I knew what I was getting into when I bought my one room studio apartment– a converted hard loft with big windows, loads of charm…and a challenging floor plan.
The space was all I needed and suitable for my desire to live a green lifestyle. At barely 500 square feet, I thought my space was as small as it gets, but then I read this article about capsule apartments in Beijing. (If you’re speechless, I don’t blame you. But I love the young woman’s attitude.)
Compared to that “apartment,” my loft has loads of potential! But there are some cold hard facts that will influence how I rearrange my small space…
THE 5 FACTS OF MY DESIGN CHALLENGE
Truth #1: I have a lot of 60s era teak wood furniture…
…that I would have a hard time parting from. I seriously have two teak credenzas and a teak bedroom set (bed, two dressers and two nightables). My place has been nicknamed ‘House of Teak.’
Truth #2: The floors, the cupboards, the ceiling and the beams are all hardwood
All this combined with the teak means that wood colouring dominates the living space.
Truth #3: I have a queen size bed
It’s not exactly a King size beast, but I do live in a bachelor which means the bed will eat up a lot of space…unless I can find a way to mount it?
Truth #4: I have no closets
And that’s why I need two dressers and a wardrobe!
Truth #5: I cannot access my self-made closet
Okay, this one is my fault and can be fixed with a little commitment and elbow grease. I have stashed a fixer-upper wardrobe in there, so I need to find time to work on this project.
I have started sketching some potential layouts and have been researching ideas on ApartmentTherapy.com – an excellent website for creative design, especially in small spaces.
I Need Your Help!
If you have any suggestions for helping me with my design challenge, please leave your comments here. I will be updating you on the progress in a future post!
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