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Short on space? Design tips for small homes.

Make the most of the space in your home with a few handy tips to increase the look and feel of your home.

Living in an apartment can present some spatial challenges. Perhaps you’ve found yourself having to sell a bulky hobby item to accommodate a more practical item, like a vacuum cleaner? Bye, bye bass guitar!

Well, we’re happy to say that small apartment living no longer means avoiding entertaining friends and family at home, having difficulty accommodating guests and kissing your most cherished hobby goodbye. With a few key pieces of furniture and a tiny bit of installation, you can double – even triple – the functional area of your home. In other words, you can have your hobby and enjoy it too!

From the living room through to the bedroom, we asked the experts for some furniture swaps and space-saving hacks to ensure you get the most out of the space in your home. Ready to learn how to live large in a small space? Let’s go!

Conquer a compact living room

The living room is an area bursting with space-saving potential. With one very important piece of multi-functional furniture and a few smaller items, you’ve almost got yourself a spare bedroom! While the sofa bed is not a new invention, Plush’s 3-in-1 Dex Modular lounge certainly takes functional to a whole other level.

On first glance, this lounge is a simple but sleek piece of furniture, but underneath its modern façade are a number of hidden features. Crafted out of high-quality timber and foam, the design conceals both a storage chaise and sofa bed that make it an all-in-one solution for any overnight stays. 3-in-1 Dex Modular lounge, POA, Plush.

But wait, there’s more

By day, it’s an ottoman, perfect for stretching out tired legs in front of the TV. By night, it transforms into a single bed, ready to accommodate overnight guests. This clever little space-saver is Domayne’s Newport Ottoman with a Pull-Out Bed. Newport Ottoman, POA, Domayne.

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Floor to the wall

Finding that the entertainment unit just doesn’t quite fit those odd bits and pieces like vases, books, video games and other knick-knacks? Save on valuable floor and cabinet space by moving things to the wall with these EKET cabinets by IKEA. EKET from $25, IKEA.

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Spatially aware

In the middle of summer, there’s no need to keep throw rugs and furry cushions on the couch. Choose a coffee table with concealed drawers to store everything from off-season soft furnishings to board games… even the remotes when not in use. Brumby Coffee Table from Harvey Norman, POA.

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But wait, there’s more

By day, it’s an ottoman, perfect for stretching out tired legs in front of the TV. By night, it transforms into a single bed, ready to accommodate overnight guests. This clever little space-saver is Domayne’s Newport Ottoman with a Pull-Out Bed. Newport Ottoman, POA, Domayne.

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Floor to the wall

Finding that the entertainment unit just doesn’t quite fit those odd bits and pieces like vases, books, video games and other knick-knacks? Save on valuable floor and cabinet space by moving things to the wall with these EKET cabinets by IKEA. EKET from $25, IKEA.

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Spatially aware

In the middle of summer, there’s no need to keep throw rugs and furry cushions on the couch. Choose a coffee table with concealed drawers to store everything from off-season soft furnishings to board games… even the remotes when not in use. Brumby Coffee Table from Harvey Norman, POA.

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Compact cleaning

When cupboard storage is slim, cleaning equipment such as a mop and bucket and bulky vacuum cleaner can take up much-needed space. Thankfully, JB Hi-Fi stocks a 2-in-1 Vacuuming & Mopping Robot by Ecovacs, which is compact enough to live under the couch! Ecovacs DEEBOT OZMO 950 Robotic Vacuum, $999 from JB HiFi

Dinner for ten? Let’s dine in!

Entertaining in a small space is entirely possible with extendable furniture! Kiss the days of dining out goodbye and say hello to big gatherings around your very own dinner table.

On a normal day, the Belgrave extension table by Focus On Furniture seats six to eight people. On a special occasion (or just a Saturday night), this solid wormy chestnut table can be transformed into a ten-seater in just a few minutes. Belgrave extension table, $1,799 from Focus on Furniture.

 

Dream big in a little bedroom

Small apartments often mean small bedrooms but with a little consideration and a few handy tips, you can more than double your available storage space. Perhaps surprisingly, a bedroom can hold a whole lot more than any other room in the house thanks to beds featuring gas lift functionality.

Stow away your summer clothing, bed linen or books, but access them whenever you need with a quick and easy lift of the bed frame. The Paddington Bed Frame with gas lift storage by Snooze combines stylishness with versatility. Available in four different sizes in Oatmeal or Slate colour. Paddington Bed Frame (with gas lift storage base), $1,199 from Snooze.

 

Stylish bedside storage

Sometimes storage trumps style! But when it comes to Forty Winks’ Grandeur 2 Drawer Bedside Table, why not have both? Constructed out of solid and veneered Mountain Ash, and offering plenty of storage, this bedside table is an excellent option for contemporary bedrooms. Bedside Table (2 Drawer), From $449 at Forty Winks.

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Think outside the cupboard

If your clothes have found themselves fighting for precious wardrobe real estate, look no further than Provincial Home Living’s Montrose Wardrobe. In almost the click of a finger, you can expand your existing closet space with additional hanging space, a moveable shelf and 3 large drawers. Montrose Wardrobe, $2,499 from Provincial Home Living.

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Practical and chic

We get it. Storage and floor space can be limited in an apartment, which is where space-saving furniture comes in. Need to store away your summer doona or spare bed linen? Pop it into this lavish Tiffany Ottoman, which you can find exclusively at Domayne. POA.

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Stylish bedside storage

Sometimes storage trumps style! But when it comes to Forty Winks’ Grandeur 2 Drawer Bedside Table, why not have both? Constructed out of solid and veneered Mountain Ash, and offering plenty of storage, this bedside table is an excellent option for contemporary bedrooms. Bedside Table (2 Drawer), From $449 at Forty Winks.

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Think outside the cupboard

If your clothes have found themselves fighting for precious wardrobe real estate, look no further than Provincial Home Living’s Montrose Wardrobe. In almost the click of a finger, you can expand your existing closet space with additional hanging space, a moveable shelf and 3 large drawers. Montrose Wardrobe, $2,499 from Provincial Home Living.

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Practical and chic

We get it. Storage and floor space can be limited in an apartment, which is where space-saving furniture comes in. Need to store away your summer doona or spare bed linen? Pop it into this lavish Tiffany Ottoman, which you can find exclusively at Domayne. POA.

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A super simple solution

Floor space can be hard to come by in an apartment, so move what you can from the floor onto the walls. Thanks to IKEA’s chic SKUGGIS bamboo hooks, you can store anything from bags to clothing or baskets, stylishly on the wall! SKUGGIS from IKEA. $6.99