Every owner or renter of a small apartment has 3 big questions:
1. Where do I put all my things?
2. How do I make the same square meters have more than one function? The same square meters have to be a bedroom, a living room, an entertainment area, a children's playground...and so on?
3. How do I deal with questions number 1 and 2 while not making my space look totally crammed and ugly? How do I not feel like I live in a shoebox?
All legitimate questions and I am here to tell you that it's possible to have an answer at all three questions. Have your cake and eat it too.
With the help of sketching and 3d modelling, I'll be showing you how I go about finding solutions for a small 33 sqm (361 sqf) apartment.
In the design exploration process, I will explain topics like:
Understanding the needs of the people and the constraints of the space
Prioritising your design decisions
Understanding a floor-plan
Sketching on the floorplan
Alignment and order
Removing walls and natural light
Compact and flexible furniture
Small spaces require some custom solutions or some unique pieces of furniture that offer high flexibility. These solutions may not compete in prices with Ikea, but offer a really high value to you long term. They can relieve the pressure of having to move to a bigger place and subsequently help you save the money you would have paid indefinitely for a bigger place and put it in your pocket.
You don't need a bigger place. You just need a smarter design.
Ultimately how big a place FEELS matters more than how big it actually is.