The 7 Most Successful Ways to Make a Small Space Seem Less Claustrophobic

If you’ve got a piece of furniture you’re no longer using, get rid of it. You won’t feel like a room’s furniture is ganging up on you when you first walk into the space. Declutter and use furniture that pulls double-duty

In a small space, sometimes sacrifices have to be made to make a space feel more airy. And then make the furniture you do have in there work extra hard, like in the image above, where an upholstered ottoman doubles as a coffee table or extra seating. 4. It’s drastic, but it works (find images in this post as proof). 5. It can literally feel like the walls are squeezing in slowly. Use mirrors to your advantage

It’s a common suggestion around here, but it’s because it works. Too many small ones in one space can add to the feeling of clutter in a room. Place your heaviest, most important pieces on the wall the farthest away from the door, and then arrange the rest of the furniture based on trying to visually balance out the space. While you’re consider curtains, think about your rugs, too. By camouflaging a piece of furniture in this way, it doesn’t grab your attention as easily, and it doesn’t feel heavy or imposing. (Image credits: Mary Lee’s Life in 300 Square Feet; Chris Perez; Carolyn Purnell; Erin Williamson of Design Crisis; Sarah Dobbins; Kelly Brown and Melissa Milakovic) But keeping them clear and clutter-free can have a huge impact on making a room feel more airy. With winter on the way, you’ll be spending a lot more time indoors, so you might consider investing in proven ways you can make your small space feel less claustrophobic. Rearrange and move big furniture to the back

Consider moving your bulkier furniture away from the room’s entrance. 6. But, pool on the ground a little too much, especially too close to furniture, and it might feel like they’re inching toward you. Keep the textiles simple in your space for a more wide open feel. We’ve got seven ideas! Not only will it make a small space feel bigger, it’ll help cut down on that claustrophobic feeling by not letting those walls feel too imposing or solid. Don’t choose oversize art or go crazy with wall collages

Though oversize art can certainly play an important role in interiors (as can wall collages), oversized pieces of art, even if they make for a dynamic look, can feel imposing in a small room. Keep window coverings simple (or don’t use any)

I love a set of curtains that pool on the ground dramatically, and they can really up the feeling of coziness and softness in a room. You don’t have live in an empty space, but try clearing off surfaces and see which ones make a room feel better when they’re empty.

Updated: 01.12.2014 — 19:53