10 Small Space Tech Tips to Steal
From Hotels

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It's no surprise that as a technology contributor to Apartment Therapy, I'm constantly on the lookout for new tech ideas while traveling. As someone who's lived in a string of small apartments, I'm especially intrigued by the ways that designers incorporate tech into another kind of small space that has to serve a lot of functions — the hotel room.

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From the Opus Hotel in Vancouver, I picked up the following tips from my rather lovely suite:

  1. Use technologies like TV and audio systems to help divide the room into separate work, social, and sleep zones.
  2. Offer an iPad to guests that help them take advantage of what the neighborhood has to offer (great for the amount of friends and family I entertain).
  3. Use wallpaper and faux architectural details to help make control panels for lighting & temperature less obvious without concealing them too much.
  4. When wall mounting TVs, make sure the mount is flexible enough to accommodate various viewing positions.
  5. Provide multi-use tools for charging devices, like charging docks that also provide sound and video output.
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On the very small side of the spectrum, I stayed in a capsule hotel, the Yotel Hotel in London at Heathrow. Since it's a capsule hotel, space must be well used in order to provide for guest needs. Here are a few ideas I spotted.

  1. Be strategic about shelving placement, especially near the outlets. This shelf provides a built-in place for your phone while it's charging and a defacto landing strip.
  2. Hang everything that can be hung. This includes everything from the technology to the seating.
  3. Think about what you'll be doing in various areas of the room and place technology and outlets where they will best support that.
  4. Take advantage of the underside of shelves and various technology components to add lighting.
  5. If everything has a place, including the remotes, they are less likely to get lost.

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Joelle loves technology and making things and is in an almost perpetual state of problem solving. She's quite fond of airplanes and coffee and is pretty sure she will eventually read all of the books in her library.