What are the essential furniture for my small home?

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When you buy an apartment in a city, it’s usually because it provides easy access to everything, whether it’s work, school, medical care, retail or recreation. However, it comes with disadvantages. Often, apartments in a central location are so tiny that it’s difficult to use conventional furniture in them. How do you decide on the best small furniture for apartments? Should you choose smart modular pieces or traditional wooden ones? What are the essential pieces of furniture that you can’t do without? These are among the questions that will run through your mind. To help make your decision easier, we’ve put together this guide on the best furniture made for small spaces.

In the living room

Sofas or chairs are essential furniture for living rooms as you need to have space for your guests to sit, besides a place to lounge when you watch television. It all depends on the size of your apartment and the layout of the living room. Ideally, sectional sofas are the best choice for modern living rooms as they can be arranged in multiple ways to accommodate guests. Some of them can even convert into a bed.

However, if your living room is tiny, then having open space between the seat and the floor helps to create the impression of airiness that makes the room appear bigger. In such cases, small space sofas made of wood are a better choice. In a studio apartment, where it’s useful to have an extra bed, instead of a regular sofa, consider getting a pull-out sofa-bed or a futon. A coffee table with stackable stools for additional seating is another space-saving idea for a small living room.

Find inspiration from these multi-functional sofa beds.

Living Room:  Living room by A Design Studio
A Design Studio

Living Room

A Design Studio

In living rooms, coffee tables help to knit the seating area into a cosy zone, but if your space is too small to hold one, nesting tables are ideal as they can be stacked to save space. Similarly, instead of floor-standing cabinets, use floating shelves to display accessories.

A wall-mounted television unit is a better option than a cabinet. Additionally, designing display shelves into the unit can provide you with space to arrange photographs and other décor accessories.

Space saving furniture for dining rooms




A table is a must-have in a dining room, but if your apartment is too small for even a four-seater option, extendable tables or pull-down units might be the best choice as they can be stashed away when not in use so that the area looks less cramped.

Instead or chairs, bench seating is a more practical option for a tiny dining room. Similarly, to save floor space, you can get wall-mounted shelves or drawers to arrange crockery and cutlery. Of course, you can work with a professional carpenter to design convertible furniture for small spaces – a dining table-cum-cabinet or a sideboard with a pull-out table, among other designs. The advantage of custom-made furniture is that it is unique and designed specifically for your space.

Must-have furniture for bedrooms

Amanora Park Pune - Pent House:  Bedroom by DECOR DREAMS

Amanora Park Pune—Pent House


A bedroom would be incomplete without a bed, but besides that you need a closet, side tables and a dresser unit so that you can keep everything organised within the space. In tiny bedrooms, it’s best to rely on multifunctional furniture for small spaces. A bed with pull-out drawers is the most common choice for providing additional storage in a small bedroom.

Instead of side tables, you can fix floating shelves or drawers on either side of the bed. Don’t neglect the headboard of your bed. It can prove to be an invaluable storage resource in a bedroom if you build shelves into it and use it to display books and accessories. A floating dresser unit is a clever way to ensure that you have enough passage space around the bed. If you don’t have space for a dresser unit, fix a large mirror on the wall. This way, besides helping you get dressed, it will reflect the room and create the impression that the space is much larger.

Usually, in most homes, the kid’s bedroom is the smallest room in the house. Therefore, once a bed is placed in it, there’s no space for anything else. However, you still need to incorporate storage and a desk. It’s easy to find modern space saving furniture for children’s rooms. Most often, these are modular units that have the bed on the upper deck with storage and a study unit below. You can also get custom-made furniture to include everything you need in a child’s bedroom.

In a small guest bedroom, instead of a regular bed, a pull-out option is more practical as it will make the room easier to clean daily. Additionally, the room will look more spacious and have more area to move around, when you don’t have guests staying over.

For corridors or staircases

The Staircase - 1:  Corridor & hallway by Urban Shaastra
Urban Shaastra

The Staircase—1

Urban Shaastra

In a small apartment, every inch of space needs to be used efficiently. Storage space is something that you can run out of before you know it, so don’t neglect the passageway walls. Floor-to-ceiling cabinets are essential furniture in such areas so that you can manage the spill over from other spaces to store linen, books or accessories.

Similarly, put the space under the stairs to use by building cabinets or shelves for storing shoes, clothes or anything else that doesn’t fit into your bedrooms.

Get ideas for creating storage under the stairs.

Essential furniture for kitchens

kitchen:  Kitchen by Team Kraft
Team Kraft


Team Kraft

In studio apartments or tiny units, sometimes the entire kitchen is set against a small wall due to which storage space is limited. To provide additional space for storing things, a rolling cabinet or island is a must. It can have a slide out counter built into it so that you have more workspace.

If your apartment has an open plan with the dining table located in the kitchen, getting a round table with chairs that neatly stack into in when not in use can present more space to move around the area unhindered.

Smart furniture for small spaces such as verandas or balconies

If you are fortunate enough to have a balcony, even a tiny one, in your apartment, then you need to have at least a couple of chairs on which you can sit while you enjoy a bit of fresh air. When there is no space for a regular table and chairs, folding chairs or stackable stools are a practical solution. Alternatively, you can get creative with multi-purpose furniture for small spaces by building a storage box in the corner to hide away your garden tools. Place cushions on top of the box so that it doubles up as a seat. A swing chair is another excellent option for a small balcony or terrace as it keeps the floor clear, making it easier to clean the space every day.

You can find many clever solutions for space saving furniture for small apartments but arranging everything aesthetically within the layout is a task that’s best left to professionals. We recommend that you hire an interior designer who can advise you on the essential furniture for your home. Additionally, the designer can help to create unique and innovative multi-functional furniture so that your home looks stunning and well-organised.

Which of these ideas do you think is perfect for your apartment? Respond in the comments.
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