Golden Rules to a Functional Living Room on a Budget

Getting a living room’s look just right, and getting that look to work for you, can be tough. Especially if your space is small. And ultra-especially if you’re on a budget.

But don’t stress. Achieving a gorgeous small-space living room on a budget is doable. You just have to work it a little bit.

Psst… before you start, keep your budget in mind from the get-go. Don’t go browsing Pinterest and fall in love with some million dollar makeover. Sort by “prices low to high” to avoid even seeing things you can’t afford when you’re shopping online. And don’t let some pushy salesperson convince you that a budget isn’t important. It is.

Follow these 5 Golden Rules to a Functional Living Room on a Budget:


1. Buy mirrors in bulk.

Mirrors are great for aesthetics, starring in a wallscape – and opening up small spaces. All those reflections can make even the smallest room live large. And don’t be afraid to feature more than one at a time.

2. Wallspace, wallspace, wallspace.

Don’t get me wrong. I love a free-standing couch or bar cabinet, especially if it’s used to create boundaries. But when you don’t have a lot of square footage to work with, ya gotta utilize your walls. For everything.

3. Stackables & detachables are your friend.

Anytime you can take a piece and split it, stack it, bend it like Beckham – it will help with your small space woes. Two for one table sets, like the Baldrick make it super easy. Go for a stackable shelf that hosts a party, or splits into tables, like the Ottico.

4. Repurpose with purpose.

Use your end table as a bar, or dining table as a desk. Add an ottoman with storage galore. Make your space work for you. Pick pieces that inspire you, and turn them into what you need.

5. Have FUN!

Remember, this is about enjoying your space, not rocket science. It shouldn’t be stressful, it should be fun. That doesn’t mean it’ll be easy, but use your imagination to get you where you want to be.

You may have noticed I kept budget-speak to a minimum. And it’s not just because budget talk can be boring. If you follow the golden rules, following your budget comes naturally. Really? Yes. Who knew?



The bottom line is that designing your living space can be fun and functional on a budget – just focus on you.


Furniture in this post: Antock End Table | Baldrick Cocktail/End Table Set | Baldrick Console Table | Blence Barstools in White | Chaz Bar Cabinet | Conbie Barstools in Black | Danby Bistro Table | Daws Mirrors in Black, Cool Gray, Navy, Red-Orange, and White | Driness Drop-Leaf Table | Lydock Console Table in Burnt Oak w/ White | Ottico 3pc Accent Table Set | Plushen Loveseat | Plushen Ottoman | Purban 2pc Slipper Chairs in Cool Gray | Sawa Leaning Mirror | Supra Loveseat – coming soon! Toco Accent table – coming soon! |

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