With todays over population and the trend towards urban living, space is becoming a commodity. From a sustainability point of view, as well as an economic one, smaller spaces just seem to make more sense. Maximising space with bachelor pads and stylish one bedrooms is becoming more optimal and sought after.
The question becomes, how do you get the most out of your square metres, while sliming your ecological footprint and fatting your wallet.
Here are seven ways to maximise space for you gentleman’s apartment.
1. Make areas
Blocking out areas or zones for specific functions, dining or kitchen for example, creates the illusion of space. It defines the area while still allowing it to be attached to the rest of the room. Clever use of paint, floor finishes and built-in elements all add to the separation of the the areas from the remaining.
2. Create Balance
Separation into areas in small spaces is valuable to denote zones for different functions, but it is important to allow for consistency in design and furniture choices. Due to the limited space smaller apartments are typically open in plan. So if your kitchen, dining and living areas (perhaps even sleeping) are one it is important to have a flow and balance across all elements.
3. Make use of the vertical
To save space, up is the way to go, as long as you have the volume.
Adding a mezzanine or loft space frees up functional and living space below and allows areas like the bedroom or study to be separate. Even in a single room apartment.
Roof voids are often dead space and seldom used. By maximising space in the area above standard ceiling level, you are able to add height to the space making it seem bigger and less pokey. A loft conversion is a great use of dead space and is perfect for a bedroom or study.
4. Large Windows and Openings
Having a view of the outside expands a space and reminds you that there is life beyond your four walls. Floor to ceiling glazed windows and doors extend the room upwards and outwards bringing the feel of expanse and space.
5. Steal light wherever possible
Nothing is worse than feeling like you are in a dark and dingy hole, this can be compounded by a small space. Ensure you pilfer natural light from wherever you can.
Tip: No matter the size of your place light is king. Flood your home with natural light and it will be a warm and inviting place all year round. Just be sure to spec great energy efficient glass!
6. Open your plan
For small places open plan is a must! The connection from one room to another allows for spaces to flow. Living, kitchen and dining can all share each other’s space for room to move.
7. Get Clever with Storage
When creating small spaces storage is always an issue. Think smartly about where to keep your stuff and only keep what you need. Dead space, under stairs, in attics and in alcoves all offer a place to keep things out of sight. A cluttered and messy space can make an already small space seem tiny!
Tip: The minimal design style will always favour a small space. “Less is more” and when you have less space more becomes a problem!
A small space doesn’t have to be a pokey, dingy hole in the wall. By maximising space through clever design, lighting and storage you can get the best out of compact living.
All while saving the planet and you pennies too!
If you are tending towards the new style of compact living but don’t know how to make it work be sure to sign up for a free 30min design consultation, click here.