Small Spaces 127 Stories

Folding Designs Make the Most of Your Space
Remember folding tables? Many of us grew up with one in our homes. It had a simple design: Its two leaves could collapse down, leaving just a narrow central worktop, with legs neatly stowed beneath. When folded up, it left masses of space free, but could...
Houzz Tour: Going Off the Grid in 140 Square Feet
Once you get past the size of Vina Lustado’s $40,000 house, which is 140 square feet, two things may still surprise you. One, she designed and built the house to be her home for life. “It’s not temporary. I’m never leaving,” Lustado...
Houzz Tour: Lofty Ambitions Transform a Manhattan Apartment
Brendan Crane was looking for a place to call his own in Manhattan, but each apartment he visited fell below his expectations or above his budget. “I had a hard time finding an apartment that I felt was worth the cost...
10 Tips for Chic Little Bathrooms
While we might dream of a big bathroom in which we can splash around a double walk-in shower, triple basin and huge, freestanding tub, the reality is that many of have little more than a handkerchief-size space to play with. Fear not, though: There is...
Houzz Tour: Scandinavian Style in a Central London Flat
Cate St. Hill had already updated her two-bedroom flat in central London six years ago when she shared the space with some school friends. But when her friends moved out and her boyfriend moved in last summer, it was time for a new update to transform...
10 Tips to Make a Small Bedroom Look Great
Planning a small bedroom can be fun (honestly). With the right design tips and techniques, you can turn your snug room into a dreamy retreat. From clever storage solutions to multitasking furniture, these great ideas will breathe new life into your compact...
Houzz Tour: A Wee Home Grows in a Scottish Garden
Following the success of a project making sustainable garden furniture using a young, local workforce, home builder Jennifer Hope was keen to expand the concept. “I wanted to build on the idea of combining ecofriendly design with local skills,”...
A Creative Studio Welcomes Family Projects
Creative families need creative spaces. For Autumn Sproles; her husband, Chris Stutsman; and their two homeschooled children, that meant a studio addition that would accommodate playing with Lego bricks, banging on drums, stenciling T-shirts,...
How to Design and Lay Out a Small Living Room
All small spaces present design challenges, but as the living room is where you probably spend the most time (and certainly the one guests experience the most of), designing a small one can be especially tricky. How do you strike a balance between making...
Cute, Cook-Friendly Cottage Kitchens
I drool over cottage kitchens, but then, my husband does most of the cooking. (I cooked for the first 25 years, so it seemed only fair that he cook for the next 25.) Naturally, his response to cottage kitchens is distinctly different from mine. Where...
28 Great Homes Smaller Than 1,000 Square Feet
Home size is a tricky thing. What seems small to one person can feel like a palace to another. But after looking at these homes — which range in size from 68 square feet (seriously) to 980 square feet — it’s easy to see that what goes into making...
Houzz Tour: Clever Storage Ideas From a Manhattan Duplex
Creative storage is an art form that takes a calculated approach to hiding things and still having them be accessible. Architectural designers at raad studio struck the right balance with custom...
16 Ways to Get More From Your Small Backyard
Big cities have a lot going for them, but spacious backyards aren’t one of them. Designers in high-density places like San Francisco and New York have long dealt with getting homeowners the most bang for their buck when it comes to their compact homes,...
Modern Alternatives to Cottage Decor
Sure, your cottage is adorable and cozy. But that doesn’t mean you have to decorate it in typical cottage style. If your decorating bent is more modern, go for it; your cottage will happily acquiesce.
8 Challenges of Cottage Living
In a past ideabook I discussed the benefits of cottage living. Now it’s time to flip the coin, so to speak, and discuss the challenges that cottage dwellers...
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