We all have our own notion of what a small apartment looks like. For some, 22 square meters is insufficient for anything home-related while for others this space is enough for basic living functions. But what could you do with such a small space and how can it be organized and designed so it’s most practical and comfortable to live in?
To answer those questions we’d need an example and we just found the perfect one: a small apartment located in Taipei, Taiwan. It measures only 22 square meters in total and has a height of 3.3 meters. Its interior was organized and decorated by A Little Design.
To maximize the usable space and to make the most of the apartment’s height, the designers chose to give it a mezzanine level. This is where the sleeping area is placed. There’s a set of stairs that lead up here and the sleeping area is left open in order to allow it to feel more spacious.
In fact, the entire apartment is bright and spacious despite its small dimensions. It has all the basic functions such as a kitchen, a bedroom, a lounge area, dining space and even a workspace. They all interact with each other in a seamless and natural way.
There’s also plenty of storage in here. It comes in various forms such as the open shelves placed just under the ceiling. They were positioned here so the apartment can take full advantage of its height and to save a little bit of floor space.
The clients and designers agreed that the apartment needed to look and feel open and flexible and to focus on the basics. The furniture is definitely very functional but it doesn’t stand out much. A lot of importance was also given to comfort. The apartment needed to satisfy its user’s needs.
In this case, the owner wanted to have a fully-equipped bathroom with a large tub, sufficient storage and a living room with a comfortable couch and a dining table. A kitchen also needed to be present so the designers chose an open plan design with built-in furniture and minimalist furniture.
For the bathroom, a tub and shower combo was used. This helped save space which was important especially after the layout of the room was reconfigured in order to make room for a water heater. Sliding doors and mirrors also help visually amplify this space.
The mezzanine level incorporates the bed and a desk and the stairs used to access it conceal some extra storage. The high shelves can be reached via a ladder.
Even though the apartment is small, it has a bright and airy look. Managing to make that happen wasn’t easy but the designers made sure to use every trick in the book. They chose colors that are bright and neutral such as white and natural oak for a warm and inviting ambiance and they always chose to stack things rather than to opt for a smaller version for the sake of space-efficiency and functionality.