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How to Make a Small Room Look Bigger

Whether its a home office, bedroom, studio apartment, or another tiny space, a few tricks can go a long way to making it feel bigger. Here are three hacks for an instant lift to any room.

Add a Mirror (or Two)

Mirrors are an easy addition with a variety of trims to match your style. Depending on the size of your space, one or two will do. Aim for a mirror that isn't too small, but on the other hand, doesn't overwhelm your space.

Minimalist room with king-sized bed on natural wood frame. On the left is a wall entirely taken up by a mirror, which reflects the light from the window along the opposite wall.
Photo by Max Vakhtbovych from Pexels

The mirror not only lends the illusion of a bigger room by reflecting the scene, but also serves to bounce light, creating a more luminescent atmosphere.

Raise Items Off the Floor

Think about how much dead space a bed or a dresser takes up. By choosing a raised or lofted bed, you can easily regain the space underneath, repurposing it for dresser space, a desk, closet, library, or other storage space.

Beyond that, think about how you can use shelving to raise things up from the ground, or mount a foldable desk into the wall. Any item that can serve multiple purposes is a winner.

Choose Light (Trim) Furniture

Furniture is obviously the number-one space hogger in any room, so choose wisely. If you want your room to feel bigger, choose furniture that is structurally light. This means going for simpler, more modular designs instead of heavy, ornate wood for example.

Huge pink knit blanket is draped over a beige chair. A console stands against the wall behind it with picture frames and a dried plant. On the left is a glass and gold round coffee table.
Photo by Mikhail Nilov from Pexels

Bulky furniture is just that, and serves no other purpose than aesthetic, so if you've fallen in love with a more elaborate piece, have a plan for the rest of your room that allows you to maximize storage to accommodate it.

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