These Pieces of Furniture Will Make Your Room Feel Bigger

Your house might not have come with the square footage or expansive open floor plan you desired, but that doesn’t mean you have to live in cramped quarters. Selecting the right furnishings can make all the difference between a room that feels spacious versus confined. From compact dimensions to storage-savvy options, these pieces of furniture will make your dwelling look and feel larger.

  1. Stowaway Storage

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    slim end table with storage

    For its slim size this side table offers a surprising amount of storage. The flip-top reveals ample space to stash remote controls, books, and other trinkets, plus built-in USB ports and outlets (something many rooms lack in addition to square footage) for charging your gadgets. Its tall and narrow dimensions will fit comfortably next to your couch or armchair without jutting out and disrupting the flow of the room. Available from Wayfair; $113.99.

    Related: 21 Ways to Fake More Space Around the House

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  2. Corner Office

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    corner desks for small spaces

    Not everyone has the luxury of an extra room to use as an at-home office. Rather than allowing your work to dominate the living room, dining room, or bedroom, turn an unused corner of your house into your workspace. This desk, 30-inches x 42-inches x 28-inches, can fit into an empty nook for a quiet corner to get work done. Extra shelves or drawers aren’t necessary, since this compact desk squeezes in its own. Available from Wayfair; $143.99.

    Related: 10 Space-Smart Ways to Squeeze In a Home Office

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  3. Counter Service

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    narrow pub table

    A skinny pub table is just the solution for a kitchen or dining room that doesn’t have the capacity for a full dining set. Push it against the wall, so you can easily navigate while cooking and serving without bumping into any sharp table edges. Available from Wayfair; $289.99.

    Related: The Best Kitchen Islands Under $500

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  4. All About The Ottoman

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    Storage Ottoman with Tray

    Storage ottomans reign supreme when it comes to multifunctional furniture. Not only does this cool gray option provide a place to rest your feet and store blankets, but you can flip the lid over for a tray or use it as an extra seat when hosting company. Since ottomans aren’t very heavy, you can easily push this to the side if you need extra floor space. Available from Target; $29.99.

    Related: The 30 Best Storage Ideas for When You Have No More Floor Space

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  5. Mirror Mirage

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    floor length mirror

    Mirrors are a sneaky trick to make any room feel bigger and brighter. A large mirror, like this one from Hayneedle, will reflect light around the room and create the illusion of depth and height. Prop it against the wall or hang it up to magically increase the area’s size. Available from Hayneedle; starting at $125.40.

    Related: 21 Clever Tricks to Make Your Home Look Bigger and Brighter

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  6. Vertical Thinking

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    rustic floating shelf

    Look up when you’re searching for more space in your house. These farmhouse-style floating shelves serve the same purpose as a bookcase or cabinet without being clunky. Hang them in the bathroom, entryway, or anywhere else where you need to prop your belongings. Available from Wayfair; $45.99.

    Related: The 12 Best Buys for Your Tiny Bathroom

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  7. Serve It Up

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    small bar cart

    Think a bar cart is just extra furniture taking up space? Think again. This small circular cart from Target has three shelves for storing all your happy hour necessities—making room in the kitchen for other goods. Stick the cart in the corner and roll it out when the clock strikes 5:00. Available from Target; $149.99.

    Related: The Best Furniture You Can Buy for Extra Storage

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  8. Clear the Chaos

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    narrow console table

    The entryway receives the most foot traffic and yet there never seems to be enough space for gathering your belongings before you head out the door—and if there is, it’s usually strewn with shoes and bags. This slim console table will help you organize the chaos and create more space. You can set some of your gear on top or in the drawers, and hide shoes, gloves, and scarves in baskets below. The clogged hallway will now be clear to sail through. Available from Target; $149.99.

    Related: The 30 Easiest Organizing Tasks Ever

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  9. Lighten Up

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    sheer curtains

    Light, especially natural light, is key for making a room feel airy and open. Swap heavy drapes for these breezy window coverings. The sheer fabric will let the warm sunshine fill the room. To make the space feel even bigger, hang the curtain rod slightly above the window to create the illusion that the ceilings are taller. Available from Target; $38.49.

    Related: 10 Classic Ways to Brighten a Dark Room

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  10. Scale It Down

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    small accent chair

    Don’t pass on accent furniture for fear that it will shrink the size of the room. Rather select pieces, like this comfy chair, that are low and have exposed legs so it doesn’t look bulky. Available from Target; $217.99.

    Related: The Best Armchairs You Can Buy on a Budget

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