April 18, 2024

Entertaining in a small apartment is always something of a logistical and styling challenge. Even the most well-behaved guests bring with them coats, bags, empty glasses and other paraphernalia – and without a thoughtfully planned layout, people start to congregate in the very places you don’t want them (like the kitchen while you’re making last-minute food preparations – sound familiar?).

Happily, though, there are plenty of ways to maximize efficiency, squeeze in extra room and make hosting in even the smallest of apartments a dream – and we’ve spoken to interior designers to find out the clever tricks they use the most. So whether you’re looking for layout tweaks for a small living room or ideas for decorating without adding to all the clutter, read on to make your next get-together a breeze.

1. Declutter before your guests arrive

Living-dining room with neutral walls, L-shaped sofa, armchair and coffee table on top of rug, and round dining table in foreground

(Image credit: Seth Caplan. Design by DATE Interiors. Styling by Mariana Marcki Matos)

Before everyone arrives, declutter the rooms your guests will be in – it’ll help make room for drinks, make cramped spaces feel more open, and avoid overwhelming guests with ‘stuff’. But be careful not to go too far the other way: you still want a bit of character, so a few well-placed trinkets, like in this living-dining space by New York’s DATE Interiors, are still welcome.

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