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4 Important Factors to Prioritize When Living in a Small Space

Interior designer Carmen Lim-Regala shares helpful insights to help you live comfortably in a limited space

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Photography: At Maculangan

No small space is too small to live in. If you set your priorities, you can maximize the floor area of the different rooms at home.

“Small spaces are challenging yet amusing at the same time. Every square meter is important and every inch counts so whatever you put in your small home matters," shares interior designer Carmen Lim-Regala. Keep in mind these four important factors that you need to consider.

Lifestyle

Your space should match your hobbies, passions, and lifestyle. Are you often out of the house or do you usally invite friends for sleepovers? Are you starting a family or do you have pets at home? Answering these questions will help you determine the pieces and elements that you need in your space.

“If you’re always at work, then it’s advisable to get a comfy bed. If you have kids at home, add tables to their play room so they can have a special place where they can do school work," Carmen suggests.

Storage

Proper storage doesn't mean sticking to huge cabinets! Carmen suggests going for clever storage solutions. "One trick I do with storage is to make 'invisible' doors by way of camouflage. For example, I designed a layered wall that acts as an accent—without people noticing that it's also a door to my cabinet," Carmen shares.

Safety

If you have little ones at home, safety should be one of your primary concerns. Consider purchasing furniture with rounded edges in lieu of pieces with sharp corners. Keep fragile items on the topmost shelves and keep sharp objects inside cabinets. You should also consider covering electrical sockets to avoid accidents.

Click here for more ways to childproof your home.

Proportion

Measure your space and make sure that you purchase items that fit in the available space. To ensure a perfect fit, you may also have some of your furniture customized. Just make sure you measure the space accurately. “Customize if you must. It will give you that overall balanced look while serving the same function as ready made furniture,” Carmen explains.

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