A 25sqm Studio Unit for 4 People

Interior designer Angelo Aguilar transformed the compact space into a versatile home that's welcoming and charming

Photography: Arvin Ramos Interior Designer: Angelo Aguilar

Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have a home that’s pleasant, comfortable, and functional. As seen in the condo homes we’ve featured on and the number of homeowners transitioning to tiny house living, coming home to a compact space has its perks. Aside from easier cleaning and maintenance, a small home also guarantees no inch of space is put to waste since you need to incorporate as much storage as you can.

In this condo unit designed by interior designer Angelo Aguilar, every corner is maximized. From the entryway to the loft beds—each area is well-thought-out, making sure the occupants can move around the unit freely. There are also folding and pull-out tables installed so they can study or work with ease. To address storage concerns, Angelo added hidden compartments, wall-mounted shelves, and a clever wardrobe.

Take a peek inside this cute and cozy condo home below:



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How do you create an entryway in a condo unit? Accent and furniture pieces can help you get it done. In this condo unit, Angelo defined the entryway with wood strips that double as accents and a mirror. He also used laminated wood on the ceiling. “To make it more functional, we installed TRONES shoe cabinets and shelving,” he explains.


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Entertainment, Dining, and Study/Work Center

Multipurpose nooks are musts in small spaces. This part of the condo unit serves as an entertainment, dining, work, and even storage area. The shelves can be used to hold books and décor pieces. Notice the caster wheels? The table can be moved according to how the occupants wish to use it.


It can be pulled out for mealtime or when they need to work on their laptops. When not in use, they can easily slide it back under the TV cabinet. It helps that Angelo chose to pair it with sturdy stools that can fit under the table to keep the area open and clutter-free.



The kitchen features cabinets made of laminated marine plywood, white granite countertops, and a teal blue backsplash. “The hanging cabinet is a combination of laminated marine plywood and frosted glass. It also features a drawer-type pull-out table and wire drawer baskets for storing kitchen utensils, plates, and cutlery,” explains the interior designer.


The slats above the hanging cabinets, aside from moonlighting as accents also conceal the AC unit.

Sleeping Area

Reminiscent of the beds in capsule hotels in Japan, the double loft beds definitely serve as the unit’s focal point. Made of a metal frame in a spray paint finish and laminated marine plywood, it has a storage compartment under the mattress and drawer storage in front. To maximize the space, the seating area in front also has storage nooks.


“We had to test the structure of the bunk bed to make sure it’s safe,” says Angelo. To give the occupants privacy, a partition panel between the beds was incorporated.


Each occupant also gets a folding table/shelf so they can easily read or use their laptops when needed.


Wondering where the wardrobe is? Angelo thought of a pull-out wardrobe cabinet that saves on space while providing enough storage.


“It’s a camouflage wardrobe cabinet. It looks like a decorative mirror panel but it’s actually a cabinet and the lower part can be used as a laptop table or work desk,” he explains. How clever, don’t you agree?


In the bathroom, the interior designer replaced the old tiles with non-skid tiles and simulated gray travertine tiles on the walls. “The old shower enclosure was also replaced with a new tempered glass enclosure. For the vanity sink, we revamped it with a surface-mounted sink featuring a granite countertop for easy maintenance,” shares Angelo.


He completed the T&B with a new mirror panel and additional storage cabinets made of laminated marine plywood.

Ready for your own makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Angelo Aguilar through email at acga.designs[at]

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