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5 Space Planning Tips For Compact Homes

With these tips, your small space won’t look and feel small at all

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

A lot of things are crucial when designing small spaces—storage, lighting, and choice of furniture. Spaces must be planned carefully so you can comfortably move without bumping into any furniture or decor. Here are some tips in planning the layout of small spaces: 

1. Separate the sleeping area without closing it off from the rest of the unit.

In this 36sqm condo unit, a bedroom was added by elevating the sleeping area and putting up a wall. There is no door, so the whole unit still looks open. 

2. Place large furniture against the wall.

It’s easier to move in a small space if there are no furniture pieces blocking your way. Large pieces, like your sofa and dining table, are best placed against the wall so you and your guests can move freely in your small space. 

3. Use a sectional sofa in your living area.

A sectional sofa is a versatile piece as you can arrange its parts according to the needs of your space. It can also help define your living area. You can find sectional sofas at Our Home and AllHome

4. Choose a one-wall or an L-shaped kitchen.

A kitchen island may not be ideal in a small home as it will occupy additional floor space. With the kitchen counter, stove, sink, and refrigerator all placed against the wall, a one-wall or an L-shaped kitchen works well in compact spaces. 

5. Use storage solutions as partitions.

A solid wall separating the home office in this condo unit will make the small space look even more cramped. With an open bookshelf, you get additional storage while the books add privacy to the home office. 

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PHOTOS: Vincent Coscolluela (1, 2, 4) | Miguel Nacianceno (3, 5) 

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