For a lot of us, interior decorating doesn’t come second nature.


It can be hard to choose the right couch and the right coffee table. Sometimes we aren’t sure which art to hang or what rug to throw down. We don’t always make the best choices in terms of colors and textiles.
  • And when you have a small living room, it can be even trickier.
  • Are you looking for some exciting ideas on how to redecorate or rearrange your living space?

Here are seven unique ways to redesign a small living room.

1. Swap Out a Sofa for Chairs

In a living room, a couch is often the focal point. But no rule says you even need one.

Instead of putting in an oversized couch that takes up an entire wall, consider buying a loveseat or two armchairs in its place. You can angle your armchairs towards the television or toward one another as a way to inspire conversation.
  • Can’t imagine not having a sofa in your living room?
  • If you prefer to have a full-sized couch, try floating it instead of pushing it up against a wall.
  • By pulling your couch away from the wall and leaving space behind it, you can create the illusion that the room is actually larger than it is.

2. Use Ottomans in Place of a Coffee Table

If you like to entertain guests, ditch your coffee table in favor of two or three ottomans.
Ottomans with removable lids are a great alternative to a bulky coffee table. They also provide concealed storage, as you can stash blankets, books, and all sorts of things inside. In a small living room, storage is key!
  • When shopping for ottomans to use as a coffee table, look for ones with flat tops. Scout around for sturdy materials, such as leather and faux leather.
  • If you prefer to use an ottoman with a soft upholstered top, you can! You may just want to top it off with a sturdy serving tray, so you at least have a place to rest a beverage, or a bowl of snacks.
  • When you have guests over, just spread your ottomans around the room and they can do double duty as extra seating.

3. Get a Large Area Rug

A large rug in a bold pattern can instantly make a small space look and feel bigger.

Placing a small area rug beneath your coffee table will break up the floor space, but not in the way you want. It creates all sorts of dividing lines, which can make a room feel smaller.
  • Now, with a large rug that covers the majority of the floor, the room will look more seamless. This tricks the eye into thinking that the floor is larger than it actually is.
  • You can look at a handy rug-sizing guide here.

4. Create High Storage Spaces

The smaller your home, the more creative you have to be about storage and the more critical it is to use vertical space.
  • To maximize storage space and make your living room seem bigger, mount floating shelves high up on your walls. Try places such as over your windows and doorways. You can use those shelves to store books, display decorative objects, or hold miscellaneous items in storage bins.
  • Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are another great way to create the appearance of a bigger space and enjoy more storage area. The taller the bookcase, the more it will draw the eye upward and promote a more spacious feel.

5. Hide Your TV

For most people, the living room is “the TV room.” Yet, most of us don’t want a giant television screen to be the focal point of our design.
  • The good news is that there are some unique ways to hide your television so that it’s visible when you want to watch it and hidden from view when you don’t.
  • To maximize space in a small living room, mount your TV on the wall rather than putting it on a chunky TV stand that takes up precious floor space.
  • Once your TV is hanging flush on the wall, consider hiding it by mounting sliding barn doors. Or sliding wall panels that you can pull from side to side with ease. You can even hide it with hinged art prints that open and fold back like window shutters.

6. Hang a Chair

You can make a space look and feel larger simply by having fewer furniture pieces on the floor. So if you’re considering adding an accent chair in a corner, opt for a hanging chair instead.

Hang a chair from the ceiling near a window, and you can create an instant reading nook. It can also become your go-to place to enjoy a morning cup of coffee or an evening glass of wine.

7. Add a Bold Statement Piece

The real trick to making a room feel larger is to distract from the room's size altogether. You can do that simply by adding a bold statement piece.

Your statement piece could be a brightly colored chair. It could be a massive piece of artwork on the wall behind your couch. It could be a unique vase or a decorative object that stands out on an accent table.
That way, when you have guests over, they’ll be so drawn to your statement piece that they’ll hardly even notice how small your place is!


Ready to redesign your small living room to make it appear larger?

Here’s what to do:
  • Use a loveseat or two armchairs in place of a couch
  • Turn ottomans into a coffee table (and extra seating)
  • Cover your floor with a large, bold area rug
  • Create high storage spaces with tall bookcases or floating shelves
  • Hide your TV with sliding barn doors or wall panels
  • Hang a chair to free up floor space
  • Add a bold statement piece that distracts from the size of the room
With these tricks, you can make even a tiny studio apartment look and feel like a bigger, more luxurious space.

[Author Bio]
Adam Marshall is a freelance writer who specializes in all things apartment organization, real estate, and college advice. He currently works with Copper Beech Bowling Green to help them with their online marketing.