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5 Easy Hacks You Can Do To Improve A Tiny Studio Unit

You can always count on these tried-and-tested solutions to create a comfortable space

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Photography: Michael Angelo Chua

Moving into your own space can be fun and exciting, but when the reality of living in a small unit hits you, it can be quite overwhelming too. Fortunately, there are hacks you can do to help transform a tiny studio into a comfortable home. To improve this condo home in Makati, interior designer Nicca Sarmiento worked with some of our favorite small space solutions and a few unexpected ideas. If you’re bored with the look of your own space or you’re currently faced with the dilemma of personalizing a newly turned over unit, here are some of the ideas we loved in the 35sqm you can recreate:

1. Go for slim storage units.


Many condo units have short hallways that lead to the common areas. Since this space is normally used as storage centers, you can opt for slim and overhead cabinets to maximize the space. A wall-mounted shoe cabinet similar to the one used by Nicca can keep your favorite pairs accessible and organized. Use overhead cabinets to store décor and your collection.

Find a similar cabinet at SB Furniture.

2. Pick your divider wisely.


One of the biggest challenges in a studio unit involves privacy. How can you entertain guests if your bed is out in the open? Can you cook meals in peace if the living area is occupied by guests? The answer to your woes? A divider that doesn’t impede on the flow of air and natural light. Take your pick from glass and metal dividers, a glass sliding door, or a frosted glass divider with wooden trim.

3. Work on a bar-inspired dining nook.


You can always complete your unit with a standard dining set, but doing so might make the space look cramped. Have a space for meals, snacks, and refreshments by opting for a wall-mounted narrow bar that can function as a dining table. Spruce up the corner with wall lamps and potted plants, then complete the look with chic and comfy barstools.

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Find similar barstools at Match Contract.

4. Consider a monochromatic palette with unexpected twist.


Nicca had the walls painted in a light shade of gray to keep the vibe airy, spacious, and inviting. Though it only measures 35sqm, you won’t notice the floor area because the colors and furniture help make it look and feel bigger. Aside from gray, you can also look into the possibility of working with white, beige, and other neutrals. To keep it from being boring, you can paint an accent wall in a darker shade. It can define an area in the unit, too. Make sure it complements the dominant color in the space for a cohesive final look.

5. As always, maximize the walls.


The secret to an organized small space depends on how smart you can incorporate storage. In the bathroom, wall-mounted shelves hold clean towels and other accessories.. You can do the same or you can also hang baskets and bins to keep must-haves within reach. Wall-mounted cabinets are welcome alternatives—especially if you’re storing personal care items.

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