This Lower East Side apartment makes 432 sq. ft. of space go a long way with a few simple tricks. Clutter-free surfaces, bright pops of color on a neutral background and a mirrored wall that bounces back natural light back all make the studio appear larger than it really is.
If you’re looking for some professional help maximizing your tiny apartment, take a page from this model apartment seen at the Museum of the City of New York. Highlighting NYC’s new micro housing plans, the installation featured the latest in transforming, double-duty furniture and could be configured in a number of ways to suit the needs of the inhabitants.
We really have to hand it to Felice Cohen for taking her teensy weensy 90 sq. ft. Manhattan studio and making it livable. See how Ms. Cohen transformed her claustrophobic living area and box-like sleeping loft into a well-organized, and even comfy, abode.
Specht Harpman Architects was called in to revamp this unusually tiny 425 sq. ft. apartment, and decided to make use of its 25-ft ceilings. Their solution was to transform the single level home into a light-filled, multi-floor micro loft with rooftop deck access. The storage gained underneath all of the added levels was just icing on the cake for the owners.
Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean you can’t have big style, and Suzy West’s Brooklyn studio is a great example of this. Measuring in at just 200 sq. ft., West’s apartment is thoughtfully adorned with vintage accents and statement pieces that also do double-duty as storage.
Photographer Michelle James was able to see the bright side (a lot less cleaning) when she downsized from a 1,500 square foot condo in Los Angeles to a 311 square foot one-bedroom in the West Village, and she decked her new apartment out so nicely that she hardly missed the extra space. Utilizing bold colors and innovative storage solutions, James was able to create a comfy retreat in the heart of one of New York’s most expensive neighborhoods.
Upper West Sider Adrian hired designer West Chin to make his tiny apartment (which hadn’t been renovated since the 1950s) more livable. Chin updated the place with classy, elegant finishes and built-in storage, transforming the run-down room into a modern, but still warm, place to call home.
Although it’s just a concept, Bernheimer Architecture and LevenBetts’ “MicroGreens” apartment is an intriguing design that we think would be really popular if it ever came to fruition. Every tiny unit has its own edible garden as well as access to a shared vertical greenhouse, creating so much quality communal space that residents might not even care that their actual apartments are a little tight.