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These Must-See Tiny Homes Measure 20sqm or Less

Who says you can't live comfortably in a compact unit?

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Photography: Hans Fausto and Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

Small spaces never cease to amaze us. From condo units that measure 40sqm or less to spaces with unexpected themes, we’re always on the lookout for compact yet functional homes to feature. Aside from having a well-thought-out design, tiny spaces nowadays bring small-space-living to the next level by having envy-worthy furniture, secret storage spots, and an overall ambiance that anyone would want to recreate. Who knew that a 13sqm unit can be cozy and livable? Let these spaces inspire you:

A 20sqm Studio Unit in Quezon City


With a budget of P76,000, interior design student Arvin Ramos was able to give his brother’s condo a makeover. Aside from working with tried-and-tested solutions like using mirrors and opting for multipurpose furniture pieces, Arvin also sourced at go-to shopping spots like Dangwa and Quezon City Circle to look for budget-friendly yet quality items. After the renovation period, his brother now has a functional space complete with Pinterest-worthy shelves and a work area, too.

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An 18sqm Condo for Students


How do you create an inviting condo where students can focus, relax, and invite friends over? Interior designer Kristine Neri-Magturo worked with space-saving ideas, huge mirrors, and clever storage solutions. In transforming this 18sqm condo in Katipunan, the designer installed a three-panel mirror to create an illusion of a bigger space, chose sleek furniture, and added décor with a youthful appeal.

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An 18sqm Luxe Studio Unit


Some instantly assume that small spaces can’t be transformed into elegant, comfortable homes. This studio unit designed by promising designers Bash Batara and Jolo Francisco breaks the norm as it showcases the beauty of wood, a chic color palette, and surprising storage solutions. The sleeping space is like a cocoon that welcomes the owner after a long day, while the storage center is disguised as an accent wall. If these elements don’t impress you yet, wait until you see the bathroom!

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A 17sqm Condo in Mandaluyong


The right layout can help you achieve a functional home. This studio unit looks like a one-bedroom home with the help of William Brothers Manila, professionals who specialize in design and construction, and interior designer Rod Lascano. The owner began the transformation of his unit by getting rid of items he no longer needs. The design professionals completed the space with a neutral color palette and built-in storage nooks that add to the unit’s streamlined appeal.

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A 15sqm Condo in Manila


Believe it or not, you can use big pieces in small spaces. As seen in this unit designed by RG Rosso, dark colors and big furniture items can help create depth and an efficient design. RG brought in a huge artwork, a seven foot mirror, and an eight-foot bar as dining/study nook. These huge additions help achieve an illusion of a bigger, wider space that’s cozy and relaxing. Paired with warm colors, interesting wallpaper, and the right furnishings, these elements turn the unit into an ideal home in the city.

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A 13sqm Studio in Mandaluyong


Yes, this unit exists and you can find it along EDSA. The smallest home we’ve featured on the website, this condo unit features a loft-type bed, a living area, a dining nook, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Who would have thought these can all fit in a 13sqm unit? To spruce up the space, the owner worked with touches of green, wallpaper with vertical stripes, and tropical-inspired décor. When combined, these details help create a cozy home that makes you feel like you’re far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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