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How to live large in a small space

How to live large in a small space

Wish you had more space? You're not alone. But bigger isn’t always better, and with some thoughtful design you can transform a cramped and poky room into a light and airy space that you can’t wait to come home to.

Slimline Modulars

Many people think of modular and sectional sofas as large sprawling pieces that dominate a room, but the right sectional is actually the perfect choice for cosy snugs and compact lounges. Because modular sofas fit so well into corners they’re a great way of maximising space in smaller rooms, and if you choose a sectional with a flexible modular design, you can move the modules around really easily and adapt it to your space. Don’t forget, a few larger pieces in a room always makes it feel bigger rather than filling it with lots of smaller items.

Our La Jola corner sofa comes in a compact model (shown above), or try our Fudge or Nougat corner sofas which have a minimal leg design that shows the flooring underneath the sofa – a great trick for making a space feel larger.

 La Jola corner sofa right hand facing mixt linen white fabric



Room for two

A two seater sofa is perfect for small nooks in bedrooms, playrooms, snugs, or a sun-bathed spot by a window. Great for more compact spaces, the Francis sofa blends streamlined styling with premium comfort, while the clean and contemporary Whitehead sofa combines Scandinavian minimalism with mid-century style.

Francis 2 seater sofa dusky velvet khaki
whitehead 2 seater sofa pandemonium velvet emperors clothes fabric

Pieces that multi-task

An old trick but a good one – multi-functional pieces stay true to the old adage that less is more. Choose a footstool instead of a coffee table; somewhere to kick your feet up, an extra seat for guests when they visit, or add a tray for drinks and snacks when you’re entertaining.

Sofa beds are another great multi-tasker. Our sofa beds transform effortlessly in seconds when you have people to stay, and they’re just as stylish as our sofas so you can’t even tell they’re a sofa bed!   Finally, pick coffee and side tables with storage.

gymnasium storage chest reclaimed maple wood
Gymnasium storage chest reclaimed maple
Gymnasium storage chest reclaimed maple


Our Gymnasium Chest is perfect for this – handmade using reclaimed gym floors and sanded down for a cleaner colouring. Featuring hidden drawer handles and simple clean lines.


Get the lighting right

Lighting is always important and even more so if your room doesn’t get much natural light. A statement pendant or chandelier adds drama to a whole room, even when your floor space is limited.

Covalent Pendant lighting

Explore our collection of handcrafted lighting, from vintage to glamorous to industrial styles, and make even the smallest room a more inviting and welcoming place to be.

Only buy what you love

Lastly, with less space it’s even more important to choose pieces that you love, that really speak to you. Just one standout piece adds instant character to your space, whether that’s an armchair in a statement fabric, or something with sentimental value that’s been passed down through your family, only fill your home with pieces that make you smile.