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9 Small Space Tips from Real Living Editors

Learn to live large in a tiny home with our basic yet effective tips

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno (Main Photo)

Since the first issue of Real Living magazine was published in July 2003, our team has seen our fair share of small homes. We have marvelled at the industrial style of an 18sqm condo in Katipunan, highlighted the versatility of a 23sqm condo in Manila, and featured countless other studio and one-bedroom units in between.

While the floor area measurements and other design elements may vary greatly from one space to another, one thing remains the same: each owner of every small place truly made the most of what he or she had.

Inspired by the charm and character of our favorite small spaces, we have decided to share some of our favorite ways to improve any tiny home.

Move furniture around

"Proper furniture layout can give you a comfortable tiny home."  Cielo

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Create more space by donating always

"For a spacious home, donate things that you no longer use! Give your pre-loved clothes, shoes, books, and other pieces to the people that may need it more."  Therese

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Use walls instead of floors

"Utilize vertical space! With the help of mounted shelves, I can make my room look organized by displaying my book collection."  Bea

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Experiment with strong shades

"You can apply bold color to a small space. Even black. It just depends on how brave you are.”  Rachelle

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Keep, donate, and throw

"Avoid clutter by doing a regular inventory of things you have (to keep, to donate, to throw). Also, create interesting vignettes that have stories to tell. What good is a large house if it looks like a model unit that has no character?"  Sunshine

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Invest in pieces that can be used in different ways

"Use multi-purpose furniture."  Kaye

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Use your imagination

"Forget that your space is tiny! Change your perspective about tiny spaces."  Tala

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Order customized furniture for a better fit

"It’s better to customize your furniture for small spaces than buying off the floor."  Paula

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Choose a bed with hidden storage

"Having recently downsized to a smaller condo, I have learned to appreciate furniture that serves a dual purpose, like my platform bed with large drawers underneath. So, if you’re living in a small home, find pieces that can really help you maximize your space."  Tom

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