Home Improvement

5 Must-Have Pieces for Your Small Living Area

Create a cozy area for family and guests to enjoy with these picks

Photography: Jun Pinzon (Main Photo)

How many times have you seen living rooms filled with buly sofas, too many tables, and tons of decor pieces? Some of us add too much furniture in the living area—making it look cramped and cluttered. To solve this common problem, you may choose to invest in quality yet stylish pieces.

Make sure that you only add pieces that serve a purpose so it won't turn into visual clutter. Opt for pieces that work well with the overall theme of your home, too. Keep in mind these five must-haves.

Read the original article ("5 Easy Pieces ") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to for more details. 

A Console Table 

More than just something for the foyer, a console table is quite versatile, as it can be a dining table, double as an occasional table, and help define or enclose an area.

Framed Poster

Artwork adds a finishing touch to any space! A simple framed poster is affordable and can be mixed with other wall hangings. 

You can also create your own wall art! Click here for the step-by-step guide.

Sofa Bed

If you have limited space, a sofa bed is advisable to act as a double duty piece for sitting and sleeping. Get one of good quality—and in a neutral color—to last you through the years.

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions .


A set of lamps 

With their unique shapes, lamps can be used either as side lighting or as regular pendant lighting for your living space. 


A sturdy and comfortable upholstered armchair can serve many purposes in your home. It can be a chair for lounging and an accent piece in a living room.

Click here to learn more about the different types of chairs.

Pendant Lamp, price available upon request, BoConcept.  

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