Designing and optimizing small, round spaces, like yurts, offers a rewarding challenge that can lead to a living environment that is uniquely yours. Yurts are available in a range of sizes from 12’ (a cozy 115 square feet) to 30’ (a more spacious 706 square feet). While larger yurts can maximize functionality with the space for a kitchen, bathroom, or loft, you’ll still need to consider how to work around internal walls or arrange your floor plan to suit your needs while still having it feel comfortable and spacious.

Embracing the Charm of Yurts: Decorating for Small Spaces

Many people prefer smaller yurts for their cozy, efficient, and charming nature. Enhance your yurt’s comfort and functionality by using space-saving storage and purposefully picked decorations and colors. These choices maximize your space and create a more open, inviting environment while keeping everything neat and organized. We’ve compiled four of our best tips for maximizing and showing off the comfort and functionality of your Pacific Yurt.

1. Select Furniture That Does Double Duty

Small loveseat up against a partition wall inside of a yurt.

    Opting for multifunctional furniture is key to making the most out of your floor plan. You may have already considered adding a futon or a bunk bed, but there are several other multipurpose furniture pieces that can save you space. Transforming coffee tables can add a much-needed dining surface to a small space, with options that can lift up and fold out to seat six people. If you’ve chosen to put walls in your yurt, you can mount a wall desk, which folds into a desktop by releasing a simple latch and the supporting end piece. This adds functionality while maintaining open space when not in use. Other table options include drop-leaf kitchen tables, which can tuck away; storage ottomans for hiding blankets or games; compact chairs that can fold; and nesting tables. If you’re okay with skipping a coffee table, replacing it with a pouf is a great option to add extra seating in the living area.

    2. Choose Strategic Colors and Materials

    A yurt living room with a rocking chair and leather couch surrounding a gas fireplace.

    Colors and materials play a significant role in how spacious your yurt feels. If you want to emphasize the cozy vibes in your yurt, decorate with dark, warm colors; for a light and airy feel, choose light, cool colors. Solid upholstery tends to work better for small spaces than busy patterns as it can help show off the natural space within the yurt.

    You can add more lamps and lighting elements, incorporate transparent materials like glass and lucite, or decorate with reflective surfaces like mirrors. Round furniture such as curved couches and round tables complement the yurt’s natural shape, creating a sense of fluidity and openness.

    3. Improve Your Organization Game

    L-shaped kitchen with wall cabinets and cabinets below the countertop.

    Decreasing clutter is an easy way to show off your space. Choosing closed storage over open shelving when possible is the easiest way to do this. Investing in storage containers like bins and baskets can help you organize and consolidate valuable square footage. If you have a kitchen in your yurt, incorporating pullout cabinets or an island on wheels can help keep your space organized.

    4. Use Your Outdoor Space

    One of the advantages of smaller yurts is their ability to blend in with nature. By maximizing your and your guests’ outdoor time with outdoor furniture, you’ll extend your living space while enhancing your experience. A wrap-around deck looks great aesthetically while providing easy access to your yurt’s windows. Some yurt owners in warm or tropical settings even place their shower and kitchen on the deck, to minimize interior moisture and maximize space. Beyond the deck, you can extend the living space with a pergola or an outdoor dining area with a dining or picnic table, a grill, or even a fire pit.

    Yurt with a wooden wrap around porch and a picnic table on a stone patio.

    The Best Way to Visualize Your Yurt

    From the exterior design to the interior furniture choices, yurts are endlessly customizable. Whether you envision rustic simplicity or modern elegance, the possibilities are as endless as your imagination. If you’re interested in taking the next steps toward building your yurt, get started by talking with our yurt experts. They’ll guide you through the process, from conceptualization to design, ensuring your yurt reflects your vision and meets your needs. Embrace the benefits of small yurts, and create a cozy, efficient, and charming space that you’ll love to call your own.

    Talk with our team and let’s turn your yurt dreams into reality together!