Design for Small Spaces: Urban Living

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Design for Small Spaces: Urban Living

Size isn't everything when it comes to creating the perfect home. Discover our tips and tricks for designing the most covetable apartment in the city.


1: Prioritize multi-use furniture 


According to minimalist philosophy, a design with various different functions does wonders for freeing up additional space. Wall-mounted storage with an integrated writing desk allows a workspace to be easily concealed at the end of the day, whilst compact storage can double-up as a bedside table.

Above: Multy Jean Sofa Bed by Ligne Roset


Above: Stendhal Secretaire by Ligne Roset

Above: Tria Customisable Storage by Mobles114
Above: Egg TableDrop Chair Kaiser Idell Pendant Lights by Fritz Hansen
Above: Bellhop Lamp by FLOS & Componibili Storage by Kartell
Above: Tria Storage by Mobles114

2. A well-designed dining space


Whether it’s a corner nook in the kitchen or a living-dining combo, a well-designed dining table is key to making the space inviting. Extending tables can transform from a compact 2-seater to an ample 6-8 seat table when it’s time for hosting dinner guests. Choosing simple and streamlined shapes create a visual lightness and assist the flow of movement in the space.

Above: Drop Leaf Extending Table by L.Ercolani
Above: Tria Customisable Storage by Mobles114 & Last Order Lamp by FLOS

3. Sofas for living room nooks


Smaller spaces can feel warmer and more relaxing, the perfect spot to hunker down in the evenings. If you’re looking to maximise space, choose a sofa with a straight back or an L-shaped sofa, which can fit within the corner of the room and free up floor space. Loveseats and 2-seaters are a versatile option, whilst a chaise lounge can add a little luxury to a pint-sized apartment.
Above: Tria Pack by Mobles114
Above: Tria Customisable Storage by Mobles114 
Above: Double Up Extending Table & Zen Rug by Bolia
Above: Nessino Lamp by Artemide

4. Define the space with rugs

Choose rugs that fit the space well, as going too small can make a room feel cramped. Open-plan loft apartments can be delineated with strategically-placed rugs used to separate the living space, from the dining and bedroom area. 

Above: Chali Rug by Ligne Roset & Tria Shelf by Mobles114


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