Why the Lucite Chair Is a Game-Changer for Small Spaces

(Image credit: Kate Marker Interioris)

When you live in a small apartment, there’s a good deal of wizardry that has to take place. You have to learn how to fit your extensive wardrobe (and shoe collection) into a tiny closet; make all of your specialty pantry supplies (five kinds of flour, really?) find a home in your cupboard; and then make your space feel as open and welcoming as possible.

That’s why I’m such a fan of the visual trickery that is the lucite chair. You’ve probably seen them in all those high-end design magazines and sites. Think: the Louis Ghost Chair, which can get very pricey, very quickly, although there are more affordable options out there if you do a little digging. But before you start on that bargain hunt, take a look at these eight examples of how they can make your small space look and feel more expansive.

  • Light and Bright Dining Area – Kate Marker Interiors: When your dining area blends right into your living area and kitchen, like in a studio, this light and bright space shows how clean and open this clear seating can make the space feel.
  • Side Chairs – Apartment Therapy: Make the chairs on the long sides of your table disappear so you can focus on larger and more decorative seats at the head of the table.
  • Colorful Upgrade – Oh Joy: Even with the addition of some color and pattern, these chairs still feel lighter and brighter than a solid chair would.
  • Dining Nook – Refinery 29: Not only does this small dining nook in a D.C. apartment have chairs that vanish before your very eyes, but the owner also added a mirror to make the space seem more expansive than it really is.
  • Gilded Frame – Glitter Guide: Would you believe these lucite and metal chairs are actually from IKEA? To give them a more polished look, all it took was a can of gold spray paint.
  • Living/Dining Combo – Lonny: When your living room and dining room are one, it’s important to prevent it from feeling too cluttered. A clear chair has little visual weight so you can go ahead and go with a more solid dining table or a heavier, overstuffed couch.
  • Don’t Block the Light – Apartment Therapy: When your dining room gets the most light, you want to capitalize on that and not block it from filtering through to the rest of the space. The glass table in this room helps, too.
  • No Competition – Better Homes & Gardens: These chairs and round glass table let the true star of the dining room shine — that wonderfully colorful painting.