Size: Just under 300 square feet
My last "apartment" was an 8-by-10 dorm-style room, so my priority was to finally have a place to entertain. To maximize space (and minimize expenditures), I made two major purchases: a sofa bed (with down cushions) and a wall unit (yes, IKEA).
I furnished the rest with items I already had. The kitchen table was my parents' and has drop leaves (raised in the photos). Other solutions: I installed a second closet pole (for seasonal clothing) and hid assorted papers, linens, Tupperware, etc. in baskets and boxes on wall unit.
The coolest thing: The view – 6ft. windows face south and overlook the Police Academy exercise area! Allison