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6 Small-Space-Friendly Pieces For Studio Units

Check out these smart, multitasking furniture pieces, which are must haves for tiny homes!

Original Article: Issa Villar and Dagny Madamba Photography: Gio Oliva (Main Photo) Styling: Kamila Garcia

Furnishing compact homes can be tough. With working with limited spaces—especially in one-room-homes like studio units—everything should be strategic. The bed or sofa should not be too big, or else it will take up precious space. You might even have to sacrifice having a nice dining or living area to avoid living in a cramped dwelling.

But with just the right choice of smart furniture pieces and accessories, you can easily turn one space into two uses—such as a two-in-one bedroom and living room! Here are the six basic pieces that will maximize the space of your studio unit without having to give up areas in your home:

Sofa bed.

The sofa bed is the best type of furniture to purchase for a studio unit because it saves space by performing dual functions for you. It also gives you the opportunity to entertain guests during the daytime. Get one of good quality to last you through the years—pick one with springs, for maximum comfort and durability. And choose a sofa bed that is easy to pull up, with limited movements. 

PORTO II 3-seat sofa bed in grey, P95,800, Habitat

Small side table.

This is a versatile piece, because it can be used as both a center or side table. Pick one that is lightweight but still sturdy enough for easy transport when converting the space from living area to bedroom, or vise versa. Another option is to choose a table that comes with a storage compartment inside.

BLYTH low table with storage in dark blue, P9,800, Habitat

Floor lamp.

A small space can benefit from ambient lighting, and a floor lamp casts a more soothing light than an overhead lamp. Floor lamps are also thin and sleek in size so it can fit any tight spaces or corners.

ELITE floor lamp base in black, P3,750, DEMETRA textured lamp shade in black, P3,100, both from Habitat


A beautiful rug with a graphic pattern and striking color can serve as an accent, and could define your living area from the other areas in a studio home.

FLAKE rug in red patterns, P19,800, Habitat

Mirror or framed poster.

A framed artwork or a mirror in an unusual shape adds a finishing touch. These decorative pieces are affordable, and can be mixed with other wall hangings. Choosing to install mirrors also gives an illusion of a bigger space.


IVA round mirror, P20,950, Habitat

Throw pillows.

Throw pillows aren’t just for dressing up your sofa; they can also double as added pillows for sleeping. Save space and storage by not going overboard in having two different types of cushions. Choose ones that have interesting patterns and color that will complement the overall look of the space.

IRANDI embroidered cushion, P2,295, Habitat

WATCH: See how the Real Living team transforms a living room into a bedroom! 

Read the original article ("5 Easy Pieces ") in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details. All items are available at Habitat. 

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