For most condo dwellers, ‘spacious’ is not the word someone would use to describe their living space. In fact if you own or live in a condo in the GTA your place is probably well under 1000 square feet.
The dilemma for most is, how can you maximize the space and create the beautifully decorated condo you imagined?
Luckily many furniture makers have caught on and are catering to the urban living buyer with condo-sized furniture. Even with this in mind when condominiums have areas from 300 – 500 square feet you still need to assess your lifestyle and space to find the right balance.
If you love to dine out with friends and rarely eat at home, there is no need for a traditional dining room with a large table, buffet and hutch. You may have had a queen size bed in a house, but now you may have to settle for a double.
Compact condo living means thinking style AND purpose.
It is essential to find furniture that serves more than one purpose when given the space constraints of a condo. When looking for pieces always think…can this do double duty? A table shouldn’t just be a table. Can it be a desk, a dining table and a side table? EQ3 has the Hallie folding table that does all of that for only $399.
The kitchen is usually the tightest space in most condos. But AyA Kitchens has found a way to expand your kitchen. The ARC retractable island can be used as a counter, an island and a bar depending on where you have it in your space.
Glass and Mirrors
The illusion of spacious living is the goal of condo dwellers. Using mirrors and glass make rooms seem larger and more luxurious if used the right way. An decorative mirror carefully placed at the end of a hall or opposing a window can create the look of endless space Elte has the Terazza $825 that can do the trick.
A glass top coffee table with storage underneath like Elte’s Clifford coffee table lets you see through the piece opening up the space. It may be a bit of a splurge at $2765 but it adds that touch of luxury.
Floor to Ceiling
Condos are all about vertical living, so think height when shopping for furniture. Instead of a low TV stand go for a higher one like EQ3’s Tessa ($1295), mount your TV, then add some floating shelves above for your favourite books or trinkets.
In the bedroom rather than using a traditional dresser, use shelving with doors and create a modern wardrobe. EQ3’s Grid ($499) is a 72-inch high unit and is 36 inches wide giving you more than enough space for all your T’s, socks and sweaters. You can also choose wood or frosted glass doors to change up the look.
Sizing up available storage in your condo is a priority. In a small area if a few things are out of place, it’s easy to look cluttered. Since we spend 8 hours of our day in the bedroom it’s a great idea to invest in a good bed. Elte’s Butler storage platform bed ($3716) gives you the look of luxury with its high tufted headboard, as well as having 22 cubic feet of storage under the mattress.
In the living room EQ3 has Core nesting tables ($399) that you can have stacked in the corner but bring out when guest are over, as well as the Honeycomb Ottoman ($179) that offers hidden storage as well as multifunction turning into a side table too.
With all these hot trends in compact condo furnishings decorating for your small space with purpose, doesn’t have to mean splurging on big style.
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