Small Space Solutions From People Who’ve Been There, Done That


If you want to make the most of a small property, it pays to learn from others. We’ve scoured our Houzz Tours and picked out some of the best ideas to help you plan your space and maximise every centimetre.
This compact kitchen is used for the owner’s jam-making business, so it had to be extremely functional. The designer, Jasper Middleton, design director of Middleton Bespoke, made the most of every millimetre of space. He even managed to squeeze an island into the room by designing one that measures just 1050 mm x 490 mm. It’s smaller than usual, but still provides an extra work surface and handy storage.
The cabinets here are custom made, but it’s possible to do something similar with freestanding pieces. Be creative and look for slim console tables that can be repurposed as an island, or a narrow chest of drawers that could be fitted with your own worktop.
When we’re positioning furniture, we often use walls with uninterrupted surfaces and tend to ignore the ones with windows on them. However, if you want to maximise space, consider using the area below a window. In this open-plan flat, designer Amit Malhotra of Aflux tucked a sofa bed into the window alcove. It fits neatly below the sill to create a sunny seating area that transforms into a sleeping zone when guests stay over.  


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