What to do with a Small Living Room

Having a small living room can be such a drag, and if it’s arranged improperly it can be even worse. Smaller living rooms are a common problem, particularly among older homes. The good news is the right layout and arrangement of furniture can make a world of difference. Here’s a few helpful tips and tricks.

 Calligaris Mascotte Table 

Calligaris Mascotte Table 


  1. Don’t overdo it- Unless you plan on tearing down walls, your small room will always be a small room. So please don’t try to make your 150 square foot living room into a grand ballroom. Having the right expectations will help you embrace the room’s strengths instead of fighting its weaknesses. 
  2. Stretch the eye- Using a tall floor lamp can draw the eye up and a longer stretched canvas on the wall can spread the eye horizontally. Playing clever little tricks on the eyes distracts from the actual size of the room and focuses the attention on the lovely pieces you’ve selected. 
  3. Furniture big and small- Picking the right sized furniture can be one of the hardest parts. You want furniture that fits, but you also don’t want teeny-tiny furniture no one can enjoy. Use the measuring tape before you buy and don’t be afraid to try multiple arrangements. 
  4. Pull the couch off the wall- One great way to create extra space for storage and to display your favorite nicknacks is to pull the couch off the wall a bit. This lets you sandwich a console table between the couch and the wall. 
  5. Double agent- In small spaces you’ll want everything to wear more than one hat. An ottoman can double as a coffee table and a TV console might moonlight as a wine cabinet. Versatile pieces like this can be hard to come by, which is why FIFTEENTH AND HOME is chock-full of great pieces that play the double agent role. Stop by the shop to find perfect pieces for any sized room.