Not all have the luxury of open spaces in homes. This is especially true of typical big city dwellers in any part of the world. The scenario is so common; sky high rentals combined with busy schedules that do not allow the time to take care of a bigger home. Opting for smaller compact apartments makes so much sense. Some smart space ideas can make a huge difference to the overall look and feel of the apartment. So when floor area is a constraint, bring in some imaginative ideas to life and make the most of every corner. Here are few tricks that can be adopted.
Ditch the regular bed and be creative with the use of space. A bed cum reading corner for the books, makes excellent use of space by performing dual functions of a lounge and a sleep bed. Notice the elevation which allows huge storage space under it. Such a cozy corner for the bookworms too.
No extravagant open spaces here, this bathroom puts color to great use. The walls and bathroom furniture are all white which makes it look less claustrophobic. This is perfect for small apartments with even smaller bathrooms.
How much space is this staircase is taking; hardly any right? Such a simple and innovative design; so much better than a regular flight of stairs to reach the mezzanine or attic. Safe, sturdy and functional at the same time, look for similar compact design ideas.
Storage designs that run up to the ceiling provide loads of extra space in the apartment. Display of interesting mementos, pictures or book collections here give the room so much character. Try to keep it interesting by playing around with the size of each rack. Different shapes and colors give it an intriguing look as well.
An elevated bed provides a separate sleeping zone while the space underneath is intelligently used for storing items in neat boxes or drawers. If the ceiling is high, this design works perfectly well. Combine this with some cool closet storage ideas to make the most of your bedroom space.
Minimalist look helps create a sense of more space. Zero clutter and only functional pieces of furniture are incorporated in the bedroom. The windows are simple with roll up curtains, cupboard, bed and study table in separate corners leave an open space in the center. Fuss free sleek look works very well in tiny spaces like this one.
The study table and chair take minimum space and provide maximum utility. The chair is simple and light, while the table is foldout and can be neatly stacked back into the wall. It even allows some storage at the same time. Such innovative furniture ideas are a boon to the urban dweller.
A lounge room cum dining room cum kitchen cum living room; you get all of them together with seamless integration of furniture items like the sofa, compact dining table and a flat screen wall mounted TV on the other side. Notice how the wall is painted, gives an illusion of space in this tiny area. Mix and match the furniture and wall colors in a way that the entire area looks like one unified zone.
Use of sliding doors between rooms and on cupboards reduce the need for space considerably. Sleek designs matching the wall color can even make them seem invisible!
For more on sliding doors read 10 extraordinary cabinet designs with sliding doors
If the apartment has high ceilings, take full advantage and use it to create another level. Use the lofts and attics by incorporating staircase to reach them easily and making neat storage spaces for a clean look. Its not a bad idea to create a tiny little study corner right above the kitchen like in this picture.
For more on kitchen ideas read 5 Simple Small Kitchen Ideas