Ahhh, San Francisco. The city of supersized rents and increasingly smaller apartments. But no more meals on your couch. You can fit a table in your rent-controlled studio. We rounded up seven space-saving tips that will basically make you feel like you’re living in the roomy suburbs.

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TRY A CIRCULAR DINING TABLE

Ninety-degree angles are so square. Not only do round tables create a visual illusion of more space, but they’re also way more convenient when entertaining guests. (Read: No awkward table legs to worry about when adding extra seats.)

CB2 ($199)

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Restoration Hardware

MAKE HEIGHT WORK FOR YOU

One of the biggest misconceptions in decorating is that large furniture will dwarf a small space. If you have high ceilings (which many old Victorians do), a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf will make the room’s scale feel grander and provide lots of storage space for novels and knickknacks.

Restoration Hardware (starting at $1,645)

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Pottery Barn

CHOOSE A COFFEE TABLE WITH STORAGE SPACE

Pick furniture pieces that do double duty whenever possible. A coffee table with drawers and shelves saves the day. Flat surface for wine glasses: check. Drawers for coasters, bills and magazines: check, check.

Pottery Barn ($999)

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Room & Board

TRY A CONVERTIBLE COUCH

OK, so you don’t have an extra bedroom, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have people stay over. Invest in a stylish sleeper sofa (not an oxymoron) and turn your living room into chic guest quarters. The back of this couch folds down to become a queen-sized bed. Just add sheets.

Room & Board ($999)

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Urban Outfitters

INSTALL BEDSIDE SCONCES

Wall-mounted lights free up nightstands for books and electronics. While hardwired sconces are a job for an electrician, many attractive plug-in models are available. 

Urban Outfitters ($79)

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West Elm

USE WALL SPACE WISELY IN THE BATHROOM

Instead of a bulky storage cabinet over the toilet, why not hang some decorative shelves instead? Make your walls work for you!

West Elm ($70)

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Wayfair

USE MIRRORS TO CREATE THE ILLUSION OF SPACE

A mirror is a small-space must-have. The reflective surface helps make any room look bigger. But don’t feel limited to the wall variety. Look for consoles or nightstands with mirrored surfaces or wall units with mirrored doors.

Wayfair ($290)

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