Small apartments may seem novel or unusual to us Americans, but in Europe they are pretty much the norm. Europeans, with their densely packed cities, have been making the most of small floorplans for years, and they've gotten quite good at it. This Swedish apartment, though it's only 38 square meters (409 square feet), feels much larger, thanks to a few clever design tricks.
Lofting the bed saves a ton of floor space, and creates a cozy, separate 'bedroom' without sacrificing any floor space. A shelf next to the head of the bed ensures that there's a place to stash late-night reading material, and pane of glass installed next to the bed (you can see it in the photo above and up top) keeps the loft safe but maintains a feeling of openness.
A closet under the stairs cleverly re-claims the square footage taken up by the staircase to the loft.
Plenty of built-in storage ensures that clutter has a destination... and a sliding door keeps something something out of sight.
These little tricks help ensure that the apartment's small floor area is free for living and dining, which makes the apartment feel much more spacious than its 409 square feet. (And, of course, those tall ceilings and huge windows don't hurt either.)