Apartment Essentials: Living Room
Decorating an apartment can be such a blast, but it can also be a challenge to get everything you need/want into a smaller space such as an apartment. We've broken down the top essentials you need to make sure your apartment living room is decorated with style and function in mind.
1. Sofa or Couch
What is any living room without a couch or sofa? Your sofa is often the centerpiece of your living space, and you need something that will be sturdy, durable, stylish, and comfortable. If there is one item in your entire apartment that you should splurge a little on, it's your sofa. It's where families gather for the holidays, where friends crash for "Shonda Thursdays," where the guys get together for football game days, where you snuggle up with your significant other, where you play tickle monster with your kids... you live on those cushions.
You might be wondering why we say an ottoman is an essential instead of a coffee table. When you're looking at decorating small spaces, it's all about functionality. The right ottoman will provide style, storage, extra seating, and the basic functions of a coffee table. With an adorable wood or metal tray, you can give yourself a place to set food, drinks, books, etc. An ottoman that also has storage options gives you a place to store your "coffee table" set up on nights when you need an extra seat for game night or a place to rest your feet for a movie with your friends or significant other.
3. Console Table
If you plan on watching TV, you'll need a place to put it! Most apartment complexes don't allow you to drill holes in the wall to mount a TV, meaning you'll have to have something to sit yours on. A console table is also a great place for storage. You can keep your WIFI modem, cables, extension cords, and other unsightly essentials hidden behind or inside your consoles, and they offer a place to display family pictures, meaningful decor items (like that NYC snow globe your aunt bought for you on her trip there last year), and your favorite books.
4. Bookshelf/Other Storage
Storage, storage, storage. In an apartment, you need stylish ways to display things that you might put in a closet or different room if you were in a house. This is also the main space to showcase your personal stuff: throw blankets, books, pictures, and plants are just a few of the things you might want to store in a bookshelf. If your bookshelf is strategically placed, you can also keep your "holiday table settings" on display or use it as an end table.
Most apartment complexes have switched to hardwood floors, tile, or laminate of some kind, which means you need something soft underneath your feet. Rugs can really accent your design choices and bring an entire room together. They also play a role in how large your spaces look. If you've got the right rug size and room layout, you can really maximize your small space and make it look much larger. Don't know what size rug will work best in your space? No worries-- our free in-home design service can help you stylize your entire space.
We understand that shopping for new decor and furniture can be stressful. That's why we train our professional staff to help walk you through your fabric and color options while providing our customers with services like our free in-home design consultations to help you create your perfect living room, bedroom, or entire home! Schedule a free consultation or swing by our Ft. Smith showroom to see how we can turn your dreams into a reality!