Tips and Guides

10 No-Cost Small Space Tips

These tips will help you give your home a new look without spending much.

Shares

Giving your space a new look doesn't always mean buying and adding new pieces. Moving around and recycling a couple of pieces can do the trick.

Check out these handy hints that you can try:

Move things around.

Rearranging your existing furniture layout can improve room circulation. Try putting your largest piece against your longest wall, and leaving the rest of your room clear for traffic.

Remove one piece.

Sometimes removing a single piece of furniture – a bulky armchair or an additional sofa – can make a tiny room more spacious.

Clear your tabletops.

Cluttered tabletops, whether on coffee tables or desks, can make a room appear tight. Here, design consultant Grace Moslares does a clean, Zen approach to decorating a coffee table.

The Great Outdoors

Not enough space? Then take things outdoors. A porch, lanai, or covered balcony can serve as an additional seating or dining area with a few existing furnishings.

Practice Proportion.

Create an illusion of a grand space by positioning a large, space-enhancing mirror on one wall of your condo’s dining area.

Make it symmetrical.

A formal room arrangement, as seen in this symmetrically decorated studio living room, can make a home appear spacious, as opposed to a haphazard, casual layout.

Define your space.

Designer Vivian Gacad defines the living room from the dining area in this tiny home with an area rug. You can also use a cabinet or freestanding shelves to divide areas within a small space.

Maximize storage.

Design consultant Joby Belmonte leaves no spot unused in his apartment – case in point, stashing storage boxes underneath his antique wooden seat.

Hide some of your stuff.

Stashing some of your belongings behind closet doors can help you achieve a cleaner, leaner space. Daniel de Castro hides his shoes in this narrow cabinet built into his foyer.

If you can't hide it, display it!

Choose the best among your stuff and put it on tasteful display. Prop them up in bookshelves, or use it to accent kitchen counters and side tables.

Shares

Latest Stories

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!