6 Ways to Make a Small Living Room Feel Bigger

Do you often find yourself feeling crowded in your living room or struggling to find seating for everyone during get-togethers with friends and family? You may think there's nothing to do but grin and bear it or invest in a costly home remodel, but opening up your space is easier (and much less expensive) than you think!

We're firm believers that you can live well for way less so we've put together these simple and quick small living room solutions that will maximize your space while minimizing your costs. Check them out and see how much larger your living room feels!

1. Use dual-purpose furniture with storage options. To increase seating options in your limited living room, consider using ottomans, trunks, or benches that can work as a coffee table and extra seating. For an added bonus, pick pieces with built-in storage to limit clutter. For $197, our Rustic Occasional Table provides split storage compartments, a charming style, and can be used as a coffee table, or to provide extra seating when necessary. 

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2. Don't be afraid to fill it up. It may seem counterproductive, but in some small, or awkward living rooms, filling the space with one large piece rather than many smaller pieces can make the entire area feel larger. A generous sectional provides comfortable seating for the entire family but because it reads as just one piece, it helps the room feel uncluttered. Our Casual Sectional is a great modern option for only $798.

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3. Smaller sofas for a smaller space. Obviously, in some spaces, a full-size sofa or sectional just won't work. In this scenario, try to do two loveseats or one small sized sofa like our Designer Sofa- for just $398. A bonus tip we wrote about in our "5 Small Space Solutions" blog is to organize all of the furniture into the middle of the living room, away from the walls to give the room a free-flowing feel.

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4. Incorporate multiple smaller pieces - For more flexible arrangements, especially if your living room is particularly small, consider a few smaller pieces that can pull double duty in your house without taking up much space. Accent chairs or side tables can provide storage, seating, or space for lighting and can be moved in or out as needed. 

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5. Add life to your room. Plants and mirrors easily add depth to a small area. Both of these inexpensive decor options fool the eye into thinking there is more to the room than there really is by softening corners, and reflecting light. 

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6Don't forget to look up. Using the vertical space in a room by placing artwork up the walls is an inexpensive way to trick the eye, and make the room look and feel bigger. It's also a great tip for accenting an already large vertical space, so the room doesn't feel bare. 

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Do you have more great tips? Share them with us on Facebook using the hashtag #FFOHOMEATHOME for your chance to win a $50 gift card!

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