7 Tips on How to Live Large in a Small Space

by Eugene Kok

I have personally lived in a studio apartment for a significant amount of time, although it is consider a premium address. Space restriction is still a big problem for me. Here are some tips on how to live large on a small space.

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1. Measure and plan

If you know that you are about to live in a tiny place, each m² will count. To make sure that your furniture will fit correctly, take your time to measure everything: length, width, and even the height of some elements like the ceiling or the windows: these elements have a lot of influence on the choice of your furniture

 2. Sketch in 3D and think in 4D

In other words, try to imagine how your furniture will look in space (which is made of three dimensions) and especially how they will be used throughout the day (which would be the 4th dimension, called “time”). Set priorities to what you really need and design your home accordingly. Once everything is standing, and you still feel like having enough space left, you can head to the details. Having a floor plan helps on getting furniture fit into spaces like how you want it to fit

3. What to hide, what to display

Nowadays every single one of us is using more than one electronic device at home. That gives us a whole bunch of cables. Try to find ways to hide them and still make them reachable. This also counts for the lights. The more you have, the more important it becomes to hide them. It makes your space look a lot tidier and gives it a bigger appearance.

Put your apartment on a diet: From the first day on, when moving to your big little home: be selective. Ask yourself what you really need and what not. Nevertheless, you will find yourself unconsciously collecting items over time, which is a complete natural behaviour. But if you’re not able to store them in a clever way, get rid of it. Be convinced that in these living conditions, an empty space can be more valuable than an endless clutter. In small apartment, empty spaces are cherished more than furnishings.

4. Choose a color palette

If you have always had your favourite set of colours, this may be an easier step. However, if your new home already comes with certain tones due to the existing materials, you might want to consider matching accordingly. Ask a friend to get a second opinion for choosing the right palette that suits you and your apartment.

5. Convertible and movable items

In a small studio apartment, the lost surface, taken away by your coffee table, can be a dramatic loss during daytime. In that case, multi-functionality is the key. If your ceiling is high enough, you can consider a build in cabinet. Else, consider having a multi functional storage cabinet.

6. Multifunctional and flexible

Small apartments often have limited room, in which you are supposed to do as much as possible in it. But that does not have to be. In fact, you can visually divide available space into zones. In this case, there is a resting zone and working zone. Both are separated by a shelf, which slightly marks the separation of the two zones. When being in each zone, you still want to feel the entire room.

When you divide your room into zones, it is always helpful to resize those zones according to your needs. In this apartment, some of the furniture are placed on wheels. This helps to transform the resting zone into a bigger living room when guests are coming over. At the same time, the working zone may become roomier for a better comfort and for keeping the focus on your work. Besides, your vacuum cleaner will be very thankful when passing underneath.

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