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Every Tiny Home Needs These Genius, Multi-Purpose Features
No lie - with shrinking land sizes, compact, shoe-box apartments are becoming more commonplace. While more (space) is always better - a tiny home also has its own benefits too!
For one, it definitely encourages designers to think out-of-the-box - such as these insanely genius, multi-purpose home features! Blending space-saving function with form, suddenly the idea of living in a small space doesn't look as unappealing...
1. This reading nook + storage area
Interior Designer: Pocket Square
Sometimes, it's not about the space you have, but all that unused space you've yet to maximise. Consider converting dead spaces such as your bay windows, awkward corners or even the undersides of stairs into a cosy nook for reading!
Interior Designer: Pocket Square
But don't just build a bench and leave it at that. Add built-in storage compartments (like this home) or convert them into pull-out drawers, bookshelves and other cabinetry! And there you go - what would have taken an entire room is easily fitted into a compact corner.
2. A island counter + bar counter + dining table
Interior Designer: Moonlit Inspiration
If you were ever under the impression that it is impossible to fit an island in a small kitchen, think again! All you need is at least three feet of clearance space for an island in U or L-shaped kitchens to enable full drawer extensions and comfortable walk spaces.
Interior Designer: The Association (Singapore)
But if you have some vertical length left over - why not incorporate an extendable, pull-out dining table whilst at it? Conveniently tucked underneath this kitchen island's countertop, the protruding wooden edge works as a bar counter when tucked in, and a full-fledged dining table (that's able to seat 4) when pulled out. Talk about 3-in-1.
3. This feature wall + storage shelving piece
Interior Designer: A Moxie Associates Sdn Bhd
Again, there's more to a feature wall than a placemat for propping your TV. Turn it into a practical storage space as well with ample shelving or cabinetry! Whether its conceal storage areas (like this project) or an intricate shelving system (like this condo), the options are limitless when it comes to jazzing up this common (but overlooked) interior feature.
4. This foldable bed + study area
Interior Designer: Sevenvine (Singapore)
The ultimate space-saving solution when you have one (measly-sized) bedroom - the Murphy bed! Pull-down for when you need some shut-eye, and push it up into the wall to make way for space! Here, a compact room doubles as a bedroom and study area by propping a desk when the bed is kept. Of course, it can be anything else too - think TV consoles, vanity tables and more.
5. This wall-niche + bed frame + hidden storage piece
Interior Designer: Movent Signature Design
A wall niche is an indented or recessed wall space that is carved out – essentially making space where there is none!
Interior Designer: Schemacraft (Singapore)
For instance, a recessed niche can work as a bed frame of sorts, or double as a prop for holding up accent lights. Likewise, they can be built up with pull-out drawers, shelving, cabinets, vanity corners - even a wall safe! - to maximise the sides.