Selling Houses Australia

Shaynna's tips for styling small, multi-purpose spaces

This series we tackled a renovation on a houseboat, which required a lot of creative planning around furniture.

When you have limited space, it's essential to make everything you own work for you. There's no point having a bunch of items in your home that look great but serve no purpose, so when you're styling you've got to make smart choices around furniture.

Your space needs to be multi-functional. If you have the money, bespoke cabinetry can make all the difference, as it may double as a dining table, or you can tailor a custom wall unit to be built into your tiny area.

However, if your budget won't stretch that far, there are still smart solutions and products that can save you lots of space:


When looking to buy furniture, storage should be at the top of your list. A coffee table or side table with a middle shelf or bottom shelf is great for storing extra items without cluttering the top or have items with drawers to hide away any unwanted items from plain view.

A kitchen bench can be used as an eating space or a workspace in small areas, while a cupboard in your dining area could swing down or out to provide a small dining table for two.


Similar to an ottoman, some bed bases and frames have built-in storage drawers. Handy for sheets and quilts, as well as any other items you need to keep in the bedroom will take the load from valuable cupboard space. Some mattresses will lift completely, giving you a huge space under the bed to keep your things.



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If you really do have a tiny area such as a studio apartment or houseboat, why not look into a bed that folds into the walls? This will require some creative engineering and budget, but this solution lets you fold your bed away, and utilising the space where it lies when it's not in use. Genius.


These look great in a living area or bedroom and can double as much-needed seating, but ottomans with hidden storage will also help you to hide linen, books and items you aren't using at the time. There's really no limit to what you can store in an ottoman, and it's easily retrievable should you need it at a pinch.


Most people think you need cupboards to be deep, but even if it is a 250 or 300mm space, you should take it. As I've mentioned before, bespoke cabinetry built to your exact specs can really help you to get the most out of your area, but flat pack items can also work just as well. 

When choosing furniture and cupboards, consider items that are light in colour, to give the illusion of space and light.

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