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Furnish and design small rooms

Setting up and designing small rooms is anything but easy. But with a little creativity, a clever choice of furniture and our tips, you can make even inconspicuous, small rooms appear larger.

Furnish and design small rooms
Furnish and design small rooms

Furnishing small rooms in an apartment has left many people in despair: Too many objects with too little storage space at the same time is a widespread problem. There are certainly tips and tricks on how to cleverly furnish a small living space and not only create a cozy oasis, but also create a lot of space at the same time. Even if you want to make small rooms appear larger, it's not that difficult.

Basic tips for small spaces

1. Paint with light colors
Use light, cool tones such as white or beige in small rooms. These make the room appear larger. You can also paint the ceiling a little lighter than the wall, creating visual height.

2. Create additional storage space with built-in wardrobes
You gain space up to the ceiling with high built-in wardrobes. At the top you can put things that are used less often, such as Christmas decorations. Built-in wardrobes are particularly suitable for niches and unused corners of the room. There they integrate perfectly into the environment and create useful storage space.

3. Make use of multifunctional furniture
Multifunctional furniture is the future of living. These can work wonders for smaller and smaller apartments or when setting up tiny houses. The dining table in the living room can be used as a desk at the same time, or the chest of drawers in the bedroom as a dressing table. More and more furniture designers value multifunctionality, which is mainly made possible by folding, sliding and pulling elements. In this way, modular furniture can easily be enlarged or reduced again if necessary.

4. Don't clutter the room with too much decoration
When it comes to decoration, you should also take care not to overload small rooms with objects. This quickly becomes difficult and visually reduces the space. Instead, it makes sense to decorate in a consciously minimalist and reduced way. Because here, too, the following applies: less is more.

5. Expand the space with mirrors
Large mirrors can become real wonders in small rooms. Because these reflect daylight and visually expand the room.

Design the small bathroom

A small bathroom is not uncommon in Germany. If you still want to make optimal use of six square meters of space, the following setup tips will help you:

1. Rely on lavish tiles and bright colors
As in other rooms, light, cool colors should also dominate the overall picture in the bathroom. Avoid using small tiles that make the room look like a tiny wet room. Rather, you should choose large tiles. If these are also laid diagonally, you optically cheat on the floor space.

2. Use storage space instead of a cupboard
There is usually no space for cupboards in the mini bathroom. However, due to the high humidity, the bathroom is not the ideal place to store cosmetics anyway. It makes much more sense to put a pretty storage basket in the linen cupboard - it is dry and dark there. The same applies to the storage of medicines. Shelves embedded in the wall are a better way to store objects such as toothbrushes, small towels or even perfumes.

3. For the sink, prefer a flat siphon instead of a tubular siphon
Conventional washbasins usually have a pipe siphon, which with its curve wastes valuable storage space under the washbasin. It is better to build in a flat siphon - this way the garbage can also find a place without wasting valuable floor space.

4. Asymmetrical shower trays and bathtubs fit better
A bathtub with a standard size of 170 by 75 centimeters usually does not fit into small bathrooms. But that doesn't mean that you have to do without a bathtub completely. Because space-saving bathtubs can help. Corner tubs ideally fill the available space and storage space is created around the tub. Asymmetrical bathtubs become narrower towards the foot end and can therefore be installed next to the door, for example. Walk-in showers create floor space when they are not in use.

Furnish the small children's room

Often times, children's rooms don't offer a lot of space. So that order can still be kept there, it is important to create as much space as possible. Because it is much easier to play in a tidy room and the little ones also know exactly where to find what.


1. Raise the bed
A loft bed is popular with both parents and children. Because the raised bed creates more storage space and the space underneath can function either as a cave or a relaxation corner. If the loft bed is thematically designed and has a slide, you can experience adventures even in a small space.

2. Adapt the puppet theater and shop to the size of the room
Puppet theater and shop make children's hearts beat faster. But the finished models from children's toy stores usually take up a lot of space and are very difficult to place in small children's rooms. You don't necessarily need a pre-fabricated model. Be creative and, for example, clamp a telescopic rod between the door frames. A cloth is hung over it and the scenery for a game is ready. Children in particular have a vivid imagination and quickly invent alternatives themselves. The advantage: If it gets boring, you can put it away again quickly.

3. Organize storage boxes and play towels
The many small parts that children need when playing can quickly be lost if they do not have a fixed place. Buy boxes or toy chests in which, for example, Lego bricks or Playmobil components can be stowed. If you prefer to be creative yourself, you can sew a so-called "play cloth". It should be an appropriate size of at least 1.20 square meters so that as much small items as possible can be stowed in it. The drawstring makes it easy to gather the cloth. Alternatively, you can also buy a play mat that can be folded and tied in just a few simple steps.

Furnish the small bedroom

Most of our time is spent in bedrooms. In order for us to feel particularly comfortable in it, the furnishings should be appealing and in no way cramped. Make sure to include only the most basic things like bed, lamp and wardrobe. Everything else distracts and makes it difficult to relax.

1. Use the storage space under the bed
Underbed chests of drawers are a wonderful way to store winter and summer clothes, bed linen or fresh towels. Plastic bed boxes such as "Gimse" (Ikea, around 10 euros) are the most stable. These usually measure 80 x 37 x 60 centimeters and reliably keep dust out thanks to the lid.

2. A large closet works well
A large closet is well worth the investment. It offers all the drawers, shelves on the floor and clothes rails and thus offers sufficient space for clothes, but also for other utensils. Make optimal use of the inside of the closet, for example by placing boxes on the closet floor in which you can store socks. Sliding doors are more practical for designing small rooms. A large mirror can be attached to them in the classic way. But hooks or a whiteboard with a few magnets can also prove themselves. Here there is space for private notes, photos or important things that you should think about when you get up.

Design the small living room

The living room is the room in which we usually spend the most active time - it is all the more important to furnish it to be as space-saving and comfortable as possible.

1. Small sofa and armchair
Avoid bulky furniture, which makes the room look small and heavy. Instead of a huge sofa, it is better to combine a sofa with armchairs or chairs. The advantage: Chairs can be moved without problems and placed in the dining room if necessary. An upholstered coffee table, better known as a "pouf", can be used both as a stool and as a side table. Glass plates or trays are suitable so that the upholstery does not get dirty. If you have frequent visitors, but don't have enough space to set up a guest room, it is also worth buying a sofa bed. This can easily be folded out when needed, otherwise it serves as a normal couch.

2. Built-in wardrobes are the be-all and end-all
Built-in cupboards in the living room offer an ideal way to stow things that are not needed all the time. DVD players, stereo systems and CDs can be elegantly stowed in it, but are right at hand when needed. Perhaps take a look at our 20 most beautiful living room shelves.

Design the small kitchen

Small kitchens are commonplace mainly in large cities. In these cases, it is all the more important to use the limited space as generously as possible. Mobile kitchens, which consist of individual small modules, create flexibility. Use the gaps and create more storage space in the kitchen.

1. Small kitchens require more planning
When planning a small kitchen, you should make sure that open cabinet doors do not block any passages. For example, place the refrigerator or dishwasher as far away as possible from a passage.

2. Make optimal use of the cabinets
The practical thing about a pull-out cupboard: You can use it right down to the last corner from both sides, as long as it is not directly against the wall. Cabinets with different depths can be optimally integrated into a corner and also create space there for plates and cups. But also a pull-out rondel in the corner cupboard makes storage space accessible that would otherwise only be reached by laboriously bending over. Turning it in and out makes it easier to access.

3. Mobile helpers make everyday life easier
A serving trolley, for example, provides additional work space when it is needed and can otherwise disappear under the dining table.