Gallery: 6 Clever tips to make your tiny apartment feel larger

Photo credit: Wei Chang

Judging from the popularity of our articles on tiny apartments, it's no secret that many people have embraced the idea of downsizing...but that doesn't necessarily mean it's easy. Whether you've lived in a tight urban space for a while or you just recently decided to make the switch to small-space living, there are certainly challenges (ranging from where to store all your stuff, to how to accommodate extra guests, to just feeling like you have room to breathe). After living in micro apartments ourselves for some time, we've come up with some smart tips and tricks for making your smaller home feel larger. If you've been feeling a bit cramped lately, read on for some ideas that can give you a little more livable room.


Professional interior decorators have been saying this for ages, but it bears repeating – lightening up your floor color can make your home feel more spacious and airy. Just like in fashion, darker colors are “slimming,” and tend to constrict, which is great if you want to look thinner but most people don’t want to create the same effect in their homes. Redoing flooring can be pricey and may not be an option if you’re a renter, so a nice area rug would do the trick as well.


We all know that furniture that’s too large for a space can make it feel smaller, but what if your furniture could look like it wasn’t even there at all? Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but clear furniture is a great way to add a needed coffee table or chair in an already cramped space without making it feel even more visually cluttered.


By now, you’ve probably heard us sing the praises of double duty furniture a million times, but it truly is a lifesaver in a tiny apartment. Just consider how much room you could free up by having a desk that doubles as a dining room table or even a bed that doubles as extra storage space.


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  1. livson May 10, 2015 at 10:38 am
  2. nicemorning February 9, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Thanks for the tips! I think many people are facing with this problem. I also read a lot on how to make rooms look bigger and more spacious. Can add some here. You are right that vertical storage allows you to free up valuable space on your floor. I also prefer using vertical shelves for my staff. You can paint the ceiling the color of the walls, or put some mirrors that reach to the ceiling it will give the feeling of a very spacious room. Plenty of natural light will also make its affect, big windows create an airier and more open atmosphere. Or if you like, look here for some ideas, people sell their apartments on this website and of course have many photos of their rooms, I found here some really nice ideas for living-room paint colors.

  3. Yuka Yoneda January 23, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Hi Ursu!

    That is an old secondhand drawer from IKEA. It appears to be discontinued but here is a similar one:… We recommend looking for used versions on Craigslist. Good luck!

  4. Ursu Nube Luz January 22, 2014 at 2:07 am

    where can I get the white book case with 6 drawers and cubes?? please help!!!!!

  5. John Nyerges January 7, 2014 at 1:44 am

    plants in the wall . love it

  6. CelesteC January 6, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Where is the table/desk in slide 4 from?

  7. BeBeBr December 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Could you please share where you got the room dividing six-drawer bottom and cube-like top from? Are they two pieces or one? Thank you.

  8. skylights June 26, 2013 at 2:52 am

    great idea! mirrors are also a big help to make your room looks bigger. Instead of wall decorations, a mirror is a better aletrnative. go for slim appliances like flat screen tv. a 2 in one appliance like coffemaker with oven in 1. Light colors also give an illusion of space

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