It is so tragic to me when a small space is dwarfed even more by overstuffed furniture. Sure, that huge sofa might be comfy, but being cramped in your living space is probably not worth it. Preparation is key!
Here are some examples of what you can do. Below is an example of a finished room that uses a settee, instead of a big sofa and the room still looks full and proportionate. Now, if you want something you can actually lay on, this might not be for you. To get a full sofa in this space, the hefty side tables would need to be replaced with a smaller style table.
For really tiny places like the one above, a big sofa is never going to work, so you’ll have to save the fully horizontal position, for the bedroom (sorry). But the good news with this one is that you can hang your legs over the side if you really wanted to!!
This room has a great allusion of space and I love how they have small, easily movable side chairs and a bench underneath that mirror. This is great for entertaining or when you need to change the set up of a room in a snap!
Definitely measure your rooms before you buy furniture, write down or remember the following guidelines: for main traffic areas, your going to want to have a minimum of 3-5ft from one piece of furniture to another. In Secondary traffic areas you will want 2-3ft and then areas like the space between your coffee table and sofa should be a minimum of 18-24 inches.
These are minimums, so when you measure your rooms, do some subtracting to find out the maximum dimensions you should have for your furniture pieces. Remember, in a dining room, you should have at least 3ft from the wall to the table so that the chair can pull out. If you had furniture given to you, try to sell it on Craigslist, so that you can find something smaller and always ask for dimensions. Don’t believe someone on Craigslist that says it is a “normal” size, that is so vague and they probably just don’t know what they are talking about, so bring a measuring tape with you where ever you go!
If you do have over sized pieces that for some reason or another you can’t swap out, don’t try to balance it with other huge pieces. It is fine to use some small pieces and then perhaps use color as a balancing weight. Remember, move objects around and “play” until you find what works best.