The cube box concept is no new to the interior design industry, but it is unquestionably the most brilliant space saving solution for small spaces. The idea is to place the box in one of the corners and dedicate this area to the most frequently used functions. Usually the box would contain the kitchen – bathroom – bedroom trio, which is also a great way to hide all the cables and pipes. This was their choice too, when turning this small studio into a one bedroom flat.
They used one of my favorite tricks in the living room. To keep your spaces interesting on the long term, and save yourself from boredom, I suggest you chose a neutral color palette for your basic furnishing, because it can be easily changed and cheered up with new accessories, rugs or curtains. If the owner got bored of geometrical shapes, he could easily change the look to anything else, simply by replacing the rug and the cushion covers. Clever design in the first place, gives you a great flexibility and freedom in the future. Our taste changes all the time, and the seasonal trends set by the industry doesn’t help it either, so I believe it’s best to have the option to easily change your surroundings, if you want to.
As it’s a small flat, the space under the windows was built in with useful storage in a remarkably stylish way – you can use it as a sofa, extra seat for guests, reading nook, stare-out-of-the-window-on-a-rainy-winter-morning-corner and many other ways too :)
Don’t you worry about the radiators, those will be perfectly fine in any other place too, e.g.: behind the doors. Back in the day, when the wind came through the window like it wasn’t even there, it was important to place them under the windows to heat that cold air straight away, but with these new windows, that’s not the case anymore (and if you decide to renovate the flat, it’s worth changing the windows if they are really old – it will save you loads on the long term).
It is useful (and seriously cool) to use built in bookshelves or wardrobes instead of walls. I mean, when you got no extra space you need every inch, don’t you? They’re just as good as walls, as they divide the space and provide some sound isolation too.
I’d like to highlight that a table for 5 fits in this tiny space with no compromise. I think this is pretty awesome.
A compact mini-kitchen, but you have everything you might need here, plus it’s easy to keep it tidy.
They managed to fit a mini home office in the bedroom. Although I don’t like to dedicate the bedroom for anything else, but sleeping, when you short on space, sometimes you need to compromise. It is very clever to use the space available above the desk – some storage shelves were placed here surrounded by the white wardrobe, so light, you wouldn’t even notice it’s there when working here. Brilliant!
Be brave and use shelves, even if you’re messy – they provide a light and airy feeling, quite the opposite of closed cupboards – BUT, organize your stuff in paper storage folders, boxes or baskets. Note: always take precise measurements before buying these, as they look best when they fit perfectly in the space available – just like a drawer ;)
The bedroom’s really small, but very lovely. They used the space above the bed to create some space for stuff you would need overnight and lights are hanging above your head, so the door can be opened. But it is all very allright.
Below use can see the 3D visuals for the room:
The bathroom has wonderful hidden storage possibilities, but almost no one uses them, sadly. The space above the door (if any) and above the bathtub is precious and should be built in with storage which will suck up and hide loads of clutter. It is also a good way of locking away dangerous chemicals from the children, e.g.: household & cleaning products.
Besides its function, I find those chunky rectangles truly stylish.
This flat isn’t my work, the pictures are from Elle Decoration, photographed by Romain Ricard. However, if you’d like a nicely styled scandi flat with awesome everything-fits storage, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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