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And great to see you all reading here!
So, I’ve been thinking about living rooms lately, you know, that one room in your house where life is supposed to happen. I mean, why not call it the “existential crisis chamber”?
That’s what it really is, right?
But seriously, what’s up with these modern living room designs? It seems like the goal is to confuse everyone who walks in. You walk into someone’s house and can’t even tell if it’s a living room or an IKEA showroom.
I mean, I just wanted to sit down and not feel like I’m in a furniture catalog.
And don’t get me started on the color schemes.
Remember when living rooms had actual colors?
Reds, blues, greens.
All we get are fifty shades of gray.
It’s like our living rooms are mourning the death of their own personalities.
Do you know what I miss?
I miss those tacky, old-fashioned living rooms.
The ones with the ugly floral wallpaper and the carpet that looked like they had survived a nuclear explosion. You could walk in there and say, “Ah, yes. This is a living room where people lived, argued, and spilled coffee.” It had character!
But these days, everything has to be “minimalist.”
What does that even mean? “Hey, let’s just take out everything that makes a living room feel like home and then call it a design trend!” You walk into these modern living rooms and are afraid to sit on anything. It’s like walking on eggshells, except the eggshells are expensive, designer furniture pieces that cost more than your car.
And let’s talk about the furniture, shall we?
Remember when sofas were comfortable?
Now they’re these cold, angular, metal things that look like they belong in an art museum, not in a place where you’re supposed to relax.
You’re sitting there, trying to enjoy Netflix, and your back is screaming, “Just give me a good ol’ La-Z-Boy, please!”
But you know what’s even worse?
The tiny living rooms in rental apartments. The landlord says, “This apartment has a spacious living room!” And you walk in, and it’s the size of a walk-in closet. You’ve got to decide whether you want a couch or a coffee table because there’s no room for both.
Don’t even get me started on trying to have a party in a small rental living room. You invite ten friends over, and suddenly, it’s like you’re hosting a game of human Tetris. “Okay, Sarah, if you could just contort your body into an L shape, we could fit two more people in here.”
And you know the best part about living room design?
No matter how much you spend on it or how many hours you put into picking out the perfect pieces, your living room will never look like the one in the catalog.
Because you actually live in it.
There will always be that one stain on the rug from when your friend dropped red wine or the pile of remotes that never seem to have a proper place.
But you know what, folks?
That’s the beauty of it.
A living room isn’t about looking perfect; it’s about being a place where life happens. So embrace the chaos, the stains, and the out-of-place furniture. Because, at the end of the day, that’s what makes a house a home.
Now, returning to all seriousness, let’s read what my writing mate wanted me to include in our current small living DIY furniture project discussion.
Having a small living room can be challenging when it comes to storage. You don’t want it to look cluttered, but you don’t want to sacrifice your storage needs. Fear not! With creativity, you can maximize your small living room’s available storage and keep it stylish. Here are some fun and creative ideas to get you started:
- Use multi-functional furniture: Opt for furniture that serves more than one purpose. For example, use a storage ottoman instead of a traditional coffee table. It’s a perfect spot to store blankets, pillows, and even board games while providing extra seating.
- Install floating shelves: Floating shelves are a fantastic way to add extra storage without taking up floor space. Use them to display your favorite books, plants, or decorative pieces.
- Hang a pegboard: Pegboards aren’t just for your garage or workspace. They’re perfect for organizing and displaying items in your living room. Hang one on a blank wall to store magazines, plants, or your favorite vinyl records.
- Use behind-the-door storage: The back of your living room door is prime real estate for storage. Hang an over-the-door shoe organizer to store small items like remote controls, chargers, and your favorite snacks.
- Utilize your vertical space: Don’t forget about your walls! Install a hanging organizer or a wall-mounted magazine rack to store mail and other documents. Install floating shelves or use a ladder shelf to store items vertically. You can even use the space above your windows to install a shelf or two.
- Choose furniture with built-in storage: Opt for pieces with built-in storage if you’re in the market for new furniture. For example, a sofa with built-in storage under the seat or a TV stand with cabinets and drawers.
- Get creative with storage baskets: Use baskets to store items that don’t have a designated spot, such as throw blankets, toys, or even shoes. Choose stylish baskets that complement your decor, and you won’t have to worry about clutter.
In conclusion, don’t let a small living room limit your storage needs. With these fun and creative ideas, you can make the most of your available space while keeping it stylish and clutter-free.
To expand your imagination, play the next,
12 DIY Choices for Small Space Organization Video
The living room is the hub of the house where you spend time with family, watch movies, play games, or host a little party. If yours is small, organizing it and eradicating clutter can be challenging. You need to find ideas to maximize even a tiny space maximum function for extra storage.
For this reason, we are coming up with 12 ideas for maximizing storage in a small living room.