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5 Small Space Styling Mistakes To Avoid

All you need is an open mind and a few smart design hacks!


Decorating a home is not an easy task, especially if you're working with a small space. There are a lot of things to consider in order to utilize every square meter including proper storage, how to arrange the furniture, and the comfort of the dwellers. While we are fond of sharing tips that can help you make the most of your tiny haven, sometimes it can be more helpful to have a list of things to avoid. To help you dodge a few of these styling struggles, we've listed the most common of them below:

Not being flexible with household staples 

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when styling a small space is limiting yourself to only one way of using every piece of furniture. Consider investing in pieces that can serve more purpose than one—for example, a bar cart can double as a storage rack for tall shoes and children's books or even as a mobile pantry. 

READ: 5 Double-Duty Pieces For Small Homes 

Not putting your walls to work 

When you don't have enough room on your floor, it's vital that you maximize vertical space. Get crafty with tension rods, woven bins and pegboards to keep your belongings accessible and organized. 

 READ: 10 Things You Need To Maximize Vertical Space 

Sticking to traditional furniture 

Smaller houses tend to have a lot of odd spots that help in maximizing every bit of space. Instead of forcing bulky pieces that make the room look awkward, try experimenting with custom-made furniture in order to find items that fit your home like a glove. 

READ: 5 Compact Furniture Pieces For Small Spaces

Not creating concealed nooks 

Got an unused closet at home? Try converting it into a concealed work area. Aside from saving room in your main living space, it can help you keep your home streamlined while avoiding eyesores like papers, writing tools, and assorted folders.

READ: 4 Secret Home Office Ideas You Can Work On 

Make the most of hideaway storage 

You've read it time and time again—it's not how much space you have for storage, it's how you keep your things. Instead of stuffing closets to the brim, consider getting creative by installing drawers under the bed or turning the space under the stairs into shelves for shoes. 

READ: 4 Clever Storage Solutions We Learned From Real Homes 

PHOTOS: Destination Living and Dairy Darilag (Main) |  Apartment Therapy | Cool Bathroom Decor Ideas | Alyssa Roxas.

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