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5 Inventive Ways to Get the Most Out of Small Spaces


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Small furniture and wall hangings can really open up a space.
Small furniture and wall hangings can really open up a space.
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Large furniture and appliances will make your small space seem like something out of "Alice in Wonderland." Instead, go for items that won't dwarf the room.

Forget the recliner and huge sofa. Go for a small sofa or even a loveseat instead. Flat-screen TVs -- especially the kind that hang on a wall -- save space. Choose a narrow, drop-leaf table and keep it against the wall when you don't need to use it.

In the bedroom, either forgo the bed's headboard -- it can shrink the room -- and use the wall instead, or make the headboard do double duty with bookshelves and storage.

In the kitchen, choose small-scale appliances. Many newer models use space efficiently. There are even refrigerators that are no deeper than the average cabinet, saving floor space. Look for compact counter-top appliances. If they serve more than one function -- chop and blend, for example -- that's a plus. A single-bowl sink means more counter space.


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