Monday, December 9, 2013
The more expensive space becomes, the smaller the area available too, particularly in residential condominium homes. Most condominium developers have studio units for sale, which can be described as apartments without partitions or room dividers, and they take up a smaller area compared to their multiple-room counterparts.
The space of a studio unit is usually around 20 square meters, which fits all the essentials of a regular home, from kitchen to bedroom. Studio units are great investments as weekday homes for students and professionals alike. Smaller spaces such as these are definitely cheaper, but to get the most out of your investment it’s important to use your space wisely and maximize on its true potential.
For a 20 square meter complete home, creating effective multi-use spaces is an absolute must. Kitchen and dining areas can be combined by integrating a breakfast bar in your compact kitchen. The breakfast bar can serve the dual purpose of kitchen prep area and dining table. The bedroom and living areas can also coexist by incorporating a daybed or sofa bed into the space. This way, the daybed can function as a roomy sofa during the day and a comfortable bed at night.
With a small space, floor area is all-important. Avoid taking up floor space unnecessarily - instead, take advantage of your studio unit’s vertical space. Built-in storage should go all the way up to the ceiling. Forego an entertainment cabinet for your flat screen TV, as this will only waste space. Go for a wall-mounted TV instead.
Having actual walls in a studio unit will only make it cramped and uncomfortable to live in. If you must absolutely divide your space, go for see-through dividers. Glass and acrylic are good material options. Alternatively, you may use double-duty dividers. A display shelf or a bookshelf also make good partitions and storage units for your studio. - Aislinn Kee