British homes are now the smallest in Europe by floor area, and the result is that many of us in the UK are having to think more creatively when it comes to decorating and furnishing the space we live in. It can be done, though, and with a little thought and imagination your home won’t have to feel cramped and oppressive. Just take a look at how well these small apartments get around the problem.
This quaint little apartment wastes none of the space available – even making use of the vertical space with a ceiling-hanging clothing rack. It also has a chest that doubles as a coffee table and storage.
A wall divider can be used to separate out your space and also provide a shelving/storage solution, much like in the example above.
This living room is small yet perfectly formed. It makes the most of the limited space with extensive use of the colour white, while the large uncovered window helps to ‘expand’ the space further.
There’s a lot packed into this studio apartment, but it all seems to fit together perfectly. You’ve got your kitchen, dinning area, living room, and bedroom – all in one tidy little space.
Even the smallest of studio apartments can be effective as a living space. This studio is cosy and comfortable, and what it lacks in size it makes up for in style.
No more room in your apartment for a bed? Then suspend it from the ceiling – it’s an unusual space-saving strategy, but it works.
With the simple addition of a wall divider, you can have your own separate bedroom space – even if it is a tad on the snug side.
A good alternative to a wall divider is to use curtains to demarcate zones in a room or apartment. Curtain separators can be used anywhere in the home but are particularly well suited to the bedroom area, giving it an air of tranquility and some privacy when needed.
When you’re dealing with limited space in your home it’s a sensible approach to fill it with dual purpose furniture. This bedroom, for example, has a bedside table that also serves as a desk.
It’s certainly compact, there’s no doubt, but this living room has everything you could possible need for a relaxing night in front of the TV.
If you don’t have room in your home for a sofa, some large floor cushions and throw pillows are an excellent alternative. Plus, they can easily be stored away when you need the space for something else.
Another studio apartment taking full advantage of curtain space dividers. The flat is simply gorgeous, and more inviting than many a roomier home could ever hope to be.
Studio apartments are often too small to accommodate a separate sofa and bed. In this situation a sofa bed is a good solution, although there are other options such as a loft bed, which can be installed above the seating area.