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9 Amazing Small-Space Ideas From Loft Homes

We've got all the loft-y ideas here, from industrial-style marvels to light and dainty small spaces

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Photography: Dairy Darilag and Michael Angelo Chua (Main Photos)

Loft-type units have got the best of both worlds: you have the convenience of a condo, with the airiness of a two-story home. Although there are a lot of challenges in decorating a loft home (privacy is one!), there are a lot of design and small-space solutions for this type of living space. Here are a few:

Emphasize height with a standout lighting fixture


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The loft study of this bachelor’s mini-suite allows for a double-volume ceiling height. Interior designer Erika Uichanco emphasized this height by hanging a dramatic but modern lighting fixture. You can get a similar piece from Home Cartel.

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If there’s no more space, create a sleeper loft


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Architects Nikki and Buji Libarnes have made their home (and hostel) out of container vans in La Union. To keep in the spirit of the province’s laidback surfer vibe, the couple carved out a sleeper loft above the small space used for their closet.

READ: This Architect-Couple Built Their Home Out of Container Vans

Make it clean-lined and minimalist


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Sometimes you don’t need complicated designs, multiple colors, or fussy accents in a condo unit. Interior designer Jean Suzanne Sy opted for clean-lined railings, minimalist furniture, and a subdued palette of whites and grays for this 38sqm loft unit.

READ: A Cool And Stylish 38sqm Loft-Type Condo

Use glass partitions to make it look airy


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If you want the privacy of an enclosed sleeping area but don’t want it to look claustrophobic, you might want to consider glass partitions. Interior designer Wilan Dayrit used European-style black-framed glass panels to give the sleeping loft a sophisticated, defined look.

READ: An Innovations Manager’s 50sqm Loft With Small Space Solutions

Keep within the design theme


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Since everything is out in the open, loft-type homes shouldn’t have spaces that are jarringly different from one another. Interior designer Kenj So kept the design of this whole condo unit strictly within an industrial theme, from the brick walls, factory-style lamps, and the bare concrete finishes.

READ: This Loft-Type Condo Is The Industrial Home Of Your Dreams

Put it out in the open


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Some homeowners like to close off a loft (by adding a solid partition or an entire wall) but in some condo units, an open loft with minimalist railings can make the home look more airy and spacious. And with this type of setup, you can use one cooling source or AC, depending on the size of the unit.

READ: Feel Like You’re In New York City Inside This Loft-Type Condo

If possible, squeeze in some storage


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Not only was interior designer Nikki Audine able to squeeze in an extra loft bed in the tiny unit, she was also able to add storage in the form of pullout drawers on the loft’s steps!

READ: A Loft Exists In This 21sqm Condo Unit

Use the same paint color for continuity


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To keep the loft area within the same theme as the interiors—and to make the entire unit look more spacious—paint the loft area in the same color as your main living areas below, as seen in the loft unit of writer Maggie Adan.

READ: Whimsical Design Style Changes A 63sqm Loft-type Condo

Define the main wall


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A loft sleeper can feel like it’s “floating” within a wide expanse of space. Anchor your bed area by painting the main wall in an accent color, or by applying patterned wallpaper, as seen in Maggie’s home. You can get wallpaper like this from Wallcrown

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