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5 Tips for Small Spaces

Even if you don’t own the place where you live, you can still make it special. Check out a few ways to personalize your dorm room or apartment space.

1. Choose a light or bright wall color

Lighter colors can make a room look bigger, where darker hues tend to absorb light, making the room look smaller. Why do you think I wear a yellow shirt?

Choose a light or bright wall color when designing for a small space | Bob's Discount Furniture

2. Find multipurpose furniture

To maximize the space you do have, the key is to select furniture that serves more than one use. Look for items that offer hidden storage, extra surface space and alternate functions such as sleeper sofa.

Use multipurpose furniture in your small space | Bob's Discount Furniture

3. Think Little Bob

Choose smaller pieces that do the same thing as their larger counterparts. If you can’t fit a full coffee table, try using an end table instead.

Select smaller furniture for your small space | Bob's Discount Furniture

4. Go vertical

Using this otherwise dead space adds a sense of height to the room and gives you some extra surface space. Think about a tall, thin floor lamp. It takes up less floor space and has a functional aspect of extra lighting. Take advantage of any existing architectural features in the room like ledges or consider installing a wall shelf. Get creative with your own hanging planter to bring a natural element into the space.

Use the vertical space in your small room | Bob's Discount Furniture

5. Strategic area rug placement

Tucking an area rug under the front legs of your sofa rather than in the center of the room will cozy up the space without taking it over.

Tuck your area rug underneath your sofa instead of placing it in the middle of your room | Bob's Discount Furniture

I’d love to see what you’ve done with your small space! Snap a pic and share it on social media and tag us @mybobs for a chance to be featured on our feed!


I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!