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July 28, 2014 at 7:30 PM

More with less: Use smart and stylish décor pieces to maximize a small space


By Bree Coven Brown / Special to Sunday Market

Limited square footage doesn’t have to cramp your decorating style. Whether you’re getting ready for college, striking out on your own or trying to make the most of your city apartment, here are some small-space finds to make your pad big on style.

Smart storage

Maximize the space in a tiny dorm room by adding hidden storage wherever possible. Red Solo Cup Bed Risers ($20 for four at Bed Bath & Beyond) add 7.5 inches of space under the bed and are a fun conversation starter.

Ikea’s Breim Wardrobe ($30) adds to your closet space, with adjustable shelves and a zippered front that stows your clothes neatly out of sight. It comes in bright pink or green to stand out, or white to fade into the walls.

For an apartment, West Elm’s Rustic Storage Coffee Table ($549), in solid mango wood, has a pop-up top that allows it to multitask as a desk or dining table. Underneath, there’s a substantial amount of storage to tame clutter.

Ikea’s Brimnes Bed Frame ($179) gives the captain’s bed a modern makeover, with four large under-bed drawers. Add a Brimnes Headboard ($100), which has even more storage, and you can forgo bedside tables.

If you prefer real wood, Mako Wood Furniture’s Chest Bed ($650–$681 at Don Willis Furniture, Ballard) is made of alder and available in 16 different stains. Don Willis also offers its own line of locally made solid-wood beds, including the mission-style Michael’s Mission Storage Bed ($1,688–$2,288).


Choose apartment furniture that does double duty. The Sit And Store Folding Ottoman  ($20) holds blankets and gadgets, and provides extra seating or acts as an end table. The Jackson Ottoman With Tray Top ($50, both at Bed Bath & Beyond), in brown faux leather, has a polished look and a removable top that becomes a serving tray when flipped over.

The Fairfax Fabric Storage Bench ($499 at Macy’s), in an array of colors accented with nailhead trim, provides storage and extra seating. West Elm’s Parsons Daybed ($999) is a sleek couch/bed combo with a rollout trundle underneath that can serve as a guest bed or storage space.

Display your treasures in eco-friendly style with 22nd Design + Build’s Spool Coffee Table ($250 at etsy
.com/shop/22nddesigns), handmade in Seattle from a recycled cable spool and salvaged wood. The colorful Ikea PS 2014 Storage Table ($69) is made up of four stacking trays that can be used in a variety of configurations.

Little things

Get a ton of utility without taking up a lot of counter space with Cuisinart’s Mini-Prep Plus 3-Cup Food Processor ($40 at Bed Bath & Beyond). It comes in bright colors that look great on your countertop if there’s no storage space.

At just 18 inches wide, the Cost Plus World Market Metal Edge Laptop Desk ($60) provides a minimalist workspace that can double as a dining table for one.

Small homes require a savvy use of vertical space. The Enclume Decor Bookshelf Hammered Steel Pot Rack ($200 at Bed Bath and Beyond) frees cabinets from clunky pots and pans, and provides a convenient cookbook shelf.

Bookish types will appreciate the retro Card Catalog Wall Hook ($34), which can be used for coats, jewelry, accessories, keys and more. Or decorate and store with an Invisible Book Shelf ($16, both at Urban Outfitters), which makes it appear as though your books are floating on the wall.

And don’t forget the bath. Ikea’s Lillangen High Cabinet ($100) adds loads of storage in its six cubbies and fits into openings just a foot wide.

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