Canada's Condominium Magazine
Location over size is the current trend in urban living for singles. The condominium market seems to be adjusting to various niches. Two of the most important are becoming:
- Micro condos for singles who would rather walk to work and are willing to give up size to gain location
- Larger family-sized condos for families who want urban life but are priced out of the detached home market.
Designing for Micro Apartments
Many urban lifestyle singles (or couples) actually prefer Micro, not just because of location. Micro apartments have become increasingly popular due to their coziness and low maintenance. There’s also less to design, decorate and clean. On the other hand, you have to really optimize.
If you own or are considering owning a micro apartment, you may be wondering how to decorate in such limited space. It is true that they have far less square footage than most condos. In fact, they can be smaller than the average master bedroom. However, with a little ingenuity, they have plenty of potential.
Here’s one cardinal rule:
When designing for a small space, use premium materials and the best-quality finishes you can afford. Even tiny spaces look amazing with luxury finishes.
Here’s how beautiful a micro apartment can be:
Make use of vertical space
When horizontal space is limited, it can be beneficial to make use of the allotted vertical space — literally every inch at least on one wall or one corner. This can be done in a variety of ways. Lining a wall with cabinets, shelves, etc. can provide a great deal of extra space for displaying your prized memorabilia, tchotchkes, and décor; storing clothing and other items; etc. The great thing about micro apartments is that they are perfect for people who do not place much emphasis on materialism. No matter how minimalistic you are and how little you possess, you still need a place for your clothing, hygiene products, and any items that may hold sentimental value.
If you have some height (or even if you don’t, but you don’t mind ducking), you can also add some square footage to your micro apartment by designing and building a custom loft to fit your bed without taking up space that could be used for other purposes. For instance, the main area could be used for living, dining, and entertaining. The loft could be built as a bedroom and home office. You could even create a loft that also acts as a closet, storage, entertainment center, shelving, and more. With some creativity and imagination, the possibilities are endless.
Trundle beds are in
Trundle and murphy beds are also beneficial for increasing space. Simply pull a trundle bed out when it is needed and then slide it back in when you are finished. Murphy beds pull down from the wall, and you can push them back up to conceal them so they do not take up space. Trundle beds can be part of other beds or be hidden beneath storage units, entertainment centers, and more.
Fold-able everything: furniture, walls, everything
Invest in foldable furniture and storage units that can be converted for additional use. A single unit that can transform into two or more can save a tremendous amount of space without limiting the types of rooms you can have in your home. The right kind of unit can act as a closet, bedroom, dining room, living room, office, and more. They can also contain hidden compartments where pets can eat, sleep, play, and explore. You can purchase one from a number of online retailers, or you can create a custom unit yourself and design it according to your specific needs and space.