Is your living room so full of furniture pieces that you trip or bump into things? Tired of cleaning your small apartment because it’s a cluttered mess? If the answer to these questions is yes then perhaps now’s the best time to get rid of furniture pieces that you don’t really need.
Home decorating is fun but it should be done with discipline. You might think that all the items that are in your living room right now are 100% useful but you’d be surprised how some of these pieces turn out to be more of an obstacle. Do not clutter your small apartment with unnecessary furniture that only waste precious floor space. Here are living room pieces that you can get rid of to save more space:
A bookshelf is a functional piece of furniture but if space is an issue, it’s something that you can live without. Bookcases, particularly big ones, take a lot of space. These are hard to clean and most times, they become a clutter magnet.
Bookcases are nice to have but for a small apartment, there are better, more space-efficient alternatives out there, like a floating or wall-mount shelf. You can also look for creative ways of putting your book collection on display or curate your collection so you don’t have to use a bookcase at all. If you must, however, stick to a skinny, shorter bookcase to save space.
Entertainment centers used to be a common sight in most living rooms. But the setup does require bulky items that waste a lot of space, such as a DVD player, a set of speakers, etc. If you want to save a lot of space in the living room then ditch the entertainment center and simply hang the TV on the wall. The same thing goes for the speakers, cable box, and other items, mount these on the wall or use a more compact table to store these items neatly. You’d be surprised how clean and organized your living home will look by simply getting rid of bulky home entertainment items.
It seems natural to set up a side table near or beside the sofa so you have a place to put lamps and cute decors on display but you know, you can skip the side tables altogether.
Just like bookcases, a side table is nice to have but it’s not essential. If you have a small living room, the side table will only end up cluttering the room unnecessarily. Also, the side table only gives you a small surface to use, it’s not really as functional as a coffee table or a full-sized table.
Worse, that extra surface means you have more things to clean. Trust me, you don’t need a teeny tiny table at the end of your sofa. If you’d like to add a lamp near the sofa, opt for a floor lamp so you don’t have to use a table to set one in the living room.
Is your home desk set in the living room? While having a home office allows you to get some work done at home, you don’t really need a separate table for your home office. Any available surface area can be turned into a desk. This goes especially if you use a laptop for work, the portability of a laptop means you can use any flat surface like a table. Your dining table, coffee table, even a wall-mounted shelf can be used as an alternative to a desk.
Relaxing on a cozy, cushy recliner at the end of a long, tiring day at work is the stuff that dreams are made of but hold up, can you even fit one in that tiny living room of yours?
A recliner is an expensive piece of furniture and it’s not nearly as functional as a traditional sofa. If you have kids, the children could end up scratching/damaging/staining the material or break the mechanisms of the recliner while playing, eating, etc.
Cleaning the recliner is hard and maintaining it can be expensive too. A recliner takes a lot of space, which won’t be an issue unless your living room is already cramped, to begin with. There are many alternatives to a recliner; most are space efficient and easier to clean.
An ottoman is more of a living room accent than an essential piece of furniture so this is something that you will not miss. Ottomans are generally small, they do not take up a lot of space but they do not serve many purposes either.
If you are struggling with the limited floor space as it is, you don’t need to add another piece to your living room arrangement. A couple of ottomans in a small living room wastes a lot of space. Again, if you need to put your feet up while hanging out in the living room, there are many alternatives to an ottoman.
No need for a curio cabinet to highlight your collection if you have many knickknacks to put on display. A separate cabinet for these items will only add up to the many things that you have to clean and organize every week. Cleaning the contents of the cabinet are taxing too. You are also likely to spend more money filling up the cabinet. There are better ways of putting your collection on display without sacrificing precious floor space in the living room.