East Village StudioContemporary Home Office, New York
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Imagine if this room had been furnished with a sofa and two chairs, or a sofa and love seat. It would have looked cluttered and crowded. Even though this loft is small — maybe especially because it’s small — a sectional is the perfect solution.
Another great use of space is illustrated here, where there clearly was a need for more than just a single desk. Again, this room serves three functions: office, TV room and living area.
2. Get a corner desk that doesn’t scream “office.” A built-in corner workstation with storage makes the most of space without calling too much attention to itself — something a plasticky desk from the office store could never do. Choosing a natural wood surface helps the desk feel like another piece of living room furniture.Budget tip: Want a custom corner desk without the custom price tag? Consider building your own using basic Ikea kitchen pieces — you can choose your own countertop material, cabinet style and so on to get the perfect size for your space.
The living room in this studio apartment doubles as a home office. It works because the desk is integrated into its surroundings and sports matching finishes, so you're not immediately aware that you're looking at a desk. (It helps that the top is neat.) The desk chair maintains the illusion, appearing more residential than commercial. Note the use of storage cubes in lieu of a conventional coffee table; they can also double as seating when friends pay a visit.
Look for Opportunities to CustomizeJPDA Creative Director Darrick Borowski applauds density and supports living on a smaller footprint. "I don't think the microunits necessarily have to equate to a reduction of living standards," he says. "It can certainly lead to that, but it doesn't have to. Although the skeptic in me is concerned how these units will benefit landowners and people with money, another part of me looks at this as an opportunity to create small homes that are bespoke and reflect the way people are living in cities like San Francisco."Borowski points to Michael Pozner's studio, here, as a great example of a space with hardworking multiuse and disappearing furnishings. "His desk space determined so much of the design around it and really reflected the client's needs," he says. "He worked there, had meetings there, but its professional function could also disappear, and the space could turn into an entertainment center, a bar for food and drinks."
14. Use your window coverings to regulate temperature. During the summer months, close up windows and shades to keep the apartment cooler during the heat of the day. Fling open the windows during the evenings to refresh the air and let in a cool breeze.15. Hang blackout curtains. This add-on for curtains or shades doesn't just keep it dark in the bedroom in the morning, it can also help insulate your apartment.
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7. Recessed alcove Recessed shelves and alcoves can be used to set objects into walls or joinery, reducing the physical and visual space they consume. Here, the television has been recessed into an alcove, diminishing clutter. In addition, a panel of joinery stretches the length of the room while the built-in desk also helps to maximise functionality and liveability. A mirror at the end of the room enhances both light and visual space.