Every home has something to teach and each small home in the Small Cool contest holds lessons and tricks for living well while living small. Below is some wisdom from today's crop of entries including using windows for storage, an easy trick for using shelves as a room divider and making use of even a tiny corner.
Combining a work space and a closet is not an easy task, but Shelbie totally pulls off this "cloffice" space. Keeping the room white and neutral keeps it from feeling claustrophobic and hanging rods parallel and perpendicular to the wall offer a ton of space for clothes.
If you only have a small space to tuck in a desk, perhaps you don't buy a desk at all. A narrow console table, like Amy's, is enough to hold a laptop and is narrow enough not to jut into the room.
Chair and a Half
Sometimes you just don't have room for a sofa — at all. Or even a loveseat. Enter: the chair and a half. A smart solution for a very comfortable, roomy seat for one.
In a Tight Corner
This corner in Alexa's living room is really quite small and in many apartments would go unused, but she put in a corner shelf to display objects and plants.
Smoke & Mirrors
We often laud people for using mirrors to reflect more light into a room (a great strategy), but here Tabitha didn't have any natural light so the mirror gives the subtle illusion of a window.
The Great Divide
Using a bookcase as a divider between living zones in a studio is a common practice, but we especially admire the way Rose has done hers — packing the bottom shelves with books, but only displaying a few objects and plants on the upper shelves, leaving room for light and air to move through.
If you take a close look at Nives' dining room table, you can see that below the glass top is a pull-out shelf to keep a computer, mouse, etc. It helps the dining room table become a dumping ground for "stuff" and gives a home to work equipment.
If you can sacrifice some of your natural light, consider Jean's choice to add shelving to her deep window. She is able to hold and display a large amount of objects and still has some light shining through.