Small Space Ideas for a 34sqm Condo in Makati

Interior designers Claire Angelica Alarilla, Luzel Andrea Alconera, and Jeditte Margaret Coloma make the most of a one-bedroom unit

Photography: Aalco Design Group

Homeowner Claire Zanoria moved from her family home in Cebu to a high-rise residential building in Makati. In order to make her feel more relaxed and comfortable in her new condo in the city, she hired interior designers Claire Angelica Alarilla, Luzel Andrea Alconera, and Jeditte Margaret Coloma of Aalco Design Group.

According to the interior design team, the look of the unit is influenced by Scandinavian style. Thankfully, the Scandinavian-inspired design has made the 34sqm unit seem larger than it really is! The neutral color palette of white and brown is perfect for a small space. Clean lines and modern pieces are also ideal for any one-bedroom unit.

Dining and Living Areas

The front door opens to the dining and living areas of the one-bedroom unit.

Since the space is so small, the designers chose not to have any walls or partitions between the two areas. Instead, they defined each area with statement decor like the hexagonal mirror in the dining area and simple wall art in the living area.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a black L-shaped sofa topped with printed throw pillows. In the middle of the space is a coffee table adorned with a few decorative touches.


Another way to separate the areas is to use a divider. As seen in the photo, a tall white shelf can be used to define spaces and provide storage options. 

Home Office

In between the shared areas and the bedroom is the home office. Since the unit is so small, the interior designers installed a wall-mounted desk. The built-in desk takes up less space because it has no legs.

Home Office

In order to have more display and storage options, there are also wall-mounted shelves above the built-in desk. Beside the desk is a quirky ladder-type shelf.


Facing the home office is the bed area on the other side of the white divider. As seen in this photo, the divider is also used to cleverly hide the homeowner's shoes. 


The personalized bed frame has cove lighting, a built-in side table, and drawers underneath the bed. The warm light illuminates the area and adds a dramatic feel to the space.

Since there is an awkward column behind the bed, the bed frame also had to be built around this post.

Console Table

In front of the bed is a console table that can be topped with a flat-screen TV. It can also be used to store more belongings.


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