After: The original L-shaped plan of the kitchen was maintained, but the peninsula was moved from the entrance to the living room end to create more room for movement and to visually separate the kitchen from the seating area, an effect enhanced by the inset tiled flooring. A large mirror now hangs in front of the kitchen. “It’s a nice trick to visually enlarge the space,” the architect says. Like the bedroom, the kitchen has been expanded into the living room slightly.
Build a floor-to-ceiling wardrobeIt may seem counterintuitive to build in a floor-to-ceiling wardrobe in a small bedroom but it works wonderfully well. By keeping the lines of the room clean and simple, space is maximised and the flow of the room creates an illusion of space. Nothing makes a room feel smaller than too much free-standing furniture. If you fantasise about watching TV in bed, you can get the TV built into the wardrobe, as seen in this bedroom.
Add extra storageWhat a clever storage solution for a small bedroom! Instead of squeezing a chest of drawers or a small wardrobe into the space, the corners of the room are perfectly utilised. A set of drawers on either side of the bed doubles as bedside tables. The two cabinets floating above the drawers can hold clothing, linen or whatever. They enable the room to be completely free of clutter.
Install a fold-away bedWhy have a bed filling a room when no-one is sleeping in it? This guest room/office is designed to have ample space – no matter how it’s used. Simply pushing the office chair under the table creates plenty of space when a guest sleeps over. When not in use, the bed folds up into the alcove, fitting seamlessly into the white wall.