go stir crazy, let smart storage solutions divide the room for you. In this case, a bookcase does double-duty by creating a living room wall of sorts; behind it, a floor-to-ceiling open wardrobe creates a bedroom boundary and expands closet space.
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Photo: Courtesy of CB2.
Tip #5
If you have a home office, chances are, you're not using the space under your desk to the fullest. Why not make the most of that unused square footage by adding a sleek, colorful filing cabinet? Bonus: It keeps all the clutter off your desk, which will make it — dare we say it? — downright enjoyable to sit down and work.

CB2 TPS Aqua File Cabinet, $159, available at CB2.
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Photo: Courtesy of Restoration Hardware.
Tip #6
A pipe-and-plank shelving system might be the most amazing thing a DIYer has ever dreamed up. Seriously — you can customize it to fit your space, your budget, and the amount of stuff you want to store. You can knock out this project in an afternoon with one trip to Lowe's and a tutorial, or you can take the ready-made route.

Restoration Hardware Maritime Shelf System, $695-$975, available at Restoration Hardware.
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Photo: Courtesy of Urban Outfitters.
Tip #7
Over-the-door storage is one of those genius ideas that make our everyday lives so much easier. How else would we keep our shoes and bags within easy reach? So, consider our minds blown by this over-the-door beauty station. Hang it over a closet or bedroom door, fill it up with your daily beauty needs, and save yourself from hassling your roomie to share the bathroom in the mornings.

Urban Outfitters Over-The-Door Vanity Station, $89, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Photo: Courtesy of Overstock.
Tip #8
Even the tiniest bathroom can feel spacious and clean when the clutter is hidden away. This tall, slim storage cabinet keeps all your grooming goodies, fresh towels, and hair tools out of sight (and free from dust) without taking up too much room. Think of it like a mini portal into your own personal spa.

Bayfield White 2-Door Linen Tower, $164.99, available at Overstock.

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