It could be difficult to fit all you need in a small house or apartment. It’s considerably harder to try to accommodate everything and make it seem decent, but that’s what makes designing for tiny spaces so much fun: It is ultimately much more enjoyable when you come up with ingenious answers to such challenges. For your benefit, we’ve got a tonne of tiny space hacks in the bag, including hanging beds, secret storage, optical illusions, and more. Whether you live in a studio apartment or want to maximize a small room in a small house, these small space design ideas will make it seem much larger while maintaining flare. Sometimes it is very difficult to maintain your apartment.
Incorporate reflective materials:
Choose glossy tiles and white lacquered walls, as Brian Patrick Flynn, the designer, did in this instance. The reflective high-shine materials will produce the same maximizing effect as a mirror, reflecting light and creating a generally airier space.
Opt for pocket doors:
Glass windows in pocket doors share the light to enter the room while still separating areas. And even better, they take up significantly less room than swinging doors when not in use since they simply drop into the wall.
Add a gallery wall:
Although it may seem strange, covering a wall from floor to ceiling helps elongate a tiny area. In Rudy Saunders’ apartment, a collection of framed artworks and an oversized watch clock draw the eye up, giving the impression that the 375-square-foot studio is larger.
Use a chair as a side table and install wall sconces to minimize surface area when space is at a premium and you don’t want to buy new, heavy furniture. To create a cheery atmosphere in a small space, choose a bright color like this delicate shade of turquoise.
Eneia White gives this little bathroom a higher, more streamlined appearance by hanging the subway tile vertically rather than the more typical horizontal. It doesn’t appear busy because of the limited color scheme of black, white, and pink.
Hide the utilities:
Toledo Geller created a lovely canopy for the restaurant at The Cornell Inn by skillfully concealing pipes and HVAC with drapes to prevent visual clutter.
Hang a swing:
A swinging seat appears to be in a much larger, more open environment since it doesn’t actually take up any actual floor space. Look at the daybed Tiffany Brooks installed in this space of the Kips Bay show home in Palm Beach for evidence.
Shrink your dining table:
Breakfast nooks aren’t the only places for little circular tables. Instead of choosing a large rectangular dining table, use a tiny circular dining table as Emily Henderson did in order to get some more room
Use a day bed:
Your bedroom will instantly double in size if you add a daybed. This can be useful in your living room if you don’t have a separate guest room.
Cece Barfield Thompson organized the owner’s books and accessories into one room in this Manhattan flat, where built-in shelving with gallery lighting gives the arrangement of the goods a considered appearance. What’s best? The little apartment’s library also serves as the eating area.
Express yourself everywhere:
Yes, even on your refrigerator—no, particularly on it—as well as other large appliances. You’ll need to make everything seem nice as there isn’t much place for extras and there isn’t much room to load in all your favorite things. Here, Anthony Dunning used detachable wallpaper to transform a plain old refrigerator into a creative opportunity.
Take advantage of architectural quirks:
Making the most of architectural oddities will help them turn into your favorite aspect of the room as every square inch matters in a compact home. That heater next to your window? Invest in a lovely radiator cover and make a personalized cushion to serve as a reading and relaxing window nook. (And you won’t have to use the large couch that will take up the entire studio!) Pile on the cushions and add a task lamp, as Jae Joo did in this instance.