Our living rooms are where we spend most of our time. This is also where our guests experience our house the most when they come over for coffee, or to catch up. Although our living rooms are the most lived-in room of our home, that doesn’t mean we need to skimp on style to incorporate all our kids’ toys or our deceased grandma’s favourite armor. We want our living rooms to be beautiful representations of our style while also being comfy and cozy.

Nowadays, we see smaller and smaller rooms becoming the norm. This can present some challenges when we’re trying to fit as much seating as possible into the room without it looking crowded. To help you with your furniture decoration, here are the 10 best furniture ideas for small living rooms.

1. Loveseats

Antique shops are a great place to start when looking for furniture that fits small living rooms. Since loveseats are smaller than your traditional sofa since they only hold two people, it should not be too difficult to incorporate it into a small space. Now not only will you have seating room, which is so important in a living room, but it won’t dominate the small space.

2. Small Accent Chairs

There are so many kinds of small accent chairs that can be incorporated into small spaces. There are accent chairs to fit any style making it easy to find something to suit the look you are going for. Arrange the small accent chairs across from the loveseat to create a quaint little sitting area with just enough seating options.

3. Downsize the sofa

When designing a room with a small space in mind sometimes you need to skip the really large sofa just to save space. However, this doesn’t mean you need to have less seating. Some of the previous options we’ve mentioned like loveseats and small accent chairs work just as well. But if you really want a sofa, why not try a backless sofa?

4. Backless sofa

You need to be strategic when picking the best furniture for small living rooms. Instead of putting a sofa against a wall, you can purchase a backless sofa which can go anywhere in the room, like the middle of the room. A word of caution: make sure your backless sofa is big enough so it’s not just simply eating up space in the middle of your room.

5. Sleeper Sofas

This multi-functional piece comes with a double purpose: seating during the day, and a bed at night. This is particularly useful if your whole apartment is small – not just your living room. All you need is some space to make the sofa into a bed and you’ll have a bed for any overnight guests.

6. Low seating

By placing low seating like poofs, ottomans, and pillows around the fireplace, not only are you providing extra seating that is comfy and cozy, but won’t be taking away from the room’s focal point or décor. If you have kids, or if your kids have their friends over, this is a great space for them to hang out without the worry of them spilling food or drink on your more expensive pieces.

7. Nesting Side Tables

Side tables are among the best furniture for small living rooms. Nesting side tables have many uses. They can be used for beverages, snacks, or you can move them around for extra seating if the need arises.

8. Ottomans

We love multi-functional pieces when it comes to small spaces. You can use your ottoman for additional seating, to serve drinks and food on a coffee table, or for storage, all depending on your needs at the moment. They look pretty too so you can’t go wrong using this furniture in your living room!

9. Mirrors

Mirrors can do a lot for a small space. By using several mirrors on one wall, you can create a focal point, while boosting light and adding depth all at once. If you can hang the mirror across from a window the mirror will reflect the view outside, giving the impression of an extra window and making space seem lighter.

10. Coffee table with storage

A lot of coffee tables these days come with the option to have storage built-in. This is really a lifesaver when you have a small space – you need all the space you can get! The best part is no one will be the wiser that your beautiful coffee table is actually storing magazines, blankets, extra pillows and much more. A trunk or storage ottoman as a coffee table works well for this purpose. You can even try a small chest of drawers or a small credenza instead of a console table to boost storage options. The possibilities are endless when it comes to storage options!

Using these items as a starting point will put you on the right track to finding furniture that fits your small living room, while still making it functional you for family and your guests.