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Jumpstart Your Day: This Small Apartment is Every Book Lover's Dream

Live comfortably in the company of good books


A compact apartment and plenty of books are two things that may seem hard to reconcile for book lovers. How can you find a place for your favorite reads if you only have 29sqm to work with? If you're planning to move into your own space, this small yet airy Stockholm, Sweden apartment is the perfect style peg. The right color scheme and furnishings help complete the inviting vibe that anyone would love to own and come home to.

To maximize the space, the unit showcases another creative use of loft beds. Under the bed is a cozy living area with two small nesting tables and an area rug to define the space. To give the space a bright and airy feel, the picture window is kept open and enhanced by potted plants.

We especially loved the loft in this unit as it addresses the owner's book storage concerns. Instead of the usual railing and frame, it's actually a bookcase where the books are kept and displayed. To break the dominance of white in the space, the owner chose to display reads with colorful spines to serve as accents.

RL Tip: For a similar bed frame, you can ask a carpenter if he can customize it for you. You can also visit your favorite store to inquire about something similar. If you have more books to store, you can add wall-mounted shelves in the living area or a mini freestanding shelf by the window, too.

White paint and tiles are used to make the space look more airy, and bold pops of color keep it from looking too plain. A large cut-out window between the living and kitchen areas makes the whole space look bigger than it actually is.

In this apartment, you'll never run out of nooks where you can curl up with a good book. Aside from staying in the bed and living area, you can also spend a couple of minutes in the kitchen/dining area where you can read a few pages while preparing a snack.

From the door of the unit, one can see the loft and living area. To make the most of the space, the owner turned the hallway into a mini storage station for shoes and coats—the ideal spot for last-minute rituals before leaving the house.

To learn more about this pretty apartment, click here.

Source and Photos: Living in a shoebox.

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