Building & Renovating

5 Small Space Solutions We Can Learn from a 38sqm Unit

Clever picks and subtle touches can help personalize and maximize your space

Photography: Vincent Coscolluela

If we think about it, living in a condo unit is practical. Most properties are accessible and near establishments, plus, you have the option to choose a unit depending on your needs and budget. When it comes to decorating and keeping it neat, a small space seem easier to maintain—after all, you're dealing with only a few square meters.

Whether you've just moved in or looking for ways on how to keep your compact home in tip-top shape, here are some of the things we loved in this RL reader home to take note of:

1. A movable counter lets you maximize space.

Given the limited floor area, the kitchen and dining areas share space in this unit. To carve out a dining nook, the owners opted for a movable counter that can serve as extra prep space when cooking and a dining table during meals.

Since there is an open space underneath, they can easily tuck in the chairs under the table to clear the path to and from the door.

RL Tip: For a similar customized table, get in touch with Architect Glenn Calingasan through e-mail: ar.glenncalingasan[at] The chairs are from Mandaue Foam Furniture Store.

2. Look under for extra storage space.

More often than not, we work with shelves, tables, and bins to keep the living area clean and organized. If you're planning to work with customized furniture, take it to the next level by opting for a sofa with hidden drawers underneath—as seen above. This will give you extra space for magazines, shoes, and even pillows.

Already have a sofa for your home? If there's space under it, make the most of it by placing baskets for extra belongings and even tiny storage boxes for magazines and books.

3. Choose storage that double as decor.

In many (if not all) small units, multifunctional pieces are important. Aside from storage ottomans and transforming pieces, you may also want to invest in must-haves that prettify and organize your space. These include wall organizers and even a ladder shelf! The ladder shelf placed in the bedroom above keeps scarves and essentials organized while keeping the wall from being too dull. It also adds a tropical and Pinoy-inspired vibe to the space.

For a similar ladder organizer, drop by Kultura Filipino. Click here for details.

4. Work with a bathroom sink cabinet.

To make the most of a small bathroom, you can install wall-mounted shelves, corner shelves, and even opt for a bathroom sink cabinet—similar to the one found in the owners' bathroom. It gives you space for extra towels and toiletries—making these must-haves easily accessible.

5. Wall hooks can help you define the foyer or entryway.

Many condo units do not have actual entrways—prompting the owners to create makeshift ones with mini console tables, shoe storage, and vignettes. If you're looking for a quick and easy way to define this part of your space, you can work with wall hooks! Use these to hang coats, jackets, scarves, and even bags! These keep your belongings organized while adding character and personality to your home.

RL Tip: Looking for wall hooks? Visit Wilcon Depot, IT Hub, Pasong Tamo Ext., Brgy. Bangkal, Makati City for options.

Click here to see more photos of this unit.

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