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4 Space-Saving Solutions for Your Small Space

Create an efficient and functional space with the help of these ideas

Photography: Kurt Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions (Main Photo)

One of the challenges of living in a small space has always been how to maximize every inch of space while filling the house with the things that you need. Do not feel overwhelmed as there are clever space-saving techniques that you can do.

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Create an entrance

Regardless of how small the space is, you must create a mini-foyer or entrance hallway where guests can enter without immediately seeing your private sleeping area. You can enclose a private space using dividers. Aside from these must-haves, you can also use large potted plants and curtains to segregate spaces.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires.

Opt for an L-shaped layout

A customized, L-shaped sofa works better than a standard sofa, because it can be pushed into a corner to save space, and has more lounging potential for additional guests.

Photo by Marc Jao.

Maximize cabinets

You may opt for dividers that have shelves and cabinets. These pieces help define territories while allowing simultaneous activities like sleeping in one area and eating in another. 

White Cabinet, P28,950, Dimensione.

Create a focal point

Add pizzaz to your home by having an area where you can go all-out with the accessories and decor pieces. You may add plants and quirky pieces in the bathroom. You may also spruce up the kitchen using backsplashes and mosaic tiles.

Photo by Marc Jao.

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