How To Manage Large Furniture When Moving Into A Smaller Home

Last updated on May 5th, 2024 at 09:23 pm

When you buy your first property, it is unlikely that you will spend the rest of your life there – and you will probably end up moving at some point, whether that’s to a new area, or to a home that is more suited to your needs. And with this comes moving your furniture. Your furniture plays a huge part in creating your aesthetic, so if you’ve taken the time to design a look you love, you’re going to want to take this with you to your new property. You’ll need to consider how you’re going to make it work with the space you have, especially if you’re moving into a smaller home. Read on for a few tips on how to make your favourite features fit.

Thankfully, you don’t have to compromise on high-qualityheating – you can choose a radiator to suit your style, and the size of space you’re working with. 

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How To Manage Large Furniture When Moving Into A Smaller Home:

Add large mirrors 

It’s no surprise to many of us that adding large mirrors to rooms creates the illusion of larger space. This is because a mirror bounces around natural light, which opens a small space to make it look bigger than it is. If you have a small property, and your furniture is oversized, it might be best to start by adding mirrors to the rooms in which the furniture will be going. If you’re adding a large sofa, a wall filled with mirrors may work well so that it does not make the room seemcramped. You can also do this with dining rooms, especially if you are placing a large dining table in a smaller space. The mirror gives the illusion that the reflection is transparent, so it works well when it comes to creating a balance with large furniture. 

Vertical space 

If the furniture that you’re moving to your new home is large, but tall – like a wardrobe, you will be able to work this into a smaller space by following a simple rule. If your furniture towers and has a shallow footprint (which means it does not take up much floor space), your beloved oversized piece of furniture will still look effective, without it looking too encroaching or over the top. 

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Keep it simple 

If you have a large piece of furniture that is functional, for example, an ottoman bed that lifts, allowing you to store clothes, pillows, cushions, or anything you can think of underneath, you can make it work in a small bedroom as you won’t need additional storage that will take up more space. If you have a large, oversized chest of drawers, the same premises works – you won’t need additional storage so therefore, you can keep your oversized furniture. The key is to not overfill a room with large pieces, as this can become too cramped, difficult to move, and it’s just not functional. But by keeping it simple and choosing only a few pieces that make your life easier, even if your space is small, you can make it work. 


Generally, furniture with curved edges works best when it comes to slotting into a smaller home. For example, a dining table that is round looks less imposing in a smaller space that a table that has straight edges and corners. Round tables take up less space and give you a bit of wiggle room around the edges so you can still move around the room easily. Of course, if you already have a large rectangular table, you won’t be able to create curves, but you can implement a mirror as we mentioned earlier to give the illusion of more space.  


Unfortunately, if you’re moving your furniture to a smaller home, you may have to come to terms with the fact it just won’t fit. Luckily, there are smaller alternatives to most of your favourite features. For example, if you love corner sofas, but your current product is just too large to look good in your new house, there are smaller sofas in the same design that you can choose from. You can still create the look you want, without having to sacrifice essential floor space in your home by making a few small changes.


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