The American Millennial has grown up. Now in their 30s, they are more established in their careers and interested in purchasing real estate and quality home furnishings. 

In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors, 35% of all home purchases last year were made by Millennials, making them the largest share of home buyers in the country. 

While some Millennials are looking for ‘starter homes’ in the suburbs, many young professionals live and work in large cities and urban areas where real estate downtown is available at a premium, often at the sacrifice of square footage.  

Regardless of whether they are buying or renting, one thing is for sure: while urban dwelling Millennials may not be going big on square footage, they are still going big on style. 

According to research by Furniture Today, 77% of Millennials have redecorated their home in the past two years — more than any other age group.

Here’s a look at what’s taking shape in urban Millennial abodes, and how those looking to redecorate can make big on small space design:

Design App-titude

Millennials are often seen at the forefront of the latest social media and style trends, often becoming the trendsetters themselves. Through image-based mobile applications like Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram, they are liking, sharing and purchasing furniture that fits a modern, sleek, and minimalist-style of design.

Sizing Things Down

Because space is limited, Millennials are looking to maximize every available square foot. Intelligently engineered furniture - brimming with innovative features, without sacrificing style, and that occupies a smaller footprint - is a good bet. 

Nest is Best

Table groupings that can be easily rearranged and reconfigured according to available space, style, and need, and then pushed back into a nesting position when not in use are a great space-saving measure.   

Home-tainment Essentials 

According to a survey from the wine app Vivino, 47% of Millennials say they would rather drink and entertain at home than at a social gathering, bar, or winery. Mobile bar carts are a great way to supply and follow the party wherever it may lead, yet can be neatly tucked away when more space is needed. 

Double Duty

When space is at a premium, furniture that can play multiple roles is a big plus in urban dwellings. Millennials have embraced the notion that a table isn’t just a table, it’s also an eating surface, a workstation, and an entertainment staging area. Furniture that can function as both a bill-paying station and a bar surface is a must-have. 

Modular Arrangements

Modular systems are a great way to create unique solutions for storage, office, and media for any space requirements or limitations. From creating a dividing wall in a downtown loft to a custom design that fits your needs perfectly, modular systems are only as limited as your imagination.  

Let us know how you are furnishing your small spaces in the comments below.