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6 Must-Haves For A Small Living Area

Turn a limited space into a bright and cozy nook

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Photography: Bojuegs (Main Photo)

Working on small units can be challenging—especially when you have a certain look that you want to achieve. If you're planning to improve your compact living area, we're sure you're faced not only with design challenges but choosing the right pieces, too. Since it's a place where we can relax and welcome friends, it's important that we keep it functional and still inviting. To help you out, here are six must-haves you can invest in: 

 Vertical Shelving

These shelves draw the eyes upward and help create an illusion of space. Use it to display photos, plants, and your collection, too. 

 Sofa with Hidden Storage

The secret to a well-maximized space is having pieces that have different purposes. When shopping for furniture, choose a sofa with hidden compartments or an ottoman that you can use when storing extra pillows and throws. You can even have it customized according to your needs. 

Transparent Furniture

Looking for a side or center table? Visit different stores and see if they have options for clear or transparent furniture. These pieces do not visually take up space while giving your living area an elegant touch. See the acrylic table above, it's almost invisible—adding to the minimalist appeal of the space. 

Nesting Table

Nesting tables are ultimate must-haves for different reasons. You can use it as one piece—to serve as a side table where you can display a vignette. It can also work as an extra table when you have guests over for a casual get-together. It's very easy to move and style as well so you have the freedom to use it in other parts of the home.

Tower Magazine Rack

Do you love collecting magazines? Turn your favorite issues into an instant decor piece that has serves a function. A tower magazine rack helps you keep your reads in place while allowing you to showcase accessories with the surface on top. You can also use it to hold your favorite merienda combo. 

Cabinets with Sliding Doors

Keep clutter at bay while still maintaining the sleek aesthetic of your space. You can keep magazines, extra pillows, and other home essentials inside these smart storage picks! The sliding doors can make it easier for you to get what you need, too.

RL Tip: Choose lightweight furniture pieces, as when they are tucked away, they appear as if they are invisible.

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