Here’s Where Interior Designers Shop for Small Spaces

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WORDS BY Gillian Grefe

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Published on June 30, 2020

There are no absolutes or rules on purchasing furniture for smaller spaces. Many retailers have some pieces within their collection that would work well in a more diminutive space, whether foundation furniture or accents. Not to mention, some small homes might benefit from a larger piece of functional furniture—think a sideboard that maximizes storage while creating statement impact along a wall, or a deep, cozy sectional that serves as both a visual and literal resting place.

But if you’re looking to narrow down the hunt and focus on vendors where you can confidently score furniture for your small space, here’s our go-to sourcing list.

A sibling of Crate & Barrel, CB2 caters towards the modern luxe home with on-trend, eye-catching pieces. Their diverse assortment includes a lot of options that would shine in a smaller space, including settees, wall mount shelves, standing wardrobe cabinets, small pedestal tables, and unique, small-framed chairs. You can bet on finding plenty of solutions for small-space style.

Get ahead of the curve by shopping Roam Common. This brand is curated by Havenly designers to capture that free-spirited style all us A Types desperately strive for, so you know it has to be good. And it’s not just our interior designers who are loving boho. The effortless vibe and bold yet organic nature of bohemian design are perennially popular, in fact 20 percent of our clients fall into this category. So if you’re looking for organic textures, globally-inspired patterns, and thoughtful pops of vibrant color to create a collected, ever cool aesthetic—Roam Common is for you. 

If you’re craving mid-century vibes in your small space, West Elm is your jam. You’ll find a variety of options throughout their line to cater to small spaces, covering all the key home categories like furniture, rugs, lighting, and decor. In particular, we find West Elm is a great resource for small-scale dining tables and chairs. They also have a trained design team to give you a little more expert guidance in store (we’re all about the benefit of professional design help at Havenly). And since we’re mainly shopping from home these days, we love that they have a dedicated section on their site for small-space solutions.

Modern Man's Living Room

Similar to the above retailers, Pottery Barn offers a range of small-scale pieces in every home area, specializing in a more classic and timeless look. On small space projects, we frequently find ourselves turning to Pottery Barn for coffee and side tables, pillows, lighting, and even dressers and sideboards. For online inspiration, they’ve curated countless small-space designs for you to discover pieces and shop directly.

We love the ability to put a personal touch on your pieces, and Interior Define allows you to do just that by specializing in customizable furniture at an affordable price. In particular, they are on our shortlist for sofas and accent chairs with a wide variety of styles from traditional to modern, fabrics (including kid and pet friendly), and sizes. While there are a number of smaller dimensions available, the most compelling benefit of Interior Define is that you can work directly with a consultant to tailor the measurements to fit your space.

Navy blue paint trim

Even though you have a small space, it doesn’t mean it can’t tell a story of global adventure. For the well-traveled home that puts a greater priority on visiting foreign countries than it does on residential square feet, The Citizenry is your home decor best friend. Working with artisans from all over the world, The Citizenry offers furniture that’s both masterfully crafted and smaller framed, as well as inspiring pillows and rugs. This is one of those options you invest in for high quality and design, while editing back the extra stuff. For example, incorporate one of their statement rugs for a big impact alongside more minimalist and economic coffee table and accent chairs.

White Scandinavian Bedroom

Not sure which small-space style best suits you? Get started with our interior design style quiz.

Words by Heather Goerzen