Inspiring Vintage Small Space Solutions

Inspiring Vintage Small Space Solutions

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Nancy Mitchell
Aug 29, 2015
(Image credit: Living for Today)

Living in little spaces isn't a new problem: Enterprising city dwellers have been living with the challenge of small apartments for a long time. Especially intriguing to me are the glimpses I get of creative small space solutions from the past. Here are six favorites.

Above: This setup from Living for Today (1972), via Supreme Interiors, is not quite like anything I've ever seen before. This little room is equipped with various tiers of built-in furniture: the top one is a bed, the middle one serves as a desk, and the bottom one is a bench (presumably where you sit when working at the desk). No word on what the space underneath functions as (maybe some kind of lounge?) or how you get down there (crawling?).

This loft bed, suspended from the ceiling, is certainly a space saver... just be careful you don't roll over in the middle of the night. The stairs are a wee bit terrifying, too. From The Bed and Bath Book by Terrence Conran (1978), via AnOther Mag.

(Image credit: Very Small Living Spaces)

In this space, from the 1982 book Very Small Living Spaces (via AnOther Mag), a lofted sleeping space means there's room for not one, but two couches.

(Image credit: Planning a Home)

A vintage loft with a workspace underneath from Planning a Home (1979), via AnOther Mag. The bookcases that line the walls are especially satisfying.

Here's another space from The Bed and Bath Book by Terrence Conran (via AnOther Mag). This loft, which can be accessed by not one but two ladders, appears to have a sleeping space and lounge area.

(Image credit: Living Places)

Without seeing more angles it's hard to tell exactly how this place works, but it appears to be a sort of layer cake of a house. There's a kitchen on the first level, living area on the second, and at the very top a bed lofted over the kitchen. From the 1976 book Living Places, via Supreme Interiors.

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