Less is more, they say.
Most people who work in the city are consequential to live nearby densely populated areas. Limiting the space to produce habitat with—which are by the book, minimum space requirement. But that does not stop a unit owner to put everything into his place!
So how can you work with a very minimal space look extensive when you’re limited to a very small unit?
With all the too-good-to-be-true compact living hacks you see on your newsfeed, which are, let’s be honest, too much workmanship and beyond to complicated for the day to day of a Filipino, we’ll wrap up some that actually works to make less look more.
So don’t bother the clutter, here are some tips and tricks to make your pad still look spacious and functional!
1. Use tables that can double the function
Face it, tables take up a big amount of space in a unit. Especially when you intend to have people into your place or live with someone. And we’re caught up with the idea that we need a coffee table and a side table aside from the dining table!
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The utmost archetype of table for a small condo unit would be to use a side table, since they’re not that wide and guess what, you can use two of the same kind to form it into a dining table when you have people come over your place.
2. No need to drill the walls for hangers
You might diasgree with us on this one, but putting space on wall storage gives you more space for the floor area. But sometimes padding up walls makes the unit seem more strewed when you try to put everything up!
On the other hand, drilling on walls are not that easy when you live in condominiums or apartments—there’s some paperwork to do before you punch that drill press on your wall.
Consider this solution; some wire grids or panels with holes for hanging things up.
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This creates a foyer-like section of your main door. Put up some potted plants, lamps, sweater, or hang your unit and car keys.
3. Maximize the use of your closet
Storing your bed up the closet isn’t that practical when you’re always in a hurry and might turn out into a problem in the long run.
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Not all condos provide you a closet. But when you intend to have one, make sure to maximize their use! Instead of having a side table or your work desk, you may install one onto your closet and your book shelves on one side. Closets are usually nearby your bed to create partition for privacy if you live in a studio type apartment. So when you want to have a good read before you head to bed, this might be a good idea!
4. Utilize light colors for areas that have busy activities
Small space home designers usually put up all the busy activities at one area of the unit. Doing the cooking, the dishwashing and the laundry all at the kitchen space. One basic trick or illusion to make your unit look homey is to use light colors—which is very much advisable especially for the kitchen. Having also light colors psychologically helps you think better and lights up the area easier for your cooking and laundry.
4. Elevate, elevate, elevate!
Having different elevations in your unit creates an illusion that your space is roomy and has more function. That does not mean that you have to raise it to the ceiling though. Just a one-step platform is okay if you just need to create the trick to have your linen storage. Or hiding your bed under a platform is another prudent thing.
Stay tuned for much more design and decor tips from Design Made Happy!