Ideas for Small Loft Spaces

Updated July 19, 2017

With a few simple tricks, a tiny loft space can be transformed to feel like a large majestic home. If you have expansive views from your loft, position your furniture around this focal point. Use only pieces you love and remove the rest so the loft is not overwhelmed. Keep clutter down to a minimum, which includes freeing up space on the floor. Add a decorative rug to define a space like the dining room but without the clutter.

Movable Furniture

Floor space in a small loft is cherished, and the last thing you want to do is clutter the space. Instead of using a coffee table, which takes up a lot of space, get small ottomans that can be pulled out when guests are over and stored away when not in use. Replacing bulky furniture like coffee tables with movable ottomans creates the feel of a larger loft and frees up floor space.

Folding chairs, another easy way to bring in seating to your space, can be folded and stored in a closet when not in use. Folding chairs come in a wide range of bright colours, so design does not have to be sacrificed. Think about buying ones that are also weather resistant so you can easily use them on an outdoor patio or balcony.

Light Paint

Light beige and white colours open up small spaces and create the feeling of a larger home. Paint a small loft space a light colour in order to create the illusion of a bigger space. For a seamless design, carry the paint up to the ceiling by painting it the same colour as the walls. For a splash of colour, paint one small wall in the loft. Painting one wall helps to define a particular space without making the room feel boxed in.

Murphy Bed

Beds take up a lot of needed space despite their necessity. When you have a small loft, don't eat up the space with a piece of furniture that is only in use at night, use a murphy bed. Murphy beds, a type of folding bed, pivot up on hinges into a closet or bookcase. Hidden within a functional bookcase, floor space is freed up. For extra guests, use a blow-up air bed that can easily be stored away when not in use.


Reflecting light into the space creates the illusions of a bigger loft. Hang large mirrors across from the windows to reflect light off the mirror and into the small space. Mirrors also use lamp light and can increase the brightness of your loft when hung directly above a table or floor lamp. Hang multiple mirrors for a focal point to your room and to give more depth to the loft space.

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Callie Barber has been writing professionally since 2002. Barber's love for design and writing inspired her to create Design Your Revolution, a blog that shares creative and affordable ways to decorate indoor and outdoor living environments. Her articles have appeared on and Barber holds a Bachelors of Arts in international studies from the University of North Carolina.