Feeling the squeeze? These cabinet rooms, storage walls, and sliding doors partition living and sleeping areas while eking out more space.
How do you create more room when you can’t expand your floor plan? The inventive bedroom boxes below crack the code.
Architect Rebal Knayzeh and his wife loved their 1000-square-foot, open-plan loft in San Francisco, but as their newborn grew into a toddler and his toy collection swelled accordingly, they became pressed for more space. After weighing the cost of relocating against that of adding square feet, Knayzeh devised a clever solution in the form of a hybrid “cabinet room.” The 75-square-foot cube creates a bedroom for the child and entertainment space for the adults—as well as much-needed storage space for everyone.
After buying a worn-down, 244-square-foot apartment in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the owner Achille—a young bachelor—stripped away the wallpaper, hauled in his temporary furniture, and spent a couple months living in the small space to let it guide the design direction. After some time, he envisioned a renovation with space-saving solutions that would retain and celebrate the rough-hewn character of the original apartment. He enlisted the help of French architecture and interior design practice Batiik Studio to bring his ideas to life.
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