5 Must-Have Items To Make The Most Out Of A Small Space

We all know living in the city has its perks: the incredible fashion shops, trendy hotspots, phenomenal museums and myriad of unbelievable (and ever-changing) restaurants add up to a creative paradise all within walking (okay, cabbing) distance of your space. The major issue for most of us? Tight, tiny apartments in which we have to fit and display all our worldly possessions — including ourselves!
It's a pain, we know. After all, where are we supposed to store all those fashion finds we hunt down in the city's best shops, anyway?
Well, these next five furnishing staples are just the thing to utilize the space you do have. Think carefully curated, multi-use pieces. After all, choosing the perfect sofa is like choosing the perfect pair of skinny jeans; use the same shopping methods for your apartment will not only keep your budget in check, but will also leave you with a super-chic space filled only with items you love.
1 of 5
Floor Seating — The right oversized cushion can be used as a side table, coffee table, extra seating area, or just decor, as needed.

West Elm Kite Kilim Floor Pouf, $249, available at West Elm.
2 of 5
A Floor Mirror — A tall mirror increases visual space and adds depth to a room. Plus, you need a place to check out those outfits, don't you?

Ikea Stave Mirror, $49.99, available at Ikea.
3 of 5
A Sleeper Sofa — This turns your living room into an instant guest room, and can also work as your own twin bed in a real space pinch.

Crate and Barrel Sleeper Sofa, $1,299, available at Crate&Barrel.
4 of 5
Wall Storage — Lots of shelves add space for books, paintings and objets d’ art, to creates visual interest and depth.

Urban Outfitters Vintage Wooden Locker Shelf, $89, available at Urban Outfitters.
5 of 5
Great Lighting — Using table or floor lamps allow you to control what is and isn’t seen, and creates shadows which can blur the confines of a room. There’s nothing worse than the revealing and unflattering light that standard flush mounts give off!

19th Century Vintage Mercury Lamp, $225, available at Restoration Hardware.

More from Home


R29 Original Series