Aight, for those of you in small studio spaces, here are some stupendous examples maximizing living space when you're space challenged. When you are living in a 395-square-foot apartment, conserving space is an issue (above). Adeptly using a shelving system as a room divider, this homeowner, Alison Brungart, creates a continuous feel by aligning the unit with the living room wall. To really take advantage of the interplay between the two rooms, the TV rotates so it can be seen from either the bed or couch. Alison has chosen to use a light color for all the woodwork in her apartment, including the shelving system, to give a feeling of consistency. Even though the unit is open and airy, Alison has really achieved a distinctly separate feel between the two rooms in a way that also is useful for storage.
Renters David and Im could have opted for a larger space, but in the name of great natural light and saving money they cut back to a 426-square-foot loft. To max out every inch of space, they realized that their greatest asset was the incredibly high ceilings. To accommodate all their personal belongings, they decided to build a massive custom-designed storage wall. Tracking down all the materials to complete the storage system was a feat by itself. The couple had to contact specialty lumberyards for pieces (like the 6x10 planks of wood for shelves), and even sourced local sailboat shops to find items specifically designed for small spaces. (below)
Gideon and Tracy’s home is a 530-square-foot studio that draws inspiration from the design of a pocket knife whose blade opens and retracts. The wall in the middle of the space serves as the blade, invented by the couple to be completely rotatable by resting on a very large gate hinge. Depending on their mood, or if they have company, the wall can be moved to separate the bedroom from the dining and living space.(below)
Rotated here to enlarge the bedroom, the television compartment is visible. Depending on which way the wall is facing, the television can be viewed from either bedroom or living room. Made out of corrugate polycarbonate, plywood and MDF, this versatile wall is a brilliant construction but no easy feat. When assembling the pocket knife, Gideon and Tracy recall, “We could not get the wall through the front door so we had to winch it up from the roof and through the windows in two pieces.”
When James and Margaret bought their 565-square-foot studio apartment, they knew they had their work cut out for them. Both architects by profession, they sketched a new floorplan and gutted half the space. There were two key components which factored heavily into the couple’s redesign which were first, the desire for a sense of openness and second, the ability to let natural light into every room of the apartment from a single light source. The most fundamental new-and-improved feature to their apartment is a wood wall they designed that strongly sections the space and serves as a strong visual design element. The bench in the dining area was artfully planned to be a part of the multi-purpose wall, containing storage space that extends through the interior of the bench and into the bedroom.(below