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These Studio Units Will Make You Fall in Love

With efficient space planning, recycled pieces, and smart small space hacks

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Photography: Jilson Tiu and Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

Who wouldn’t be curious to click on an article that talks about a 15sqm home? Since having a comfortable space to live in is a necessity for all of us, tiny homes measuring 50sqm or less have always been fascinating. After all, given a limited floor area, will you have enough room for a bed, a dining nook, and a place for your belongings?

Whether you’re redecorating, moving into your own condo unit, or building a new house—these small spaces are definitely bookmark-worthy. Each home proves that you don’t need a big space to be able to live life to the fullest and size doesn’t matter at all.

A 26sqm unit with a Scandinavian-inspired aesthetic


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To make the unit appealing to renters, the owner wanted to make it bright, airy, and spacious. With only one big window as the source of natural light, interior designer Nikki Audine made it happen. She maximized the window and painted the space white. To keep it from being dull, accent walls featuring geometric shapes were incorporated into the final look, wooden pieces were brought in to add warmth, and neutral-colored furniture complete the home.

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A 30sqm modern contemporary bachelor pad


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Stepping into this home feels like being transported to New York City. The laid-back feel is perfect for a bachelor pad and design consultant Grace Moslares did a good job of putting together the pieces the owner bought to create a seamless look. To keep the unit from being too dark and masculine, plants were added for a relaxed, hotel-like feel, while white linen and pine accents make it extra homey.

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A 36sqm minimalist unit


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This studio unit designed by interior designer Tala Singson proves that minimalist spaces can be warm and welcoming, too. By working with natural finishes, a neutral color scheme, and a few but well-selected furniture pieces, Tala created a home that will surely appeal to possible renters. We can't help but consider the dining nook as our favorite in this space—it looks straight out of a Pinterest board! Looking for an easy way to spruce up a plain wall? Take your cue from the setup by using postcards and washi tape.

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A 30sqm unit filled with warm coffee tones


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This unit designed by design consultant Grace Moslares will transport you to the beach. Since the owner's initial concept involved working with different shades of brown, the home's look evolved into a relaxing escape that will remind the occupants of the great outdoors. To enable the owners to accommodate guests even if the space is limited, the dining nook features a sofa and an upholstered bench. Pops of blue, sand, and taupe were also added to break the monotony of the unit.

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A 15sqm industrial-inspired small space


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Who knew big pieces can fit perfectly in such a teeny-tiny space? Designer RG Rosso believes in working with the "big rocks" first—the reason why he added a seven-foot mirror and a huge work of art without hesitation. If you're working on a small space, don't hold back on the furniture and accessories, standard-size furniture and a few oversized elements can help you create depth and avoid a home that looks flat and boring. Those who love coffee shops can learn a thing or two from this condo unit, too! Achieve the feel of a cafe by installing droplights, bringing in stools as seating, and adding plants as decor.

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A 22sqm unit completed with recycled pieces


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Every piece in this unit is a treasure. Interior designer Willie Garcia, the brains behind JunkNot Eco Creatives, furnished the space with upcycled furniture, recycled must-haves, and handmade accessories. The dining nook is a must-see—as it features a wood pallet turned into a dining nook/shelf. The coastal-inspired look of the unit is perfect for the place as it has a fantastic view of the Manila Bay. Some of the pieces that make the home extra special are seating pieces from JunkNot! and stores with advocacies.

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A 43sqm resort-like condo unit


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Living in the city can take its toll on us. If you have a home that looks and feels like a resort, taking a break will surely be a breeze. Designer Ivan Enteria and interior designer Angelo Aguilar transformed the space into a charming escape by working with reclaimed wood, woven items, and plants. With an abundance of natural light, a comfy bed, and a living area perfect for family nights, this home has a special indoor-outdoor synergy that can be likened to a mini paradise.

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A 30sqm unit with cool colors and dainty accents


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In this unit, design consultant Grace Moslares was able to create a home that's girly yet inviting. Though the space is small, the owner can enjoy the advantages of having a living area, a sleeping space, and a chic dining nook. To achieve privacy, she can simply add a sliding door or a wooden slats divider. If you love wallpaper, you can learn a trick or two from this space. Grace's chosen wallpaper defined the feminine feel of the space while giving it an outdoor feel. Enjoying meals will surely feel like al fresco dining.

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A 17sqm unit that spells #smallspacegoals


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With the expertise of William Brothers Manila and interior designer Rod Lascano, the owner was able to transform his condo unit into a small space dream filled with neutral colors, invisible cabinets, and smart furniture picks. Given its L-shaped layout, the unit looks like a one-bedroom home. A few architectural details didn't stop the design team from achieving the owner's vision for the space. By opting for built-in cabinets, multipurpose furniture, and incorporating secret niches, they were able to create a comfortable and envy-worthy haven. Our favorites in this unit include the sleek cabinets—the space looks extra clean and organized when the doors are closed. 

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