Small on space but big on style

Take a look at these previously cramped homes and see what can be done to increase your living space - no matter how small. These creative ideas show how any small apartment of home can be stylish and comfortable.


This studio apartment might be small, but what is lacks in size it certainly makes up for in style! The queen-sized bed is hidden out of sight of the living space with a clever design that wraps the space in a wood frame to divide the space and add a unique aesthetic. The custom bed also features plenty of underbed storage for a clutter-free space.

The original dark kitchen cabinets were replaced with custom shaker-style doors painted white to match the decor throughout the apartment. A unique dining nook made from reclaimed timber sections of the kitchen without losing the spacious feel. The wood stools were painted in metallic silver to coordinate with the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen.



If you think your home is small, take a look at this just over 2 metre wide home and you'll realise how large small can be!

This home has presented more than a few design challenges for homeowners Tom and Sarah. Before moving in the couple painted and installed new carpets to make the space move livable, but the cramped space definitely needed some modifications to open up and use the space more effectively.

Since adding more width was not an option, plans were drawn up for a three storey extension, giving them extra room on each floor. This would provide space for a dining area in their kitchen/living room, an enlarged master bedroom, and a new bedroom on the top floor, although the upper rooms have partly pitched ceilings with skylight windows.

On the upper levels, the original bedroom remains at the front of the house, while the enlarged master bedroom at the back is filled with light and offers more space for a dressing area and a shower. Built-in storage is tucked neatly behind the bed.

The top floor houses a second bathroom while a new loft area gives much-needed space for possessions.

The front entrance to the home leads directly into the main living room, which flows into the kitchen and dining area. Built in floor-to-ceiling storage shelves provide a space for books and other possessions, and slimline shaker-style kitchen cabinets provide ample storage space.

With smaller townhouse units averaging at 76 metres square, you have to be inventive and creative to make use of a small space. Cyndy at the creative exchange transformed her 76 square metres into a wonderful space filled with light. The space is kitted out with plenty of storage to contain clutter.

Ready-made kitchen cabinets form the base for DIY shelves. The new vinyl flooring planks in light, washed oak finish increase the light factor and makes for easy maintenance. What will you do to improve a cramped living space. We would love you to share your projects with Home-Dzine.