Small Loft in Amsterdam With Secrets Hidden In Its Furniture

Ever wondered how life in a tiny home would be like? Spoiler – it’s actually not that bad, not if space is well organized and the interior design maximizes the rooms in ways that don’t get in the way of looks and style. A wonderful example which supports all of this is a small loft apartment located in Northern Amsterdam.

The kitchen and loft bed are merged into a single large unit built out of birch woodView in gallery
The kitchen and loft bed are merged into a single large unit built out of birch wood

It only measures 45 square meters across but its 3,4-meter ceiling height works wonderfully in its favor. The apartment was remodeled in 2018 and the project was a collaboration between architecture studio Heren 5 and furniture designer Paul Timmer.

The kitchen island matches the storage unit and loft bed area, maintaining a harmonious aestheticView in gallery
The kitchen island matches the storage unit and loft bed area, maintaining a harmonious aesthetic
Even though the sleeping area is practically on top of the kitchen, it has a lot of privacyView in gallery
Even though the sleeping area is practically on top of the kitchen, it has a lot of privacy
The combination of birch wood and white Corian gives the apartment a modern and clean aestheticView in gallery
The combination of birch wood and white Corian gives the apartment a modern and clean aesthetic

The apartment is located on the ground floor of the building and its floor plan was strategically organized, placing the common areas by the large windows where they get lots of sunlight and a nice view while the private spaces are hidden out of sight. A really cool feature of this apartment is the little sleeping area which sits just above the kitchen. It can be accessed via a slender staircase to the right of the kitchen module and it takes advantage of the high ceiling in a very practical and cool way.

The sleeping area can be accessed via a sleek and sculptural staircase with an origami-like designView in gallery
The sleeping area can be accessed via a sleek and sculptural staircase with an origami-like design
The sofa is placed on a platform, facing the staircase and the dining area is on its left sideView in gallery
The sofa is placed on a platform, facing the staircase and the dining area is on its left side

This loft bed isn’t the only one that this small apartment has. There’s an extra one which can be pulled out from under the platform, the one below the staircase. It stays hidden most of the time and is only used when guests stay over.

With the bedroom cleverly hidden, the rest of the apartment is just a spacious living areaView in gallery
With the bedroom cleverly hidden, the rest of the apartment is just a spacious living area
A custom built storage unit covers almost the entire wall, with a white front that lets it blend inView in gallery
A custom built storage unit covers almost the entire wall, with a white front that lets it blend in
Although the palette of colors and materials is small and limited mostly to neutrals, the apartment has a lot of characterView in gallery
Although the palette of colors and materials is small and limited mostly to neutrals, the apartment has a lot of character
The platform on which the sofa is placed hides an extra bed inside of itView in gallery
The platform on which the sofa is placed hides an extra bed inside of it
The furniture throughout the apartment was custom designed and looks very simple yet also very stylishView in gallery
The furniture throughout the apartment was custom designed and looks very simple yet also very stylish
A lot of attention was given to the little details, the elements that don't stand out yet define the apartmentView in gallery
A lot of attention was given to the little details, the elements that don’t stand out yet define the apartment
The large windows bring in lots of natural light and expose the common areas to the viewView in gallery
The large windows bring in lots of natural light and expose the common areas to the view
The gray floor and white counters complement the light wood furniture is a very harmonious wayView in gallery
The gray floor and white counters complement the light wood furniture is a very harmonious way
The bed under the platform can be pulled out, creating an extra bedroom for the guestsView in gallery
The bed under the platform can be pulled out, creating an extra bedroom for the guests