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.
From the Opus Hotel in Vancouver, I picked up the following tips from my rather lovely suite:
- Use technologies like TV and audio systems to help divide the room into separate work, social, and sleep zones.
- 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).
- Use wallpaper and faux architectural details to help make control panels for lighting & temperature less obvious without concealing them too much.
- When wall mounting TVs, make sure the mount is flexible enough to accommodate various viewing positions.
- Provide multi-use tools for charging devices, like charging docks that also provide sound and video output.
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.
- 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.
- Hang everything that can be hung. This includes everything from the technology to the seating.
- Think about what you'll be doing in various areas of the room and place technology and outlets where they will best support that.
- Take advantage of the underside of shelves and various technology components to add lighting.
- If everything has a place, including the remotes, they are less likely to get lost.