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Design ideas for a small living room

From solo movie marathons to chilling with friends, the living room is a place where you spend most of your time at home. Even if you live in a small space, you can design it to create a calming vibe and soothing atmosphere. These small living room ideas will help make unwinding in your living room more relaxing.

Small living room design with gray sofa, white table and a black lamp.
Small living room design with gray sofa, white table and a black lamp.

Stick to the basics

When designing small spaces, it’s always a good idea to minimize clutter. A minimalist concept strips down your living room to the basics, giving you more space to relax. Minimalist designs don’t have to be bare or boring! Choose functional, multi-purpose furniture and sleek design features to give your living room some character.

Design your living space with minimalist concept
A girl runs through an open-plan dining/living area with green velvet sofa, mustard easy chairs and white dining chairs.
Design your living space with minimalist concept

A place for everything

From working on reports to entertaining guests, a lot of stuff happens in your living room. Save yourself some time and energy by making sure that everything you need is within reach. Try out small living room ideas that make use of multi-purpose storage items and convertible furniture.

See these stylish storage options
Section of an open floor-plan interior including a kitchen island, a living-room sofa, and a full BEKANT shelving unit.
See these stylish storage options

Pick the right furniture

Choosing the right furniture is key in small space design. For a small living room, it’s best to choose furniture that is not too bulky and has flexible uses. Try finding a sofa with built in storage spaces, a moving coffee table, or a hanging lamp to save up on floor space.

Discover small living room designs
Modern seating, like VIMLE 3-seat sofa from IKEA is comfortable, flexible and multipurpose.
Discover small living room designs

Stay flexible

Since you spend a lot of time in our living rooms, design the space with some flexibility. Consider creating a multi-purpose room when designing small spaces. If you work a lot in your living room, try including some office space ideas – like a functional lamp and a comfortable work chair – in the area.

Design your flexible living room
A yellow IKEA TERTIAL portable work lamp comes with an adjustable head and arm. Here it illuminates a reading zone on a sofa.
Design your flexible living room

Design a layout that fits you

With small spaces, you don’t always have to buy the quintessential furniture for each room. As long as the design for your small space fits your needs, then you can add (or subtract) things as you see fit! A small living room doesn’t need to have a sofa, instead find a cozy armchair that fits your space.

See these decor ideas for small spaces
A lamp shines on floral bedding, pillows and a book, and a glass of water and carafe on a small white side table.
See these decor ideas for small spaces

Display interesting design features

Sometimes, it’s the little things that make a huge difference. When designing small spaces, some design features can make a room feel larger. Adding mirrors and textile features in your living room gives the illusion of space. Brighten the space with natural light and your small living room just might seem a hundred times bigger.

Design your perfect living room
Living room in an earthy-shades color scheme with decorations, storage, seating, side table, a footstool and a plant.
Design your perfect living room