From a sofa and a shelf...
When Function Meets Design
How to Optimize Small Living Spaces
Micro-living is a popular new term that refers to micro-apartments being built in densely populated cities all over North America. Typically, a micro-apartment is a one-room living space designed to accommodate a kitchen, a living and sleeping area and a bathroom. Most of these apartments range from 350 square feet to 450 square feet and seem to be the ideal solution to the affordable housing crisis facing many major cities. These new residences usually offer occupants access to communal areas such as a gym, patio, pool and garden.
How is it possible to fit a bed, a desk, a full kitchen and a closet into such a tiny space?
The key is using multifunctional furniture that helps save space and optimize every square inch.
With a few key innovative solutions, micro-apartments can easily be transformed into efficient and well-organized living spaces.
We invite you to discover all the solutions we offer to optimize small living spaces:
NEW FOLDAWAY BED MECHANISMS CONVENIENTLY DISAPPEAR WHEN NOT IN USE
For maximum versatility, a foldaway bed is a must. Commonly known as a Murphy bed, this next generation of folding bed systems operate with pistons for easy and safe opening and closing. Designed with wood slats, they can house a 12-inch thick mattress.
By night, the bed occupies the middle of a room, promising a restful night’s sleep. By day, it folds away into a storage unit or sofa, freeing up plenty of space and converting it into a study or living room. This is a quick and convenient way to repurpose a room and adapt to changing needs, day and night. Add some floating shelves and you have additional storage and night tables.
TRANSFORM ANY LIVING SPACE TO SUIT YOUR NEEDS WITH VERSATILE TABLE MECHANISMS
Flexible and multifunctional, a pull-out table can easily change the core function of a room by creating additional temporary space. Use as needed, as a makeshift work surface, an area to eat, prepare meals or fold laundry. Sliding or folding, pull-out tables are perfect for small spaces and when not in use they are easy to tuck away into a drawer-size space.
Having guests in a micro-apartment could be daunting, but with adaptable table mechanisms that transform furniture to create extra space, there’s nothing to it. A countertop extension is a great way to expand a prep area or set up a bar. A console table turns into a dining table for eight by simply sliding it and adding the extra panels.
OPLA-TOP - Countertop Extension Mechanism
OPLA-TOP is an extendible countertop that's installed in the same space usually occupied by a drawer hidden behind a hinged panel. Once the mechanism is pulled out, the surface adjusts to the same height as the counter, effectively giving you an additional 20'' of work area. The surface can match the existing countertop or be made from another countertop material.Read more
SLIDE - Diagonal Sliding Countertop Extension Mechanism
Installed over the top of a kitchen island, SLIDE creates an elevated surface that slides diagonally to extend the countertop providing additional space as needed. You can use this convenient extra space as additional seating for up to four people, a serving area or a bar when entertaining.Read more
MAXIMIZING SPACE WITH CLEVER STORAGE AND ORGANIZATION
Make use of every nook and inch of space with these clever and essential pull-out storage accessories. Keep things organized and easily accessible by bringing the contents out to you so you can see everything at a glance.
Storage and organization is high on everyone's wish list, especially when space is limited. Keeping surfaces clutter free by maximizing the available space in a cabinet and drawer. Nowadays these accessories offer an added design element as well by being both stylish and practical.
PANASONIC - Pull-Down Cabinet System
A cluttered work surface limits the space used for cooking or preparation. This mechanism, installed at the rear of an upper cabinet, can be pulled down easily and smoothly and gives you instant access to all the spices and smaller utensils you might need during meal preparation.Read more
E-CARGO - Recycling Center with Soft-Close Mechanism
E-CARGO Recycling Center with Orion gray bins adds a clean and trendy look that blends with your kitchen interior. The Orion gray covered slides help avoid an accumulation of dust and ensure a longer product life. Over-extension slides provide complete access to bins while the lid prevents odors from escaping and provides additional space for recycling large flat items such as newspapers.Read more
STRAIGHTLINE - Modular Wood Divider System
Increase efficiency in the kitchen with well-organized cabinet interiors and drawers. In just a few minutes, you can combine trays, dividers, boxes and holders allowing for the ultimate freedom in drawer organization. Balancing practicality with a clean and contemporary design, STRAIGHTLINE is offered in rich tones of birch, walnut and black ash with an elegant woodgrain texture.Read more
SPACE-SAVING POCKET AND SLIDING DOORS
A regular hinged door takes up a lot of space. In a micro-living unit, a pocket door or a barn door sliding system can save space. Such a feature serves as a design element as well as a functional one since the door panels can be made from almost any material.
Coplanar Sliding System EKU-FRONTINO 20 H FS
The EKU-FRONTINO 20 H FOR SLIDE is a bottom running sliding system for two coplanar wooden doors weighing up to 44 lb (20 kg) each. The system allows you to ergonomically open two flush mounted furniture doors and gently slide them across each other.Read more
Coplanar Sliding System EKU-FRONTINO 20 H OS FS
The EKU-FRONTINO 20 H FOR SLIDE UP system is a top running sliding system for two coplanar doors weighing up to 44 lb (20 kg) each. The system allows you to ergonomically open two flush mounted furniture doors and gently slide them across each other. The fitting is installed easily, quickly and securely while the self-closing mechanism provides a particularly soft closure.Read more
HAWA Concepta 25 - Pivot and Slide-In Pocket Door System
The HAWA Concepta 25 is an innovative pivot and slide-in pocket door system for single doors weighing up to 25 kg (55 lb) each. The mechanism is engineered with a retractable device that assists to pull the door into the pocket area and a dampening system that moves the door smoothly and quietly without the need for a floor guide. The mechanism requires a very small 73 mm (2 7/8") x 50 mm (2") space inside the pocket. The doors can be easily adjusted from the front outside of the pocket area.Read more
HAWA-Folding Concepta 25 Tall - Bifold Slide-In Pocket
The HAWA-Folding Concepta 25 puts on a great show as an impressive quick-change artist. It makes complete cabinet fronts of up to 2.8 m in width (even without a center section) disappear flush with the outer face with a simple twist. The future of creative application designs is literally wide open; from an alcove in the bedroom to a utility room in the bathroom or a kitchen, the freedom of design is virtually limitless.Read more
SKUDO - Sliding Pocket Door System
A new generation of pocket door hardware and frames for wood, light metal and hollow metal solutions. Fully assembled or knock-down frames with optional soft-close function. Improved design enables intuitive selection, facilitates installation and provides worry-free performance.Read more
Richelieu's SMART LIVING® concept allows you to optimize any living environment at home, at the office as well as commercial applications such as a hotel and restaurant using multifunctional and ergonomic products to make them more versatile and comfortable.