I have just been commissioned to come up with a design for a studio flat in Budapest so I’m very excited! Its just a room at the moment but will be converted into a studio which will double as a holiday home for my client and for him to rent out when he’s not using it. It got me thinking about various tricks you can use to make a tiny space liveable in but not feel claustrophobic.
This room is long and narrow, so lends itself well to be partitioned into separate living areas (the photo has been taken from the kitchen, which is fitted along the wall out of shot). Curtains can be drawn to separate the bedroom area. Pale neutrals and restrained patterns will make the space look larger, and perspex furniture will keep it looking light and airy.
If you have enough ceiling height, a platform is a great space-saving idea. Here the kitchen and dining area is raised up on the platform, and the bed can be pulled out from below the sofa. Additional storage has been fitted into the steps, which have been designed to open.
If you have a very small space, the ideal solution is to fit all the kitchen equipment into a cupboard. Culshaw Bell does really stylish, albeit pricey versions: an integrated sink, taps, microwave, fridge, granite worktop, and storage is all hidden behind the doors, and costs about £4,400. They also have a retro-style version. However there are cheaper alternatives available, which you can customize with your own doors.
If you are lucky enough to have really tall ceilings, a mezzanine sleeping section is the way to go. It will need to be installed professionally so will be expensive but will definitely add value. You will also be able to build cupboards into the stairs for that all important extra storage.
Strategically placed mirrors will give the illusion of more space. Here, a full length mirror is placed in a plain frame to make it look as if you are looking through an open doorway.
When choosing furniture for a studio, try to find as many items with multiple uses as possible. This folding table cleverly doubles as artwork. If you are good at DIY, you could attempt a homemade version
Finally, when planning the bathroom, keep it simple and chic and choose the smallest sanitaryware you can get away with. Here the wow factor is provided by the black shower fittings, accessories and feature wall, offset by the plain white tiles on the walls and around bath. One style of tile will achieve the minimalist look, and as the space will be small you can afford to splurge on expensive, luxe products.
If you would like help with designing your holiday home or flat abroad, you can email me on firstname.lastname@example.org with details of your project. And as I offer an online service, you don’t need to live in the Eastbourne area, to take advantage of it!