5 New Yorkers Who Made the Most of Seriously Small Apartments

5 New Yorkers Who Made the Most of Seriously Small Apartments

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Nancy Mitchell
Jan 30, 2016
(Image credit: Stephanie)

I never fail to be impressed by the ingenuity of city dwellers living in itty bitty teeny tiny spaces. Especially now that I'm shopping for apartments in New York, and all I can think is... where do you put the furniture? Here are five apartments belonging to real New Yorkers who have solved that problem in creative ways, and managed to squeeze a lot of living out of a little space.

(Image credit: Linsey)
(Image credit: Linsey)

I really like what Linsey's done with a fairly typical New York studio layout. By placing the bed and the sofa on opposite walls, she creates a bit of a distinction between bedroom and living room — and also carves out a tiny workspace to the left of the bed.

(Image credit: Jennifer)
(Image credit: Jennifer)

Jennifer's New York apartment is only 136 square feet... but you'd never know it from looking at this picture. Jennifer has managed to create a separate sleeping area and a fairly spacious living room with one clever trick: turning the sofa so that it's parallel to the bed. The back of the sofa functions as a sort of wall, creating privacy for the bed, and a curtain between the two enhances the effect.

(Image credit: Charlotte)
(Image credit: Charlotte)

Charlotte's 300 square foot apartment has a lot going on... but somehow it all works. She's used a bar table to expand her small kitchen, and also created a bedroom, living room, and a small desk area. A small sofa helps everything fit, and the apartment's long, narrow layout works to her advantage. Rugs help to define separate spaces (like the living room) and a cohesive color palette keeps things from feeling too busy.

(Image credit: Garrett)
(Image credit: Garrett)

Garret's apartment feels a lot bigger than its 340 square feet, thanks to the clever use of a Murphy bed. His living room furniture fits neatly around the footprint of the bed, so he's able to have a full living room setup during the day, and a bedroom at night.

(Image credit: Stephanie)
(Image credit: Stephanie)

Stephanie has a really unique solution for laying out a studio space: instead of trying to hide the bed in a corner, she places it in the center of the room. Most studios wind up feeling a bit like a living room that happens to have a bed in it, but Stephanie's place is like a big, beautiful bedroom with a sitting room in one corner. It's an unusual solution, but one that works really well for her space — and might make a lot of sense for someone who spends more time in their apartment sleeping than anything else.

Re-edited from a post originally published 1.29.15-NT

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