Small Space Basics from The Age

Small Space Basics from The Age

Jan 15, 2009

Small space living is a relatively new phenomena in Australia, with most of us growing up in the suburbs (think: big front and back yards). But as more people opt for smaller, inner city living, its refreshing to see a big newspaper like The Age put out an article dealing with compact spaces. For simple, solid advice particularly useful to those just starting out in their small space, check out the main points below.
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Less is more.

  • Only have furniture that is necessary. In the lounge, go for one comfortable sofa and one special chair.
  • In place of a coffee table, try side tables that double as guest seating.
  • Choose a sofa with legs over one that touches the floor, this way you see more of the floor.

Bookcases, storage units and open shelving: think vertically.

  • Opt for tall and skinny or floor to ceiling . "If you can see the floor, the area will appear larger."
  • If you can, build it in. Use dead space under windows to install bookshelves, drawers or cupboards.

Use mirrors.

  • They create the illusion of extra space and add drama.


  • All white, all right: myth. All white walls can be dull. Use colour to create atmosphere. Pale blues and greens create airiness with more interest.


  • "Warm table lamps and reading lights over chairs and sofas invite you to sit and cocoon yourself."
  • Use space saving options like sconces in place of bedside lighting to free up table space.
  • Large lampshades are fine, see Make One Piece Oversized , just choose one with a small base.

Final points

  • Be vigilant in managing your clutter.
  • Streamline personal ornaments, photos etc. into a single large collection on a side table or credenza rather than spreading them across multiple surfaces.
  • Transform backs of doors and inside wardrobe doors into storage hot spots using hooks and slim line shelves.

Read the full article here.

What would you add to the basics of small space living?

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