Open Up Your Living Room with These Space-Saving Hacks

Open Up Your Living Room with These Space-Saving Hacks

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Seeing as you’ve clicked on this article, I’m going to make a fairly bold prediction in saying you have a living room that’s devoid of space. It’s too small, or at least that’s what you think! The reality is that even the smallest living rooms can be opened up and made to feel a lot bigger. All you need to do is try out some space-saving hacks to get the desired effect.

Play around with your sofa placement

Sofas tend to take up most of the room in a lounge area, and they’re usually responsible for making it feel very cramped. The arrangement of this piece of furniture makes a massive difference. Often, all you need to do is move it to the outside of the room, right up against the wall. This opens up the floor space, meaning you have more room to breathe and enjoy your living room.

Replace your sofa with something more practical

Speaking of sofas, you can also replace yours with something slightly more practical to save space. One idea is to think about sectional sofas as they allow you to have a large sofa without taking up too much room. Another option is to forget about sofas altogether and have a massive beanbag instead! It’ll save space, and you can move it around with ease as well.

Find storage space anywhere and everywhere

A lot of the time, your living room is cramped because there’s too much stuff everywhere and you have no idea where to put it. There are magazines, books, chargers, DVD’s – everything is just strewn all over the place. To fix this, start looking for storage space anywhere in your living room. Once again, your sofa can play an important role as you can get storage boxes that slide underneath them and contain loads of stuff. Also, think about getting a TV stand with storage built into it so you can put DVD’s and stuff there as well. Now, you have somewhere for your home entertainment system to go, and also an extra storage area.

Get nesting coffee tables

A nesting coffee table set is basically a bunch of tables in different sizes. They can all slide under one another, meaning they take up less space. Instead of having four tables out at once, you can fit three underneath the main one. Thus, you’ve saved loads of room and made your living area feel bigger.

Make use of the wall height

Lastly, you should make use of the wall height in your living room. Instead of getting shelves of bookcases that only go halfway up the wall, get ones that reach the ceiling. All you need is a little step to reach the top, but it gives you loads more storage space to store clutter. As a result, you can stash away more of your things and keep your lounge tidy and more spacious.

Anyone can use these ideas to essentially open up their living room and make it feel a lot bigger than it used to. The great thing about these tips is that they don’t require you to do any expensive handiwork like knocking down a wall to create an open plan living area! They’re simple, effective, and you should give them a go.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).