Homes don’t just have to be made up of the usual rooms. Yes, we all need kitchens and bathrooms, bedrooms and living area, but you can also add fun spaces like cozy corners and secret spaces, or a functional option like a multi-use table.
1. Cozy Corners
In many apartment floorplans there can be awkward spaces that don’t seem to be useful, which is where the ideas for Cozy Corners can come in handy. Here are some ideas on how to create a great reading nook, meditation area, play area or place for your favourite things.
Meditation space: For those of us who lead busy lives, this meditation space that has been slotted into the space between the inside and the outside is the perfect place to stop and recalibrate.
Designed by: 0932
The window seat: The corner of this window area has been turned into a stylish, and comfortable area to sit back and relax with a good book, your iPad or a nice glass of wine.
Designed by: 0932
Tea for Two: This pared back living area has a clever platform designed to create the perfect spot for a calming cup of tea. The Japanese inspiration includes additional storage, and a table that can be folded away to create more space for relaxation.
Designed by: Dots 'N' Tots Interior Group
Lounging Around: Sometimes you don’t want to sit on the sofa, you just want to totally relax and lounge around. The balcony area of this apartment has been opened up to create a cozy spot to just crash out on a beanbag.
Designed by: The Interior Lab
Fantasy Farmland: We all need a touch of fantasy in our lives, and this delicious study and reading space is a total farmland fantasy with fluffy sheep, wide blue skies, and even ‘rocks’ for seats.
Designed by: Starry Homestead
Pastel Perfection: This soft and calming space is a combination of a study and a reading area. With its pretty pastel colours and soft furnishings it would be easy to relax and restore yourself here.
Designed by: Mr Shopper Studio
2. Multi-function Furniture
In smaller apartments items like built-ins and multi-function furniture pieces can make a huge difference to how you can use the space you have in a fun and functional way. Here are some clever examples of how to do it …
Designed by: Fuse Concept
From dinner to drinks: This kitchen has made clever use of a disappearing dining table that folds sideways to create a bar space. Two spaces in one.
Designed by: IDID Pte Ltd
Disappearing dining: In a very clever design, this small apartment’s living space goes from lounge only to dining room with just the movement of a few pieces of custom-built furniture. Especially cool is the use of mirrors to create more light in the space, and the built-in seats!
Designed by: IDID Pte Ltd
Tucked-away table: To create a more open area in the entryway and kitchen, this studio apartment has a handy additional table that tucks way over the top of the kitchen island. Use it when you need more prep space for cooking, or as a study desk.
Designed by: Aart Boxx Interior
3. Secret Spaces
Secret space can be anything from clever storage in platforms, to cupboards that both look great but can also be used as room dividers or display areas. Here are a few fabulous ideas to try…
Clever concealment: Is it a wall? A TV space? A storage cupboard? It’s actually all three. The clever use of sliding panels allows this wall to display art, work as a TV room, and also store away books and other bits and pieces.
Designed by: Neu Konceptz
Now you see it; now you don’t: This custom built bed unit includes a smart drop-and-flip function that turns a kid’s study desk into an extra bed for when friends come to stay.
Designed by: Chapter B
Secret storage: Have a platform bed? Need more storage? Easy … Just add some streamlined under-floor storage like this (above) to solve all your storage needs. And because it’s hidden on the other side of the bed, no one will ever know it’s there.
Designed by: KDOT Associates
Cabinet of curiosities: This beautiful custom cabinet has been designed to hide away everything behind a beautiful feature wall of fine timber; then opened up to display art and collectibles, and even a television.
Designed by: Icon Interior Design
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