Decorating a living room is an ambitious project. And having to work within the confines of a small space makes everything all the more challenging. Forget about splurging on that really cool Scandinavian-inspired sectional that can house you and 10 of your friends or a bookcase that takes up the entirety of one side of a room to house your ever-growing collection of must-reads. Small-space living is all about maximizing the square footage you have, and bulky items need not apply.

That said, compromising on the aesthetic integrity of your space is not an option worth resorting to. With that in mind, we handpicked a selection of design-forward living room furniture for small spaces that marries form and function with effortless ease. Read on for our favorite finds.  

Side Tables

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Brass Nesting Tables, Coming Soon, $1,200

Nesting tables are a small-space dweller’s dream. Scatter them around the living room when in need of extra surface space and neatly corral them together when not in use.

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Burvik Side Table, IKEA, $49.99

This versatile side table is all about mobility. A nifty handle and a lightweight design allow it to be moved about as you please.

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Cube C-Side Table, West Elm, $199

The streamlined build of this two-tone marble side table means you can sneak it into just about any nook in your living room.  

Media Units and Consoles

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Kabino Sideboard, Simon Legald for Normann Copenhagen, $935

Begone, unsightly cable wires. This Scandinavian-chic sideboard comes with built-in slots to keep cords and wires concealed.

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Tinted Glass Console Table, Anthropologie, $499.95

Saturated layers of color give this mid-century modern–inspired console a revamped feel. Sleek enough to fit in just about any living room, it’s an ideal alternative to bulkier media units.

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Form Acacia Wood Media Credenza, CB2, $599

With a built-in shelf earmarked for a record player, this vintage-style credenza was made for the entertainer.

Sofas

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Volu, Article, $599

Coming in at just under 70 inches, this plush sofa, with its deep cushions, is the ultimate statement piece for the tiny living room.

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Hanna Sofa, West Elm, $999

A round frame gives this low-slung sofa a streamlined look, further elevated by tapered wood legs and clean-cut cushions.

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Hannah Apartment Sofa, Cobble Hill, $1,812

This velvet loveseat, featuring a slim silhouette and brass legs, hardly needs any additional decorative accents. Plus, a pop of color is always welcome, especially in a small space.

Coffee Tables

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Turning Table, Theresa Arns for Menu, $504

Keep clutter at bay by stowing remotes, books, and random odds and ends inside the hidden compartment of this compact table.

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Jacques Grand Cocktail Table, Jonathan Adler, $2,995

While this two-tiered coffee table may allow for ample storage space, you won’t have to worry about it taking up too large a footprint thanks to the transparency of the acrylic.

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Join Coffee Table, Republic of Fritz Hansen for Fritz Hansen, $605

Both long and narrow, this understated coffee table can seamlessly fit into even the smallest of living rooms.

Shelves

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Vintage Room Screen, Super Marche Shop, $1,800

A room divider with built-in shelving is the sort of double-duty essential every small space deserves. This steam-bent unit is perfect for studio dwellers looking to separate their living area from their bedroom.

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Mara Corner Bookshelf, Urban Outfitters, $179

The best living room furniture for small spaces always makes the most of every available square inch. Cue the corner shelf—the ideal storage solution for that empty nook.

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Svalnäs Wall-Mounted Storage, IKEA, $276

Clear up floor space by designating your shelving to the walls. This mounted unit, comprising a desk and a bookshelf rolled into one, boasts a handy variety of storage options.