Ideas how to make the most out of small living spaces

Hello everyone! In this article, I would like once again to return to the question of how to make the most out of small living spaces. I have already written on this subject, for example, in this and in this article. Today I want to share with you pictures of really tiny apartments that owners and designers have transformed into a spacious house with everything you need for a comfortable life. So, what are the techniques used by designers when working on a layout of a very small apartment?

Second floor in small apartments

It truly is a very effective technique for rooms with high enough ceilings. In fact, the size of the apartment can grow in half — on the second floor you may usually place a spacious bed.

The size of this apartment is just 29 square meters, but it has a kitchen with dining area, a living room with working place, a double bed and a spacious cupboard under the stairs.

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Note the narrow layout of this tiny appartment. Every inch is used wisely — every step hides a drawer, built-in closets occupy the entire height of the room and the white walls allow them to visually merge with the wall.

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If your ceilings are not high enough to design a second floor, notice the bunk beds (a good option for small child). The company IKEA, with their focus on design small apartments releases such models with work space on the lower floor.

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Folding bed

A folding bed is an ingenious solution to make the most out of small living spaces. In the daytime it is folded, merging with the wall or cupboard, and at night it turns into a full one and a half or double space bed.

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In this apartment a transformer bed is hidden behind sliding doors:

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Functional podium

Another way to make wise use of every inch is using functional podiums. This podium has built in roomy drawers, successfully coping with the problem of storage in a small apartment.

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And in this apartment the podium holds a double bed inside.

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Tetran company, inspired by the Lego designers, creates a unique multifunctional modular furniture. This small apartment hardly has problems with storing things.

This small apartment hardly has problems with storing things

If you have no desire or ability to build a podium, you can still use the space under the bed: choose a bed with roomy drawers for linens and seasonal items.

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Well thought planning to make the most out of small living spaces

Planning is a key element to make the most out of small living spaces. As I wrote in the article about Studio apartment, it is very important that in a small apartment to organize living area separate from the bedroom.

The size of this apartment, designed by designer Kira Chuveleva is just 36 square meters. However, there is a public living area and private sleeping area hidden in a niche.

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The same can be said about this tiny Studio:

The same can be said about this tiny Studio:

If possible, the bedroom area should be separated from public areas by a sliding door, curtain, partition. You can read about it in the article about the division of the room into zones.

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If you are the owner of a small apartment, I hope these examples will inspire you to make the most out of small living spaces, create functional and comfortable living space, despite the lack of square meters. Stay tuned — subscribe to blog updates!