The Best Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

The Best Indoor Plants for Small Spaces

Most people have a love-hate relationship with indoor plants. On the one hand, they look good and help clean the air. On the other hand, they can be challenging to take care of or just plain die. Luckily, some plants are straightforward to keep alive in small spaces. And the best part is that you can buy them at your local garden center. Here’s our list of the best indoor plants for small spaces.


Pothos is a versatile, easy-to-grow plant that you can use in many ways. It’s one of the most popular houseplants because it requires little maintenance and can thrive in low light. Pothos also doesn’t mind being pruned to keep it small, making it perfect for small spaces or hanging baskets. 

It’s best to use pothos as a ground cover or hanging plant because they don’t have any significant water requirements; however, if you’d like your pothos to grow taller than about 12 inches (30 cm), then you should use an artificial hydroponic system such as this one from Growers Choice Hydroponics ($19).


Dracaena is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asparagaceae, subfamily Nolinoideae. The name dracaena (Greek: “dragon”) was given to these plants because their stiff, erect stems reminded ancient people of dragons’ tails. Dracaenas are sometimes called “corn tassels” or just “corn plants,” but they’re not related to corn at all – they’re more closely related to lilies.

a succulent plant in a teal-colored pot
Many small indoor plants for small spaces don’t require a lot of sunlight.


Snake Plant

Snake plants are the way to go if you’re looking for an indoor plant that’s easy to care for and relatively low maintenance. These hardy plants can survive in indirect sunlight and less-than-ideal conditions, making them perfect for places like small apartments or offices where you don’t have much control over the lighting. All you need to do for this plant is choose the right pot and find a good place for it in your home.

They’re also great at removing formaldehyde from the air (which is good if you spend a lot of time around furniture made with pressed wood). They also remove xylene and toluene- chemicals commonly found in paints, lacquers, varnishes, and nail polish removers–so they’ll help keep your home smelling fresh!
Finally, snake plants absorb benzene from household sources like gas stoves or cleaning products used around the house.

a snake plant
Snake plant is easy to care for and relatively low maintenance.

Spider Plant

A spider plant is a low-maintenance houseplant that can thrive in low light and even survive without direct sunlight. It’s also easy to propagate, making it ideal for small spaces. If you’re looking for a hanging plant or terrarium decoration, spider plants are great options because they have long stems that can be tied up or hung anywhere.

If you don’t have much room on the ground but still want to grow something indoors, consider using a hanging basket instead of placing your plant directly on the floor–you’ll free up space while still enjoying its beauty!

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a great plant to have in your home. It’s easy to care for, and it has many benefits. First, aloe vera is known for its healing properties when applied topically, but you can also use it internally. The gel found inside the leaves of this plant is used to soothe digestive issues and other minor ailments, like heartburn or indigestion. Also, if you’ve ever cut yourself shaving or waxing and then applied aloe vera juice directly onto your skin, you know how quickly it heals cuts and burns!


ZZ Plant

ZZ plant is a succulent that can grow up to 6 feet tall but is usually smaller. The ZZ plant is also known as the zamioculcas zamiifolia or “ZZ” for short. This plant is easy to propagate and can survive in low light conditions, making it ideal for small spaces.


These are an excellent choice as indoor plants for small spaces, especially if you want something easy to care for. Succulents are drought-tolerant and generally require little watering. They are also resilient in low-light conditions, perfect for small spaces or offices without windows.

This small plant will be the best option if you have just moved into a small living space. One of the ways to adapt to smaller surroundings is to understand which items have a purpose in your home. However, it’s also essential to know which things you won’t be using anymore. That is why decluttering before (or after) the move is always a great idea.

a succulent plant in a pot
Succulent plants are a great choice for small spaces.


Bromeliads are a fantastic choice as indoor plants for small spaces, and they’re perfect if you have a small space to work with or limited access to sunlight. These tropical beauties can be found in various colors, shapes, and sizes and are easy to maintain!

Bromeliads are also lovely additions to your home decor. They make excellent table plants because their flowers often last for months (depending on the species). They also add visual interest even when not in bloom by producing colorful bracts that look like little pineapples growing out of their leaves during certain seasons.

There are many good indoor plants for small spaces, but these are some of the best.

Not all plants are suitable for small spaces. So, while it’s important to have plants at home, knowing what you’re getting into is good before you commit. Here are some things to keep in mind when shopping for indoor plants:

  • Some plants can grow very large. While this might be ideal if you have a lot of space or want something that fills up an empty corner of your home, it might not work out as well if your goal is just to have something nice-looking on your coffee table or desk.
  • Some plants need lots of sunlight throughout the day (and year). If there isn’t enough natural light coming into your home during certain times of day or seasons, these plants may struggle and eventually die off.
  • Other types require less light but regular watering, or they’ll wilt away quickly. The same goes for fertilizer. Some varieties need regular doses, while others do fine without special treatment.


I hope this list has helped you find inspiration and ideas for your indoor plants for small spaces. The best plants, in my opinion, can thrive in low-light conditions and don’t need much water or attention. They can also be gorgeous, so I suggest trying one of these options f you’re looking for something with more color than green leaves!

Author’s bio:
Contributing author Melanie Lopez works as a writer and agent for NYC Mini Storage. Her specialty is blogging about travel and lifestyle and always learning more about family life and design.

Photo Credits:
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A succulent plant in a teal-colored pot.
Snake Plant
Dark green succulent plant.

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