Setting Up Home in a Small Space

Better Homes and Gardens

Moving into a small space requires some advance planning, especially if you've got to buy new furniture or make tough decisions about which of your existing pieces will fit in your new home. One 600-square-foot apartment featured in Better Homes and Gardens shows how it can help to keep a few simple principles in mind...

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Choose furniture that allows you to see through to the floor, creating an illusion of more space. The bedside table in the top photo is a good choice, with a lighter feel than a traditional nightstand.

Consider dual-purpose pieces. This stainless steel table (above left), from a restaurant supply store, is wide and long enough to function as both dining table and desk.

Try replacing heavy doors with draperies. The owner of this apartment used a floor-to-ceiling drape for her closet. She also replaced some interior door panels with frosted glass to create a more open feeling.

For more small-space tips and to see the full sildeshow of this pretty little apartment, click over to Better Homes and Gardens.

(Images: Shawn Gilliam/Better Homes and Gardens)