Small Space Solutions for a 40sqm Condo in Makati

Interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag used modern furniture and built-in storage options in this one-bedroom condo

Photography: Marc Jao Interior Designer: Ayet San Jose-Aniag

There are many reasons why people now choose to invest in condo units. For one, these units are usually located near schools, offices, and other important establishments. These properties can also be more affordable than houses and lots in the city.

Unfortunately, some of the smaller condo units are not enough for the homeowners and their belongings! These poorly planned condo units have limited floor areas and inefficient layouts. In the case of this 40sqm space, interior designer Ayet San Jose-Aniag noticed that a huge wall column took up too much space in the living and dining areas. She also saw that the bedroom needed to have more storage options. 

In order to improve the bachelor pad, Ayet chose a classic color scheme, modern furniture, and built-in storage systems. 

Living and Dining Areas

Since most condo units are turned over bare, the properties tend to have the same look.

In order to make this particular home stand out, Ayet installed floor-to-ceiling wall decor. The wall decor is made from palochina wood cut in different sizes. 

On both sides of the wall decor are remote-controlled fabric window blinds from La Vida Verde.

Living Area

The living area is furnished with a La-Z-Boy sofa topped with black-and-white pillows.

Living Area

Facing the sofa is a built-in wall unit that is used for the flat-screen TV and entertainment devices. The wall unit is completed with shelves and cabinets for more storage options.

Dining Area

Ayet immediately saw that there was a huge wall column in the dining area. The awkward space beside it also did not serve any purpose.

In order to hide the column, she installed another wall accent made from palochina wood. She also used the empty space by building shelves. The area is now perfect for storing a water dispenser and other personal belongings.

She completed the dining area with a clear glass-top table and fully-upholstered leatherette dining chairs. For a small space, you should also choose clear surfaces to make the area appear larger. You should also look for tables and chairs with slim legs that seem to take up less space.


To make room for more things in the kitchen, Ayet built special overhead cabinets. These new storage systems are double the size of standard kitchen cabinets. Instead of using ordinary wood, she also used marine plywood to avoid water damage.

Ayet also placed the kitchen sink to one corner so that there would be more space on the counter. She also customized the space with a bright green splashback.


Another way to make the most of a small area is by using more built-in furniture! Wall-mounted pieces save space because they are custom-built for your own specific area. They also take up less room because they are permanently attached to the wall.


In this bedroom, Ayet used a built-in headboard, bed, and side tables. The bed is even better for the space because it has hidden drawers underneath for bed linen, clothes, or even shoes. 

Side Table

Both side tables are adorned with matching lamps. The sheer fabric on the lampshades add a soft touch to the master bedroom.


Ayet also maximized the small bathroom by installing a full-height wall mirror. This mirror visually enlarges the limited space. 

She also installed a counter cabinet underneath the onyx stone lavatory. This cabinet can be used for keeping toiletries or cleaning supplies. 


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