Top Furniture Picks for Small Spaces

Whether you are downsizing to a smaller space or adding a vacation home, getting creative with storage space can certainly make a difference. With the growing popularity of tiny homes, people are re-thinking how much room they need for living. The type of furniture you choose will be a game changer and can instantly help a small room feel bigger. There are countless ways to maximize space with the right furniture and decorating tricks. Furniture and storage solutions can come together for multipurpose furniture, such as a lift-top table that doubles as a work station.

Apartment size sofas are typically smaller than standard sofas, and are perfect for providing seating in small spaces.

Chelsea Home Furniture Russell Apartment Size Sofa

Chelsea Home Furniture Ally Apartment Size Sofa

A sleeper sofa is also a great choice, as it doubles as a bed.

Broyhill Furniture Jenna Full-Size Air Dream Sleeper Sofa

If you are looking for something more sleek, opt for a futon, which also folds out into a bed.

Crown Mark Furniture Microtwill Mode Adjustable Sofa

When choosing a coffee table, always opt for one with storage. This one in particular can double as a work station.

Progressive Furniture Viero Place Lift-Top Cocktail Table in Brown

This credenza style cabinet can fold out to a queen size bed, which certainly is a space saver. A TV can be placed on top, which stays in place when the bed is folded out.

Night and Day Furniture Queen Clover Murphy Cabinet Bed – Cherry

This bench has plenty shelves and cubbies for storage. You can also store additional items on top.

Liberty Furniture Hearthstone Cubby Storage Bench

Opt for a chairside chest instead of a standard end table, since it takes up the same amount of space but provides plenty of storage.

Hooker Furniture Grandover Chairside Chest

A fold-up computer desk utilizes more wall space instead of floor space, and can be folded up when not in use.

Riverside Furniture Promenade Canted Computer Desk

A drop-leaf dining room set takes up minimal space when the leaves are folded down, and they can easily be folded back up to accommodate more seats.

Liberty Furniture Low Country Round Drop Leaf Pedestal Table Dining Room Set

If you are looking for a place to store jewelry, a mirror with hidden jewelry storage is an ideal choice. This one has an additional storage drawer underneath.

Sunny Designs Furniture Savannah Jewelry Cabinet w/ Sliding Door

Try to utilize corners when possible. A tall narrow corner bookcase can store many items without taking up much space.

Coaster Corner Shelf

You can also take advantage of the wall space above counters and/or other furniture with a wall shelf.

Safavieh David Wall Shelf

If you are looking for an accent piece, go for one that is multitasking. This storage cube will add a bold pop of color while being able to store your items.

Hammary Hidden Treasures Red Storage Cube

Adding a large mirror will create the illusion of more space. You can place the mirror across from a window to reflect more light.

Bassett Mirror Company Antique Mirror Frame with Beaded Edge Leaner

Ren-Wil Aura Rectangular Mirror

Brand Overview: Lazzaro Leather

Lazzaro Leather is one of the newest brands available at Home Gallery Stores. You can find a wide selection of leather living room and entertainment room furniture. The brand offers leather sofas, sectionals, loveseats, ottomans and more in a range of styles from traditional to contemporary.

There are many benefits to buying leather furniture. Leather typically has a shiny appearance and ages well, becoming even softer over time. The material is sturdy and tough, and will last many years.

If you are looking for a traditional living room sofa, the Lazzaro Leather Senator Collection is a great choice. This collection features pieces in a brown vintage cover with elegant tufted detailing and nail head trim.

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Lazzaro Leather Senator Collection

If your style is more contemporary, the Manlyn Collection from Lazzaro Leather will be the perfect fit for your home. Pieces in this collection have a crisp white cover and sleek edges, with flared arms and tapered legs.

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Lazzaro Leather Manlyn Collection

Check out Lazzaro Leather at Home Gallery Stores here!

Storage Solutions: Multitasking Furniture

Storage Sofa

Looking for extra storage? Furniture with built-in storage is a great option for neatly organizing items without taking up any extra space.

Some sofas come with underneath storage drawers that are perfect for storing items like books and throw blankets. Storage sofas are especially ideal for small rooms and apartments, where there may not be too much extra space for boxes and shelves. Find more storage solutions and tips here.

The Ultimate Resource for Upholstery Materials

Living Room Sofa

If you want to get the most out of your furniture in the long run, it is extremely important to choose the right upholstery material for your home. There are many different types of upholstery materials for sofas, loveseats, recliners, chairs and ottomans.

It is best to look at different qualities of each material in order to choose the most practical one. Find out more about the qualities of different upholstery materials here.

 

 

How to buy a Sofa

How to buy a Sofa from HomeGalleryStores.com:

Couch, settee, chesterfield, divan, davenport, canapé, oh my! No wonder choosing a sofa can seem intimidating! Never mind how many choices may come with selecting just the right piece for your home. Never fear, Home Gallery Stores is here to help!

Here are a few pointers to get you started:

How will you use it and who will use the sofa?
Will you be purchasing a sofa for a family room or a living room setting? Is it the focal point? Will you use it for everyday activities in a family room such as watching TV, relaxing, sharing a cup of coffee with friends? Will the sofa be a launching pad for active kids and pets? Or will the sofa be the center piece of a more formal living room which seldom has visitors? Do you need space for a coffee table or end tables?

Style: Choose a sofa that echoes your personal style as well as the overall theme of your home. Is your style hip, traditional, contemporary or somewhere in between? Remember the simpler, the more lasting the style.

Shape: Have paint chips and a measuring tape in hand. Measure your space and make a diagram of the room. Be sure to allow for flow of traffic around the pieces you select. If you are having a hard time fitting in enough pieces to seat the entire family, consider a sectional sofa which you can often configure to fit your space.

Size & Scale: Choose deep seating, and good size arms for lounging and for family members with longer legs. For older folks who may have a difficult time climbing off a large sofa, consider a smaller scale, more shallow sofa with a tight back.

Fabric: Consider color and pattern. Are there pieces in the room you need to work around? Would you prefer a color statement or a neutral? To get the patterns and trends of the season into your décor, consider using them on an ottoman or as a pillow pattern rather than an allover fabric. A pattern may hide stains more easily and should be scaled to match the size of the sofa as well as the scale of the room. Choose the type of fabric for its durability, cleanability or for its tactile nature. For instance a chenille may be soft and durable and great for day to day living. Leather is consistently in style and just gets better with age. The Mayo Clinic has suggested leather furniture for folks with allergy issues. Kid and pet friendly options are microfibers, polyesters, performance leathers and leather alternatives such as polyurethane.

Cushions: Attached back cushions will require fluffing or rearranging. Loose back cushions allow for flipping pillows over. Seat cushions may be constructed differently from manufacturer to manufacturer. Coils and foam seat cushions are the most common. Down cushions will make for a softer seat.

Arm Styles: Arms may vary from contemporary pleated to English, to square with nailheads. If you like to use the arms as a headrest perhaps you would enjoy a pillow style arm.

Base Styles: Skirted or exposed wood legs – the choice is yours. Exposed wood legs can range from delicate Queen Anne or delicately carved to chunky bun feet or more tapered modern. Wood finishes run the gammit. Skirts may be fabric or made of trim such as bullion.

Function: A sleeper sofa can change any room into a guest room in minutes. Perhaps you would like to recline while watching the big game – look for selections that include drink holders, iPod docking stations and massage!
Construction: A trait of a well-made sofa is the frame itself. A good quality sofa will be constructed of kiln-dried hardwood. Also, check the warranty offered by the manufacturer.

Budget: buy the best quality sofa that you can afford. A good sofa may last you 10 or more years if well taken care of.

The best tip of all: enjoy the process! In the end you will have a piece of furniture that reflects your lifestyle and makes you smile every time you enter the room.  www.HomeGalleryStores.com