Many things have been already invented to extend the possibilities of small apartments. It seems, that all the techniques are already known, but creative decisions still do appear. Let’s try to sum this diversified experience up and illustrate a few basic rules how to save some ft2 in small room.

Gast Architects

Pay attention to major things
Little room can be extremely functional when each centimeter is used to advantage.  To achieve this, first you should imagine how you are going to live in this house or flat: find areas of first necessity, and the ones with the secondary necessity. Realize, how much time you are going to dedicate to this or that occupation, and then outline from these separate areas the major one. Not the one, which is the most important space in the whole apartment, but the one, which is major for your future way of life. This can be your bedroom, if the first thing you do at home is sleeping, or, for example, you like to relax in lying position, or even have your breakfast in bed. Alternatively, it can be kitchen dining room, in case you have a passion for cooking, and the first thing you do at home is cooking and then enjoying the substantial dinner.


The Brooklyn Home Company

If you work in the office, do you need a study or any other workspace at home too?
The real problem of small apartments lies not only in total lack of space, but also in the fact, we used to decorate our dwelling according to some conventional rules, neglecting our real needs. Often, having devoted the best, cozy, and bright area for a zone we use rarely (for example, a guest room), in such a way all the time, when we have no guests, we will be forced to spend in comfortless corners, knowing nothing about how to perch ourselves on the peripheral remnants of our bad planned conditions of living.



The ‘unnecessary walls’ problem
Another essential issue is whether to demolish partition-walls to make the apartment look as spacious as possible. The trend of integrated space continues to be popular: the studio apartments, where the lavatory is the only separated room are becoming more and more popular.

However, in real life, small studio as a dwelling fits only for one person. In fact, because of this peculiarity this type of apartment has become so highly popular in Europe and United States. If at least two people are going to live there, they both should either be as gentle as a dove, or spend less time at home. For the adult person it is vital to isolate himself/herself from time to time and have his/her own private zone. Besides, some additional rooms, even if they are empty, will create an effect of a large house more likely, than the single big room. Especially, if there is a possibility to use the system of various platforms, ceiling cabinets, and galleries.


Anna Pavlovskaya (Good Look Room)

Traditional wall alternative
Nevertheless, it does not mean, that we should separate from each other with defensive walls. In contrast to that, you should completely discard any blind wall. Of course, except a bearing one.
In all other cases, you can substitute walls with divisions. The best variant is division walls that can be transformed: foldaway doors, folding screens, textile curtains, which make it possible to reform two rooms into large one.


Rafe Churchill: Traditional Houses

Substitute the doors
Doors are also an essential problem for the small apartment. The usual swing doors take up considerable space while opening/closing and can block the way to the other rooms. That is why the foldaway doors and, especially, folding screens that create the effect of a vanishing wall fit better for such lodgments.

The most efficient are the accordion partitions. Their use is the most preferable, if there is no space for the sliding door. Such partitions look good and when folded can make an impression of curtain that hangs down.


Ohashi Design Studio

Another good and practical decision is translucent partitions and screens from the matte-surfaced glass. Using them will lead to the vanishing of blind walls and the borders of the rooms become vague and fluid.




Get rid of the standard furniture
You can build in the wardrobes and make them almost invisible. Typical traditional sofas and armchairs, big tables, stands, china cabinets, sideboard should be banned in your small apartment. As well as thick carpets, large chandeliers, drapery panels, fancy frills, valances, and other attributes of fireside comfort. They take away the square meters and shadow the room without remorse. The furnishings in small apartments should be compact and multi-purpose. It is better to have your furniture made to order.

The folding furniture is especially multipurpose: a table-transformer, for example, that hangs on the wall and in unfolded position becomes a fully functional workplace or tables, which can be pulled out from the other furniture in kitchen, nursery or study. There are many options and all of them can transform even the tiniest room into the multifunctional dwelling.