Here’s Why This Type of Decor Is Your Small Space Best Friend

published Nov 3, 2020
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Make no mistake about it: Acrylic furniture and decor can make a big impact in a small space. Sleek, simple, and ultra-modern, not only are clear furnishings super stylish, but they can also help create the illusion of a larger space because they don’t crowd up a room with visual weight or clutter.

Interested in incorporating some see-through pieces into a snug area of your home? Read ahead for 10 acrylic decor items that will make even the smallest of spaces feel more open and inviting.

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1. Invisible Shelves

The only thing better than floating shelves in a small space are ones you can barely see. These acrylic shelves mount straight to the wall so you can show off everything, from books and nail polish to framed art, without overcrowding a room.

Buy: Cq Acrylic 15″ Invisible Acrylic Floating Wall Ledge Shelf (Set of 4), $21.99 from Amazon

2. See-Through Stool

Why waste valuable floor space on a bulky stool when you can have a multifunctional see-through one instead? This shapely acrylic stool can moonlight as a nightstand or end table and features curved legs designed to hold books, magazines, and records.

Buy: Umbra Magino Stool, $199.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond

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3. Transparent Table Lamp

In the market for a table lamp that won’t overpower your desk or nightstand? This portable transparent table lamp is composed of clear, acrylic-inspired polycarbonate plastic and is operated by a touch sensor LED, so you won’t have to look at unsightly wires either.  

Buy: Fatboy Transloetje Table Lamp, $109.00 from YLighting

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4. Clear Nesting Tables

If you’re short on space but in need of surfaces to set things on, consider a set of acrylic nesting tables. These clean-lined acrylic tables are small enough to squeeze into a tight corner, but they can also be unstacked to provide three separate tabletops for whenever—or wherever—you need them.

Buy: Baxton Studios 3-Piece Acrylic Nesting Table Set, $189.99 $142.49 from Target

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5. Floating Chair

A simple clear chair can make a stylish statement in a small space. This transparent, acrylic-style polycarbonate plastic stunner is designed with a curved seat and base, so it supplies plenty of comfort but looks almost like its floating on air.

Buy: IKEA TOBIAS Chair, $79.00 from IKEA

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6. Translucent Tray

Searching for an organizer that won’t overwhelm your coffee table or desk? This acrylic tray is perfect for stashing items such as paperwork, newspapers, and remote controls and will work with any color palette.

Buy: West Elm Acrylic Tray, Starting at $35.00 $24.50 for a 12-inch square size from West Elm

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7. Transparent Tray Table

A transparent folding table can be a game changer in a small room. This lightweight acrylic table features a tray-style top with side handles for portability and simply folds up when not in use.

Buy: Designstyles Acrylic Folding Tray Table, $119.99 from Amazon

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8. Clear Bookcase

For as much storage as bookcases can provide, they can crowd up a room pretty quickly. This ladder-style bookcase is composed of clear plastic, so it won’t cramp up a small space and offers four tiers of storage to boot.

Buy: Symple Stuff Leaning Ladder Bookcase, $379.99 $349.99 from Wayfair

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9. See-Through Workstation

Struggling to carve out a designated workspace in a small area of your home? To score a bona fide workstation in no time flat, slide this sleek, slender acrylic console table into a small bedroom or empty corner.

Buy: Tim 33″ Console Table, $499.00 $280.00 from Joss & Main

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10. Floating Cart

Consider this rolling cart the Rolls Royce of transparent storage solutions. Composed of molded acrylic, this two-tier cart supplies ample storage opportunity and surface space. It also sits on clear acrylic casters, meaning it can move from room to room with total ease.

Buy: CB2 Peekaboo Acrylic Rolling Shelf, $349.00 from CB2