Skip to Content

7 Tips for Choosing Furniture that WON’T Cramp Your Style

Small Gallatin County Living Room with Cute FurnitureIf your Gallatin Valley rental house has limited square footage, you might feel a little cramped. But with the right furnishings, your small room can seem a lot bigger. You can decorate a small space without crowding it or sacrificing style and functionality by following these simple guiding principles. Below, we’ve listed some of the best furniture for small rooms or tight spaces in your home.

Less is More

One great way to furnish a small space is to pick items that do not block your view. For instance, glass or acrylic tables and open-sided bookcases are both functional and make your room feel bigger.

Slim Tables

Side and kitchen tables often hog floor space in an already small kitchen, dining room, or seating area. Opt for small or narrow tables instead that you can set up where you want when the need arises. You can also set a narrow pub table against the back of a sofa so it can do double duty as a kitchen seating area without taking additional floor space. A slim side table can also hold remotes and lamps while making the most of the open space in the room.

Corner Desk

Corners are often underutilized areas in a home. Why not convert that unused corner into an office or workspace with a corner desk? With the many styles of corner desks available, you can easily find one that fits your decor and intended way to use it. For maximum use of the space, pair the desk with a slim chair.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors make any small room feel bigger. Use a decorative mirror or two to reflect more light and a sense of more space. You can also add depth and light to a room by hanging a long, narrow mirror on an empty wall. Mirrors are also great for opening up a cramped entryway, hallway, or bathroom.

Go Natural

Natural lighting also makes a room feel bigger. Even with only small windows, you can let more light come through if you use white or light-colored window treatments or sheer curtains.

Keep Accents Small

Consider the size of every decor item–not just the furniture–when decorating a small room. Big framed art, oversized pillows, overstuffed armchairs, and similar items can crowd an already small space. Instead, pick smaller-sized accent pieces with slender profiles to create balance in the room.

Double Duty

Small rooms can rarely accommodate multiple pieces of furniture that serve only a single purpose. To maximize function and space, look for furniture that can be used for different purposes. A storage ottoman serves a double purpose as a stylish seating place as well as a receptacle for blankets or other items.

Think outside the box when choosing furniture for each room. A buffet or sideboard can serve as a TV stand, while a dresser can be instant storage in any room. Don’t be fixated on the intended purpose of a piece of furniture, but instead see how else it can be used around your home.


Are you feeling cramped in your current rental home and ready to move into something bigger? The Gallatin Valley property managers in our office are here to help! Contact Real Property Management Bozeman today, or you can view our listings online.

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. See Equal Housing Opportunity Statement for more information.

The Neighborly Done Right Promise

The Neighborly Done Right Promise ® delivered by Real Property Management, a proud Neighborly company

When it comes to finding the right property manager for your investment property, you want to know that they stand behind their work and get the job done right – the first time. At Real Property Management we have the expertise, technology, and systems to manage your property the right way. We work hard to optimize your return on investment while preserving your asset and giving you peace of mind. Our highly trained and skilled team works hard so you can be sure your property's management will be Done Right.

Canada excluded. Services performed by independently owned and operated franchises.

See Full Details