4 Unexpected Ideas for Small Spaces

Building or renovating a tiny home? Here are interesting tricks from design experts


Many homeowners have asked us for tips on how to make the most of small homes. While there are so many space-saving solutions and creative storage ideas out there, the first step is always to be creative, especially when it comes to building or renovating.

For the imaginative, a small home is not necessarily a bad thing. It's all about how you use the areas that you already have. A small home does not put you at a disadvantage—it is simply an opportunity for you to think outside the box.

If you are ready to live large in a small home, here are a few tips from design professionals:

Conceal structural posts

Small Space Problem: Ugly posts or columns that cannot be removed

Small Space Solution: For this design project, interior designer Mica Espiritu-Aquino concealed an unattractive post with a floor-to-ceiling mirror panel. She completed the look with two chairs, a side table, and a lamp for a classy feel. 

Maximize the kitchen countertop

Small Space Problem: A limited kitchen and dining area

Small Space Solution: In this monochromatic space, Mica turned a kitchen countertop into a dining table. Apart from serving as a preparation area for cooking, the family can now enjoy meals here.

Set the table against a wall

Small Space Problem: A limited dining area

Small Space Solution: In this small home, Mica knew that there would not be enough space for a traditional dining set-up. To address this, she opted for a built-in bench that would take up less floor area.

Mica Espiritu-Aquino is the principal designer for EBA Construction. You can reach her at (02) 343-9339 and (0922) 861 6422.

Opt for a swiveling panel

In this 45sqm studio unit, the designers created a swinging TV panel. The flat-screen TV can now be used in the living area and the bedroom.

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