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32 Things That’ll Make Even The Tiniest Apartment Feel Roomy

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1. Stack up a unique nightstand with these rose gold-accented foot lockers to wrangle extra bed linens and other random bedroom stuff.

Get them from Amazon for $84.99+. / Also available in blush pink and cream.

2. Avoid extra clutter by choosing decor with open lines, like this blank-space picture frame.

Get it from H&M for $17.99. / Also available in gold-tone.

3. Disguise your lack of room for an actual kitchen counter peninsula or island with this high-top table and stool set as an easy stand-in.

Get them from Amazon for $133.99.

4. And feel like you’re flooded with gratuitous countertop space with this granite-top kitchen cart that’ll scoot wherever you want it.

Get it from Amazon for $64.05.

5. Make your ceilings look taller by hanging long curtains above the window frame. These tassel-trim curtains come in several colors and lengths, and will let you have the perfect balance of privacy and light.

Get them from Serena & Lily for $29.99+ each. / Available in four sizes, eight color combos.

6. Or, forgo (inches of) space-hogging curtains and add a second layer to your windows with cool, privacy enhancing window film.

Get at 23.6”x78.7” roll from Amazon for $17.89.

7. Get a little inventive with a striped rug that incorporates ~layers~ of patterns for a deceptively widening floor covering.

Get a 55”x79” rug from H&M for $79.99.

8. Sick to death of room-elongating stripes? Opt for a light-hued area rug that’ll have a similar effect as light-bouncing mirrors.

And place (at least two of) the room’s furniture’s feet on the rug to make it look like it fits the room perfectly.

Get a 4’x6’ rug from Amazon for $60.48. / Available in five sizes.

9. That also goes for light-colored runners that’ll brighten up any dim, narrow hallway or galley kitchen.

Get a 2’x13’ runner from Amazon for $59. / Available in six sizes, 11 colors.

10. Amplify any and all light sources with a compact mirrored table to make a room look brighter and bigger.

Chrome furniture gives off the same effect. Get them from Target for $84.99 and $89.99.

Chrome furniture gives off the same effect.

Get them from Target for $84.99 and $89.99.

11. Squeeze in linen closet-like storage beside your bathroom sink with this sturdy little ladder bookshelf that’ll hold towels and even a humidity friendly houseplant.

Get it from Amazon for $33.25.

12. Invest in a fiddleleaf fig tree as an easy care houseplant that (like magic!) makes any room feel bigger. Don’t ask us how, but it does.

Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

13. Commit to a mid-century modern look with a pin-leg coffee table that won’t break your line of sight in a small living space.

Get it from Wayfair for $67. / Also available in espresso.

14. Bump out the visual space of an accent wall with a horizontal-leaning pattern made with a string light.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $10. / Available in three colors.

15. Obscure a utility closet or create the illusion of a Mariah Carey size bedroom closet by hanging a ~tasteful~ bamboo beaded curtain in a doorway.

Get the 125-strand panel from Amazon for $59.19.

16. Play tricks on your eyes with a ghost chair knockoff that won’t block the visual flow of the room.

Get it on Amazon for $72.28. / Available in eight colors.

17. If you can’t live without color, continue the mid-century modern schtick with a pair of Eames-style chairs that’ll maintain the flow.

Get them from Amazon for $99.99. / Available in 10 colors.

18. Bounce around light in a teensy kitchen like nobody’s business with a stainless-steel kit that’ll transform appliances.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

19. Deny your inner slob another enclosed kitchen cabinet and hang up an open shelf for easier access to tools, spices, and cooking essentials you use on the reg.

Get it from Amazon for $37.99.

20. Trick the eye into thinking you have cathedral ceilings with a pretty, vertical wall hanging.

Get it from Target for $29.99.

21. Shield your eyes from the glint of trash — yes, trash — with a sleek waste bin.

Get it from Amazon for $15. / Available in three colors.

Get it from Amazon for $15. / Available in three colors.

22. Compensate for the lack of an office with this compact storage desk that’ll be your new WFH central.

Get it from Amazon for $100.50. / Also available in black, brown.

23. Stick on a wall-decal headboard to make it look like you have room for an actual headboard.

Get it from SirFace Graphics on Etsy for $27.80+. / Available in four sizes, 30 colors.

24. Style a tall table vignette with cool objects, like this marble obelisk, because when you can’t go wide, you go up!

Get it from T. J. Maxx for $19.99.

25. Opt for a hide-the-ugly-stuff piece that provides extra seating with this stylish storage bench that’ll look great in your living room or at the foot of your bed.

Get it from AllModern for $151.99. / Also available in gray.

26. Outfit an entryway for smart storage — without halting foot traffic — with a sleek floating cabinet.

Get it from West Elm for $249.

27. Play the same trick with a floating media center to create the illusion of more floor space and a little extra storage space underneath during desperate times.

Get it from Wayfair for $153.36.

28. Create a moment for pause with a big piece of art that fills up some serious space, like this pretty framed agate canvas.

Get it from T. J. Maxx for $39.99.

29. Do as people have for centuries and make the most of natural light by placing mirrors on a wall adjacent to natural light for the effect of a bigger room with more windows.

Be glad you don’t have to rely on mirrors to help provide reading (candle)light.

Get them from AllModern for $17.55.

30. Use the good ole stars and stripes (specifically the stripes) of this flag shower curtain to widen the look of a narrow bathroom.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $39.

31. Stash reading materials in an opportune spot and score some major design-cred points with this modern acrylic table.

Get it from Wayfair for $296.99.

32. And always remember that floating shelves — even tiny ones — are your BFF because the more wall space you can eye, the bigger your place’ll look.

Get them from Amazon for $20.

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