Unless you’re in the kitchen, it’s not necessarily floorspace that’s important, especially in the living room where you spend most of your time sitting down not walking around. Here, it pays to think instead about how much useable seat space sofas and armchairs offer, choosing designs with slim arms and backs or more upright frames that mean the seat to footprint ratio is higher. Our Eva and Charlie designs are good examples, and might make better options than Olivia with its wide, sloping backrest or Lottie with its large arms.
The same goes for side, console and coffee tables. If having somewhere to rest cups of coffee, books, ornaments and lamps is more important in the room than manoeuvrability, then choose a square design with shelf space underneath, rather than a round pedestal. (Another good trick to make the most of tablespace is to opt for wall lights instead, or a floor lamp like Chetham that’ll tuck neatly under the sofa.)
In other rooms, it’s storage that’s the priority – something that’s especially true of bathrooms. Unless you have very little children, chances are that you’ll be the only person using the space at one time, but it’ll still have to accommodate the whole family’s paraphernalia. So while a pedestal or wall-hung sink might take up less floorspace, choosing a washstand with cupboards or shelves underneath instead will be a wiser investment.