Smart solutions for tight spaces

After over 2 years of dating, two of my good friends are taking the next step and moving in together. Of course I couldnt be more happy for them, but immediately my mind began buzzing with solutions for their new cohabitation. You see, the space they are moving into is a studio and albeit a nice size, (in fact its about the same size as the 1 bedroom I share with my boyfriend) it will still require some creative solutions for maximizing their space. Here are some design solutions and neat products that could help anyone trying to make the most of limited space…while still looking chic of course.

Picture Table

Nice normal table which in a very sleek way attaches to the way. Cool huh? Oh it gets better.

Bam! Didnt see that one coming did you? The table/picture frame is designed by IvyDesign and is meant to function as a kitchen table but can easily be folded up to create extra space when needed.

While the concept isnt new, I do applaud the beautiful design of IvyDesign’s Picture Table. If someone wanted they could even make their own by securely hinging a table to the wall and having hinges on the legs.

Craft Pod/Instant Workstation

From the wonderful site, Ikea Hacker comes this great idea for creating a expanding and collapsing craft pod or workstation.

When it comes to living with your partner, you need to make sure both people have a space to call their own. With my friends that are moving in together, he already lives in the apartment and has a desk set up, but his girlfriend will need a space of her own. I love this idea because it can easily fold up and sit against a wall but when she needs to work on her computer or craft, she can pull it out and roll up a chair and shes good to go!

Bookcase Room Divider

Its a common solution but hey, its common for a reason, it works! Studios especially often need to be divided so that if one person is staying up later than the other, they dont have to worry about disturbing them. While you can do some beautiful dividers with curtains, they dont provide much function. When living in a tight space, creating storage is always key, so using a slim bookcase as a room divider is the perfect fix!

Wonder Hangers

Ok I know youve all seen the latenight infomericals for these hangers, but let me tell you these actually work! I use a bunch of these in my closet and its given me twice the space (which I promptly filled up with twice the clothes). Sharing a closet can always be tricky and girls often have a lot of items that need to be hung up, so these can be a real life saver.

My only tip would be to organize your clothes into categories to make it easier to sort. For example, I’ll use one set all for dresses, another for sweaters and another for dress shirts.

You can pick these up online or at Bed Bath and Beyond.

So those are just a few solutions I came up with today. Im going to keep brainstorming ideas for small spaces and posting cool products as I see them. If you have any small space solutions please send them my way!


3 Responses to “Smart solutions for tight spaces”

  1. 1 Jastastic January 14, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    thanks Seana– keep em coming!

    I am pretty nervous about the lack of closet space in Miro’s apartment… we saw those hangers on TV and I literally screamed. so awesome.

    we’re working on the apartment this weekend so I’ll let you know if I have any space-saving epiphanies.

  2. 2 Becky January 15, 2010 at 12:47 am

    Bwahaha! I are inspirational.

    Like I was telling you on your FB, I’m most excited for the outdoor space. It’s a wee little porch, but I’m going to make it into my own little wonder garden! I better learn how to garden. You grow herbs (the kind that don’t cause munchies, of course)…you must teach me your ways, miss Seana.

    And the closet space thing, yes. We’re both going through all of our clothes and throwing out stuff we haven’t worn in over a year (except formal wear, of course), but I just keep trying to rationalize keeping everything. He walked into my apartment yesterday to measure my furniture and as soon as he walked in the door, he looked at the pile of shoes and asked “How many of those are yours?” I think this means I need to cut down my shoe collection, too.

  3. 3 liz February 27, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    How can I do a partition[ removable] but one that I can make secure from an occupant that comes in the front door to the basement??Just wondering.

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