Design Tips for a Small Space Condo


Need proof that crown molding and modern furniture can be best friends? Take a tour through this small space condo. We paired its 1920s architecture with pieces reminiscent of classic style, but with modern design updates for today’s lifestyle. 1300 square feet has never looked so good.

19×15 living & dining room

We stayed true to the architecture of this Minneapolis condo by adding elements that don’t overwhelm the space. You’ll see furniture with clean, simple lines throughout this condo, with pops of color or shape in small doses.

Classic condo living room with Reese sofa and Otis swivel chairs
Reese sofa, Otis chairs, Tulum rug, Avilia rug, Portica coffee table, Tri-Plex floor lamp, Slim bookcase

Our Otis chair is a modern version of the classic tub chair, so it’s a perfect bridge between the traditional style of this condo and the updated furniture within it. Otis is petite enough to fit in small spaces but is packed with comfort and features smooth-moving swivels. Not to mention, Otis looks great in pairs.

Modern Otis swivel chairs in velvet fabric
Otis chairs

Swivel around in the Otis chair and you’ll get this view of the Grove office armoire in the corner of the room. A desk easily drops down when you need a work surface and hides clutter when you don’t.

Grove office armoire with drop-down desk and Marie leather arm chair
Grove office armoire, Marie arm chair, Tri-Plex floor lamp, Astor and Halifax candleholders

When you’re not using the in-home office, simply swap the Marie arm chair back over to the dining area. Three Marie chairs and the round Aria dining table easily tuck into this happy little corner. Enjoy your coffee and favorite magazine in that swoon-worthy morning light. (P.S. Aria’s quartz top is super durable. Use it for crafting, as an extra workspace or even to prepare food.)

Round Aria table with white quartz top and three Marie leather arm chairs
Aria table, Marie arm chairs, Banded Drum pendant, Profile frames

Pendants are also a smart solution for small spaces because you get beautiful light output without having to worry about taking up square footage. When hanging a pendant, leave 28″-34″ between the tabletop and bottom of the pendant for a clear view (and to avoid staring directly into a bright bulb).

15×14 room

The blueprint might have said “bedroom” but we saw this as “nap room.” This 15×14 room naturally lent itself to a lounge/TV area and features a sink-in leather sofa and 100% wool rug, giving it a more casual feel than the formal living and eating area.

Braden leather sofa in a TV and lounge room with Tibetan sheepskin pillow
Braden sofa, Oskar chair, Tyne end table, Chronicle floor lamp, Avani rug, Herringbone pendant, Juni Van Dyke limited edition print

We topped off the Braden sofa with a super soft Tibetan sheepskin throw pillow and Mohair throw pillow.

Close-up of Tibetan sheepskin throw pillow and Mohair throw pillow
Tibetan sheepskin pillow, Mohair pillow

13×9 bedroom

Maximize comfort in a smaller bedroom. Our Hartley bed offers read-in-bed plushness that makes this bedroom feel just as luxurious as a hotel suite. Speaking of hotels, don’t you love the look of the bedding? You can never go wrong with white sheets and a duvet. It will always look and feel fresh.

Without space for an end-of-bed bench or bedside floor lamp, we opted for smaller scale options. The Karr stool‘s scissor base design keeps this bedroom feeling open but it’s topped with a high-quality leather seat that’s just as durable as a lengthy wood bench.

Hartley upholstered bed with all white bedding, Brazo floor lamp and Karr leather stool
Hartley bed, Delano nightstand, Karr stool, Alexa table lampZander throw blanket, John Robshaw limited edition print

When there’s no place left to go, go up! The five-drawer Delano dresser is tucked right against the wall and gives you all the storage of a large-scale dresser in a space-friendly design. And a mirror will always make any size space feel larger.

Five-drawer Delano dresser with round Infinity mirror above it
Delano five-drawer dresser, Infinity mirror, Sivas rug

Take advantage of Room & Board’s free design services in a store, over the phone or online. Our Design Associates are small space whisperers.

Photos by Room & Board

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