Danny & Joni's Former Knitting Factory

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Name:
Danny & Joni
Location:
Brooklyn, NY
Square Feet:
690
Division:
Little
What I Love About My Small Home:
New York is known for tiny spaces, and we’ve lived in plenty, but when we walked into this apartment in a former knitting factory, we knew it was the one for us. We love the blank-canvas nature of the space.

Our apartment has one small closet dominated by a water heater, which forced us to make design decisions focused around adding storage. Our IKEA wardrobes (which grew in number when Joni and our puppy, Ernest, moved in) serve double duty as note space We designed our bed when we couldn’t find a ready-made solution that would keep the open flow of the space, provide privacy when we have house guests, and hold/hide our things in an unobtrusive way.

The 12-foot ceilings make the space feel larger than it is and let us share our art in unique ways, like the series of Albers lithographs that crawl up each column and the mobile that hangs above our bed.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space:
1. Create a floor plan before you do anything else. This helped us guide our decisions about what to keep and what to get rid of when we moved in. Then, it helped us stick to a vision for our space as we’ve purchased new things.
2. Don’t be afraid to go custom! People often think of custom solutions as expensive, but sticking to cheap materials (like the plywood and IKEA hardware on our bed) can really keep costs down, and help you create something that feels like it’s your own.
3. Let your furniture do double (or triple!) duty. Our closets are our note space. Our bed is storage and a room divider. Finding or creating pieces that help you accomplish many goals at once allows you to have fewer things and keep your space open and clean.
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