Tips and Guides

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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Loved the photos in this story? Click here to see more photos and view the complete home tour.

More on

4 Ways to Shop for Furniture Like a Pro

Building a Starter Home

5 Decorating Ideas for a Studio Unit


Latest Stories

A Taguig Condo With Cool Storage Features And Vintage Accents

This 80sqm unit has everything that its owners need: light and airy spaces, an interesting mix of furniture, and nifty storage tricks

8 Celebrities Who Are Also Amazing Artists

From John Lloyd Cruz to Ian Veneracion, these famous faces put a new spin to being creative

Katrina Halili’s House in El Nido, Palawan

Found inside her own farm, the tranquil sanctuary features spacious rooms and an incomparable view of the lush outdoors

10 Designer-Approved Coffee Tables

Sisters Cynthia and Ivy Almario, first ladies of Philippine interior design, discuss their favorite coffee tables.

These High-End Villages Have Tripled Average Land Prices in the Last 6 Years

Do you live in one?

The Ultimate Quiapo Bargain Shopping Guide

Ready to go on a Quiapo adventure? From Ilalim ng Tulay to Plaza Miranda, you are bound to spot a budget home find. Read on for our list of stores and buyers tips.

The New Holiday Balikbayan Guest Solution: Airbnbs

They will surely feel right at home!

Your P2,000 Budget Can Afford A Mini Makeover

Turn sad corners and uninspired nooks into spaces that wow

18 No-Fail Building Materials For Your Home

These designer-recommended products would make your home last a lifetime, saving you money in the long run

You'll Love These Pieces That Combine Style and Function

An elegant blend of design and style, these picks make a great addition to any room.

All The Breathtaking Design Details At The ASEAN Summit

In photos: Pinoy design and Asian elements took center stage, from the arrival area to the closing ceremonies

This Is How To Choose The Best Products For Your Home

Top tip: seek professional advice!
Load More Stories

Get inspiring design ideas and handy hints.
Subscribe to our newsletter now!