Have you ever looked around your living room and wondered whether or not you might use your creative skills to improve your space a little? We’ve been doing that a lot lately because we recently moved into a new little apartment the living room is quite small indeed. That’s why we always have our eyes peeled for DIY projects and creative solutions that might help us make better, more organized use of the space that we do have!
Are you feeling just as interested as we are, if not more, in the idea of creating some DIY pieces that suit small living rooms very well? Check out this list of 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. DIY murphy desk
Are you the kind of person who frequently works from home or has a hobby that requires a flat surface of some kind, like drawing or sewing, but your home is small enough that you don’t really have the space to spare for a permanent desk? In that case, we think you might get a real kick out of the way Shanty 2 Chic made their own “murphy desk” that folds down when you need it and then collapses away into a wall mounted shelf when you need the space for something else. They even show you how to build a few shelves right into the base so you have somewhere to put the supplies you need for whatever you do on your desk.
2. DIY hanging wooden side table
Perhaps you’re in need of a side table near your couch for putting a plant, your book, or your morning coffee on, but you don’t really have the floor space to spare for a wide wooden table to continually stand, just like we mentioned with the desk earlier? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Merry Thought made this hanging wooden side table that appears to float next to your furniture. It’s particularly nice for rooms that have a rustic atmosphere to them! We know this particular table is pictured next to as bad, but we think the concept would work just as well in a living room.
3. Floating glass plant shelves in windows
Did we catch your attention with our brief mention of making yourself a space to put plants on in order to brighten up your space a little bit but you don’t have any spare spots for a side table of any kind? Then perhaps the answer is to get really creative with the spaces you do have! We’re in love with the way Design Sponge used lengths of glass to created floating shelves in the vertical recessed space of their window and set plants all over them in the sun.
4. DIY tall, thin sofa table
Are you still thinking about how you would love another table surface to put some decor and necessities on but you’d prefer it to be within reach of your couch and you just don’t have the space on either end without putting a table right in the way of movement space? In that case, we have a feeling you might get along a little better with the way Jenna Sue Design hand made this wooden sofa table that’s long and thin enough to sit right behind your couch in the space between that and the wall.