The popularity of city living has created high demand for urban living options. While a chic city townhome or luxury flat may satisfy your desire for a maintenance free lifestyle, transitioning from a large house to more compact city digs can be challenging. The “tiny house” movement, a lifestyle and philosophy that has become popular in recent years, may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it has created new ways of thinking about living space, efficient ways to use space and inspired innovative design and storage options. You may not be ready to call a 300 SF studio home, but if you’re thinking about downsizing, here are resources for maximizing the functionality of smaller living spaces.
- Pinterest.com and Houzz.com have hundreds of photos and ideas for built-in and free standing storage and furniture. Search tiny houses or living small for ideas.
- Though a little quirky, tinyhousetalk.com has some interesting, alternative ideas.
- Search Sunset.com for small home design ideas or ideas for small spaces.
- houselogic.com – a great resource for more creative storage ideas
- Most furniture stores now feature small scale or condo size furniture and functional multi-use pieces. (In the Bellevue/Seattle area visit Kasala and BoConcept)
- Wall beds immediately transition bedrooms into multi-use space. With comfortable queen or king size mattresses the designs can be customized for extra storage, office use, etc. (Search Wallbeds Northwest, California Closets, Closet Factory, Seattle Wallbeds, Northwest Closets & Wallbeds for ideas.)
When thinking about a smaller residence, consider what is needed vs. what is wanted. You may no longer need a formal dining room but prefer casual entertaining with friends and family gathered around a large kitchen island. Smaller, multi-use technology devices make it easy to convert a nook or stairway landing into home office space. Guest bedrooms double as office, den or library space. Think outside the box and have fun with the process. With a little creativity small space challenges can be easily resolved.