Designing around a small space

You’re not the first, and you won’t be the last among all of Toronto  dwellers to be incumbent by small square footage and lack of space. As the city grows, our spaces get smaller. It’s fact, and hard to get around it unless you have an open budget, which most of us do not. There’s a few ways InSTYLE can help you around that. Below are tips on getting yourself organized and some small space saving solutions.

First off, take the guess work out. Everybody isn’t a designer, decorator, or know anything about furniture, so leave it to the professionals. They know. One of the ways you can do this is hire an Interior Designer. They come with a ton of knowledge, have great creative skills and have a finger on as what’s on trend. Not quite in the budget to hire a Designer? Or don’t need a full re-model? Another option could be an Interior Decorator. A lot of them are independent, focus on more interior esthetics and also have a good pulse of what’s out there. Another option is talk to the experienced team members at any of your local furniture shops. A lot of them have design experience, and are looking at furniture ALL day! I know, sometimes it can be unbearable the thought of a pushy sales person, but when you are ready to move forward with making your space the best possible/organized way it can be, ask questions! An in store sales rep can lead you to more options than just what you see on a sales floor. They have all the knowledge ready in their back pocket to meet all your needs.

Secondly, make a list of what you need. What are the problem areas in your home? These should be the talking points with your designer, decorator or sales person. Going in with the notion, ‘I don’t know what I want’ gets nobody anywhere. Be aware of WHAT, then you can figure out colours and style from there. An experienced designer can help come up with solutions for those problems, so therefore, take the guess work out for you.

Lastly, Optimism & Patience. Designing around a small space takes time, to find the right items that work for you and your space. Your space may not come together over night like an episode of ‘While you were Out’…does anybody even remember that show anymore? But it can look beautiful when you have taken the time and put the right items in place. You would be surprised on how much larger your place can feel with the right sized items…and how much you can fit. Less isn’t always more when it comes to small spaces. You do need lots. Lots of storage, lots of ways of hiding things you do not want shown, and getting multi-functioning items to create more usable space.

Here are some items we recommend for a small space:


The Puget Sofa. This sofa is what we like to call an Apt Sofa. These sofas are designed to meet small spaces at 70” wide! It’s clean look falls straight into place with the look of new developed city condos, and minimal depth to allow more foot space makes this a great choice.

The Amber Sette. When you are not only dealing with a small space, but small walls as well, this sette comes in handy. At 51” wide, it doesn’t take up much room, and with it’s thin arms and it won’t be too bulky in your space. You can double these up either on the adjacent wall, or across from each other as well so you don’t miss out on seating.

The Melissa Sofa. Not only are Apt Sofa’s a thing of the future, they are re-inventing themselves in new ways. No spare bedroom? No problem! This apt sofa comes with a hide-away bed. Double up your sleeping space with this perfect guest sofa. It’s clean design beats that old pull out bed your grandparents have in their basement and has a lot more comfort with its reputable double size mattress and foam gel top.

The Diamant Sofa. Don’t have the foot room to pull out a full sofa bed? This may be the solution for you. I like to call this the click clack sofa. With it’s innovative mechanism, this sofa allows you to click the back down on both back cushions to convert your sofa into a guest bed. It also allows for 2 people (or more) to have the sofa set to a comfortable setting with its 3 positions. You can keep it in it’s up right position for easy conversation, or click once to have one or 2 of the backs set to a recline positon for TV watching or reading. Click again and you can sprawl out on one side while the other remains in an upright position.


The Flato Coffee table. Glass can be your best friend when it comes to small spaces. You can really open up a space with glass as it’s translucent and doesn’t add any heaviness to a space. It also adds a nice texture element in design when you are dealing with wood floors and possibly concrete wall. Round coffee tables (depending on your layout) can actually provide you more space and a better overall flow of your space.

The Bachelor End Table. Multiple diversity comes with this table. It’s clean white look disappears into your space, it’s open concept not only takes away extra bulk, but it allows you to tuck this into your sofa to add more floor space, as well as doubles as an extra table for your coffee or laptop! The top portion also has a hidden drawer for hiding any extra charging cords, pens and paper…

The explorer nesting tables. Get double duty out of these tables. Not only can they stack, you get 3 tables to use at your deposal. You can share them around the room so guests get their own table or you can change them up between side table and coffee table!

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The Chelsea Leaning Bookshelf. This is the ultimate bookshelf with its multiple colour options, it’s a great way to add a punch of colour to your room, or keep it neutral with the other many wood tones or white options. This bookshelf can be a great way to store kitchen supplies when you are lacking cupboard or counter space. You can use it as a bookshelf and hold your music on it. It can be a great storage spot in a bathroom that lacks a linen closet as well. Its narrow dimensions at 2’ wide allow you to tuck it almost anywhere.

The Kingston Bookshelf. When you have some open wall space and can’t decide between art and storage, the Kingston is the perfect resolution. With it’s artistic deign, get that extra design element, while having functionality. Keep all your memorabilia from your travels, as well as store important novels on this gorgeous bookshelf.

The Lavive bench. Benches can be a great way to double up your seating when you are entertaining. Keep this bench at the foot of your bed, or in a front entry way, and eaily maneuver it to the living room when you require additional seating. Its neutral look, allows for you to blend it in anywhere.


The Daphnie Storage bed & The Bristol Storage bed. When most condos don’t offer much in the way of closet space, or there just simply isn’t enough room for a dresser, storage beds are the way to go. With these styles you get looks and functionality, while all your clothes and what not are stored below your bed safely and out of your way.

The Metro Dresser. Serve up some double duty on this unit. It’s a dresser that has an additional side/top that can be placed any width. Use this extra space for your vanity, or an in home office. It comes in a beautifully rich walnut that adds class and sophistication to any bedroom.

Happy hunting!

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Review by Jenna

posted on 19 Mar 2019
Really great tips and items for someone with a small space! As someone who has no design eye, I found it very useful to have a designer help me when I moved into my new space. Having a second set of eyes and a knack for it, is super helpful and less stres

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