A Small Spanish Studio Has Some Splendid Small Space Ideas

published Mar 31, 2019
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Furniture separation between bedroom and living area (rotating panel TV). (Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

Name: Sergio Gutierrez
Location: Santander, Spain
Size: 500 square feet
Years lived in: 3 years, owned

Sergio first lived in this small studio apartment—around 500 square feet—by himself, but when his partner and then a baby came along, the family moved from this space into a larger home. Now used more as a place for friends and family to stay (as well as an occasional Airbnb), it might no longer be a full-time home, but it’s got some amazing ideas that I think could be used in a studio apartment anywhere. The main thing that stands out? That wood divider separating the living room area from the bedroom area.

The wood divider that separates the living area with the bedroom area features wood slats (for visual privacy but still letting light through) and a rotating panel (so you can watch television in the living room OR in the bedroom). Each side also has a small shelf that can act as display or a workspace. (Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

“I used to live here when single and was then joined by my partner, Grace. We have a soon now, Finn, so we needed more space so the apartment is used as a bolthole when we are in the city center, for family and friends to stay, for short-term rentals for the nearby hospital and the odd Airbnb,” wrote Sergio.

(Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Light-filled industrial chic penthouse

The oversized platform that the bed creates more visual distinction, but also offers tons of hidden storage below it. (Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)
(Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

What is your favorite room and why? The bathroom area. Split between the toilet proper and the walk-in, inviting shower. The height and use of space is magnificent and is so relaxing.

(Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

If you could magically change something about your home, what would it be? Larger balcony

(Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A treehouse design book.

(Image credit: Pedro Ferrer)

Any advice for creating a home you love? Handcrafted furniture and accessories made to measure if possible. Respect the heritage of the building and adapt it to your needs and taste. In my case the home needs to have loads of light.

Thanks, Sergio!

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