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27 Ways To Make Even The Tiniest Apartment Feel Roomy

You can still live large in a small space! From "floating" your couch to distinguish a proper living area to doubling up on your cabinet storage to reduce clutter, these tricks will make you feel at home without feeling claustrophobic.

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1. Layer rugs for a cool, lived-in look that'll suggest your floor space is SO EXPANSIVE you need multiple rugs to cover it 😉.

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Also, it just makes you look like you're been places. The key to making this work is finding some common colors between each piece.

Get these rugs from World Market: faux zebra hide for $149.99 and flatweave jute rug for $269.99+ (two sizes)

Check out affordable rug offerings (the better for layering, my pretty) from Amazon, Wayfair, Overstock, Walmart, and World Market.

2. Or if you're living in a studio (meaning one room for everything), use rugs to differentiate between areas within the room.

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For example, this round lil' beaut helps establish the vanity area from the bed, which happens to be about only a foot away. And if you click through to check out the full tour of this glam YouTuber's studio on Homepolish, you'll see there's a large area rug to designate the living area!

Get a similar rug from Amazon for $56.99.

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3. Become BFFs with hair pin–leg furniture for pieces that feel substantial but won't mess up the visual flow of your space.

4. Avoid seating clutter by throwing in a few floor pouffs in rooms where you can't spare the floor space on the reg. (They stack nicely under coffee tables and consoles!)

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More pillows?! Hear me out. These little things will be welcome when it comes to movie night and you want a little extra room to spread out. If you don't believe me, see how nicely they stack and work in this studio apartment on Homepolish. And FYI, tufted seat cushions will work for this purpose!

Get the black and white one from World Market for $39.99 or the tie-dye one from Overstock for $49.99.

5. Make a console serve as a skinnier desk with most of the bells and whistles. Also, you can shove a stool (as extra seating!) underneath it.

6. Upgrade your storage ottoman from the plain box you bought for your dorm with a fancier version that'll hold junk you don't want people to see while giving them something to marvel at on the outside.

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Get the floral print one from Target for $84.99 (three patterns), nailhead-trim one from Pier1 for $199.95, or yellow one from Amazon for $65.

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7. Or better yet, invest in a Frankenottoman you can also use as a coffee table!

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Space is key and if you have the tops turned over onto their tray sides before someone comes into your apartment, they won't be able to see all the crap you've stuffed inside the ottoman!

Get it from Walmart for $69.59+ (two colors) or a similar square one from Amazon for $199.81.

8. Rely on folding furniture for special occasions, like a kitchen cart that'll come in handy during Thanksgiving meal prep.

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Folding furniture is more than chairs and card tables, although those are mainstays for good reason!

Get this kitchen cart from Amazon for $99.99 or Jet for $129.99. And while you're at it, check out a folding bookcase from Amazon for $52.49 and a folding ~round~ dining table from Overstock for $299.99.

And if you like the look of that kitchen cart (why wouldn't you?!), read up on more space-saving kitchen products!

10. Embrace the power of a large-scale mirror! It'll bounce light from your windows around your space and make it feel more open.

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This one is as pretty as a gem and will throw even more light in all directions thanks to its faceted design.

Get it from West Elm for $399 (also available in a wall mirror). Check some more full-length mirror options from Amazon $47.99, $145.94, or $249.99.

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11. And hang smaller mirrors where you can to help do the same. Just make sure you're hanging them on an adjacent wall to a window to get the most bang for your buck!

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Get the woven one from Urban Outfitters for $24, metal-framed mirror from H&M for $17.99, or speckled crest mirror from Jet for $35.43.

12. Also take advantage of reflective furniture surfaces to really amplify your light sources. There are plenty of unexpected options, like a chrome bar cart or black mirrored side table.

14. And think UP and OPEN for big items like bookshelves to lessen the cramped feel of a small space.

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The clean lines of these bookshelves allow for you to put actual books on them (with some help of glam agate bookends), but also show off your fav knick-knacks. They will definitely help you fulfill your old plant lady goals.

Get the ladder bookshelf from Wayfair for $76.99 or X-frame bookshelf from Walmart for $97.

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15. Don't underestimate the utility of a side table where you need it. This "extra" piece of furniture is worth its weight in gold for serving as a helpful little surface and making your space feel *complete*.

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Get it from Overstock for $41.99+ (avalable in five colors). And check out some more small but mighty Overstock options for $22.48, $47.99, or $71.49.

16. Opt for a bistro table instead of a regular-size pedestal table for a dining room fixture in a smaller footprint.

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If you crave a pedestal table but need room for *other* essentials, like a dang bed, this is your answer.

Get it from West Elm for $199. Also check out a metal cafe table from Bed Bath & Beyond for $81.99+ (available in nine colors).

17. "Float" some of your furniture, aka fight the temptation to just shove it up against the wall in the interest of floor space.

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Arranging a couch with its back to some of the other furniture in the room will help distinguish one area from another to make things cozy but *extremely* useful for all sorts of situations! Here, the couch's position creates a separate living area from the under-the-lofted-bed area!

Get this couch from Urban Outfitters for $899 (available in two colors).

18. Choose wall sconces to put light exactly where you need it and help create different sources of light, which will make your space look so much nicer.

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According to interior designers, the goal is to have three light sources and wall-mount sconce takes just a smidgen of room in that pursuit. Even if you rent, there are lots of sconces available that don't require an electrician to mount! Just look for options (like the ones shown here) that have a hanging cord. That way you only have to mount the sconce on the wall (aka, something you can do) instead of calling an electrician!

Get them from Amazon: brass drop ring for $39.99, pair of brass wall lamps for $99.99, or industrial sconce for $26.97+ (five varieties)

And read up on more interior designer secrets.

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21. Expand the look of a small bathroom with an artfully striped shower curtain. Sick of stripes? Try another design that'll make your eye travel horizontally like a marble print.

22. Double up your storage space with cabinet inserts and extra shelves so you won't feel like you live with a family of cleaning products.

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This shelf and drawer combo under my kitchen sink makes everything so much easier to access and uses the vertical space above the bottom foot that's often taken up by cleaning solution bottles. It's a game-changer!

Get it from Amazon for $24.99 and check out an expandable shelf for $14.99 and a small, simpler shelf for $7.84.

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23. And slip *clear* storage containers into spaces you'll probably see more often, like a vanity-top makeup organizer or medicine cabinet shelf.

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Clear stuff impacts the flow of a space dramatically less!

Promising review (vanity organizer): "Perfect little organizer for the few inches of space on the side of our bathroom vanity to hold all the small bathroom items. Clear plastic design is very useful so you don't forget what's inside. Rounded edges and smooth exterior is easy to clean. I hate most bathroom organizers because mildew and other things start growing in the joints and slits, then it's hard to clean off." —Chris

Promising review (medicine cabinet shelf): "Love this little organizer. Fits in the bathroom cabinet and holds toothbrushes and toothpaste as well as thermometers, eyewash cups, etc., that I had in small plastic glasses. I'm no longer embarrassed if a guest opens my bathroom cabinet!" —shopaholic

Get them from Amazon: cosmetic organizer for $19.97 or medicine cabinet shelf for $11.99

24. Create storage solutions in unusual spots so everything has its own place, like these Command hooks and measuring cups on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door!

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This is my apartment where I only have one kitchen drawer that I can fully pull out thanks to an awkwardly placed stove. So instead of storing these unsightly (but perfectly useful!) measuring cups on my counter, I installed a set of small hooks. These wire versions of trusty Command hooks are narrow enough to hook onto the holes of my existing measuring cups.

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

And check out what happened when a BuzzFeeder used Commands hooks to organize pot lids!

25. Continue the trend of storage solutions that ~blend in~ with some flat-pack closet organizers that (kinda) match your closet walls.

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This isn't rocket science, but I assembled several of these to trick out my own closet. And now my closet is my favorite thing about my apartment! I'll never get the OK to install built-in storage in my closet (which is the dream), but this is the next best thing.

Get them from Amazon: top cubbies for $29.97+ (three finishes) and two-tier shelf for $17.82+ (three finishes, two sizes)

26. Seek out design-y storage solutions that help solve a problem you have, like this shoe storage ottoman.

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It has 12 separate storage compartments, so you're set for at least six pairs!

Promising review: "This is beautiful, unexpectedly! It looks much more expensive and the storage space inside is ample. Living in a smaller sized apartment, this is a perfect medium sized ottoman — not too small as to be useless and not too large as to eat up the room. I bought the white. Also, it is sturdy enough to sit on and to put your drinks or books on. The seaming is slightly off, but to an untrained eye, this will go unnoticed. This is truly a great buy!" —Lady

Get it from Amazon for $56.34+ (available in six colors).

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27. Fill overlooked corners with specially designed shelves to fit in those nooks!

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Feel free to put all your object babies in the corner, that way you'll have lots more floor space!

Get the three-tier shelf from Amazon for $20.99 or the bookcase from Wayfair for $85.99.

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