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 it is 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.

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.



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.

Micro-living doesn’t necessarily mean scaling your wardrobe down, so proper clothing and shoe storage is essential. Store up to 24 pairs of shoes in a revolving rack that takes up a space of only 12 cubic feet or even 54 pairs in only 18 cubic feet. 

A closet system with hangars that retract and pivot makes it possible to cascade clothes and reduce the amount of space required to store them, requiring only 8 inches of depth.
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.
With a few key innovative solutions, micro-apartments can easily be transformed into efficient and well-organized living spaces.
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