Small Space Ideas for a 23sqm Condo

A well-planned one-bedroom unit filled with customized furniture is the ideal home for two students

Original Article: Tala Singson Photography: Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires Styling: Dagny Madamba Interior Designer: Kristine Neri-Magturo

People invest in real-estate properties for different reasons. A high-rise space is a good choice for young professionals that need to be close to work. It can even be a perfect starter home for a newly-married couple. For parents like homeowner Doris Amora with children that go to school in the city, a condo unit can also help provide convenience, safety, and peace of mind.

Doris and her husband already own a spacious home in Cavite but they purchased a one-bedroom unit in Malate for their children Ken and Karen who go to the University of the Philippines Manila and Philippine Science High School in Quezon City, respectively. With the help of interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo, they now have a comfortable, hip-looking home furnished with clever solutions for compact living. 

Original article by Tala Singson. Styling by Dagny Madamba. Photographed by Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires.

Read the original article (“Home School”) in the May 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. To download a digital copy of Real Living Magazine, visit Summit Newsstand at


Since the condo has a limited 23sqm floor area, the living, dining and kitchen areas had to share the same space. Using neutral colors leads to an airy and spacious feel.

Living Area

In the living area, the customized turquoise-colored sofa also serves as an extra bed to accommodate a visiting friend or relative. Black and white photos in white picture frames complete the look.


Another way to create the illusion of space was to install floor-to-ceiling mirrors on the wall of the living area.


To make the 23sqm one-bedroom condo seem more spacious, Kristine chose simple lines and shapes, even for the floating shelves on the wall. The wood finish even adds warmth and character to the space.

Study and Dining Area

With its whitewashed bookshelf that serves as a storage solution and a divider to separate the space from the kitchen, as well as the attractive and useful wall-mounted clipboards, the study area is a neat and organized space.

Study and Dining Area

The area is furnished with Eiffel Base Shell-inspired chairs that lend a mid-century modern feel to the space.


The custom-made study table for two can actually be turned into a dining table. Underneath the desk is a second base that can be pulled out to make the table longer.


The shelf above the study and dining table is adorned with miniature elephant figures.


The study and dining area is also visible from the bedroom.


Using a muted color palette in white and brown can turn a cramped bedroom into a cozy one. A clean, minimalist design with only the bare necessities can also make the private space more relaxing, leading to a more peaceful night of sleep.


Since the area would be shared by two people with two different schedules, individual nightlights and electrical sockets near the bed makes everything easier for them.


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