The Small-Space Edit: How to Make the Most of Your Square Footage

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Having space is something of a luxury, especially for those who are renting, just purchased their first home, or live in big cities. Since square footage isn't always easy to come by, making the most of what you have to work with is paramount when choosing furniture and dГ©cor to fill the space. Small spaces can easily become overwhelmed by the wrong additions-and, by the same token, can appear surprisingly spacious and open with carefully curated pieces. Decorating a small space can sometimes feel like putting a tricky puzzle together, but Cost Plus World Market-a treasure trove of unique home furnishings and dГ©cor-has all the secrets you need. Head below for five tips to decorate a small space without compromising on style and then shop our edit of pieces.

Measure and Plan Before You Purchase

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Designers warn against buying "dollhouse furniture" to furnish your small space, but at the same time, you should invest in pieces that will actually complement-not overwhelm-the room. If you're starting from scratch, be strategic in what you choose to be a part of your home. What couch size will look best in the space? If you decide on a particular couch style, how much space is left for the coffee table and necessary breathing room around it?

Invest in Multifunctional Furniture

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Smartly choosing pieces that pull double duty reduces the number of items you need to bring into the space, which is always valuable in a small room. A coffee table that also functions as storage can be a beautiful way to kill two birds with one stone-eliminating clutter and providing a lovely centerpiece to the living area.

Think Vertically

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Consider what can be achieved using the wall space rather than floor space of your home. If you're in need of more storage options, an attractive wall shelf can help keep things tidy while also serving as a decorative display.

Use Attractive Storage

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Storage is one of the biggest obstacles when navigating small spaces. Oftentimes your storage choices-while they tidy up and tuck away items-may remain seen. Invest in some beautiful baskets or wooden boxes you don't mind leaving on display on, say, an open shelf.

Be Flexible

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One of the best ways to make the most of a small space is to be open-minded about where everything goes. Furniture isn't permanent, so consider moving things around when the occasion calls for it. If you're having a gathering, you may shift some larger pieces so there's more space to mingle. Functional additions like dividers can also serve to bring a new perspective to the space. Remember that nothing is ever fixed, so invest in objects that can be used with this fluidity in mind.

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