Over the years, it’s easy for clutter to start building up in your home and turn it into something of a junk yard. If you want to create more space at home, you will have to start making some compromises and get organized.

Rearrange your furniture

Although you might wish you could knock down a wall to add a bit more space, that’s not always possible. Instead, simply rearranging the furniture can really open up a room and prevent it looking cramped.

Start by moving any furniture out the way of the walkways and from the behind the doors – this will immediately help it feel like there is more space in the room.

If your living room is fairly small already, remove the coffee table. The room will look much better and more spacious if you can see more of the floor. If you still want somewhere to put your coffee cups and magazines then add side tables instead.

Change the décor

A different color scheme could completely change the look of a room and trick you into thinking that you have more space. If you have an enclosed space, try using light, bright hues and avoid grey tones.

Using colors from the same family on walls and upholstery will create a sense of continuity and a more open space. The furniture will blend into the room rather than breaking it up if it’s a similar color too.

Increase natural light.
Increase natural light.

Increase natural light

Just about every single room will look bigger if it is flooded by light. If it is difficult to increase the natural light, artificial light is the next best thing, so try adding lamps or wall lights. Instead of hanging heavy curtains, opt for voiles or blinds to create more space and let in more light or select thinner curtain materials like translucent sheer fabrics.

Once you’ve increased the light coming in, changing how it moves around the room will open up even more space. If you have a dividing wall, try glass bricks. If you have a compact bedroom, try an open wood or metal bed frame instead of a sleigh or divan bed.

Hanging mirrors also has a huge impact on how we perceive the size of a room as it allows the light to reflect around the room and prevents that enclosed feeling. Place mirrors at strategic places but don’t go overboard or you may feel achieve the opposite effect.

Smaller furniture

It seems like a no-brainer. Smaller furniture increases the space available. However, you would be surprised at the number of people that cram a king-size beds into small bedrooms. Try swapping it for a double or even a four foot bed in the master room. In the spare room, opt for a foldaway or sofa bed to increase the space when it’s not in use.


  1. Smaller furniture helps a lot. When we moved to a smaller place, our old couch was way too big. We got a smaller sofa and it worked out very well.

    • @Joe – Definitely – small furniture in a smaller room allows for move walking space, and that alone gives the appearance of more room.

  2. Daisy @ Prairie Eco Thrifter Reply

    I know it’s just a show, but I’m always rolling my eyes at shows like House Hunters, because of how “small” people say their houses are, even though their fine and they are just messy or have a lot of clutter. Sometimes they have furniture that takes up the entire room when smaller stuff would suffice.

    • It fascinates me how many people can’t park in their garages because of all the junk in them. Many people have a bad tendency of keeping stuff they haven’t looked at or needed it 10 years. CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER!

  3. Paul @ The Frugal Toad Reply

    I just bought a set of hanging storage racks from Costco to increase storage in the garage. Can’twait to put them up this weekend so I can pull the truck into the garage!

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