Furnishing Tiny Spaces

Although I absolutely love working with small spaces to maximize storage and function, finding the right furniture pieces to fit are often a challenge. I’ve been on the hunt for several weeks for a 12-inch-wide bedside table with a drawer and shelf on the bottom.  It’s amazing how much time a person can spend looking for the right piece, especially if you’re a perfectionist, like me.

I am exploring options. I could have the piece custom made, but it’s not in the budget for this particular project. If I could find a vintage piece, it could be painted with that fabulous chalk paint that doesn’t require removing the existing finish. I found a piece at Pier 1 that is 14” wide so I’m going back to re-measure the spot to see if I can somehow make it work. If not, it’s off to the antique stores.

There certainly are some fabulous pieces of furniture available for a small space.  I find too many of my clients make the mistake of putting a lot of small pieces of furniture into a tiny space trying to make it functional.  The key is to find the perfect piece or pieces which serve multiple functions and make them as big as you possibly can while still having enough space for the room to breathe.

I turned to my friend Suzanne at Attica Furnishings in Halifax to give us some other multi-function small-space furniture ideas, and she certainly delivered a few very interesting pieces.   The bedside table dilemma happens a fair bit these days as my clients move into condos with fairly small square footage where the bedroom space is often very limited. After all, you do just sleep there.  Suzanne found a bed with attached shelves that serve as nightstands.  Many of us might have to put a decorative basket or box under that shelf to store a few things, but I do love the curved shape and the compact size in a small space.

One of my clients is looking at a lift-up storage bed. The Maya bed with storage by Mobican is pretty snazzy.  When you have a tight space sometimes under-bed storage is the only option especially when drawers under the bed wouldn’t have room to open.  I have a friend with a teeny tiny bedroom who really wants a “proper” bed as she calls it, and in order to have a queen in her room, this bed is pretty much her only option. She has to eliminate all the other furniture in her room in order to fit in the bed.  Thank goodness there is a solution.

Suzanne showed me a picture of the Calligaris Omnia console a few weeks ago. It looks like a gorgeous white console table but actually turns into a dining table for 12 people.  Apparently it has an extension system with five interlocking leaves that allow you to choose up to six different sizes.  And when you have it opened to the largest size there is a reclining leg for extra support.  How genius is that!

I wonder why is it that compact, multi-functional pieces are sometimes more expensive than larger pieces?  I’m guessing it’s because so much time and thought went into designing and creating them. The good news is that you only have to buy a few pieces of furniture for a small space so your budget doesn’t necessarily have to grow all that much.  Choose carefully and thoughtfully and measure, measure, measure before purchasing any pieces.  Oh, and have fun!


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