200 Small Apartment Ideas


A superb collection of pictures and plans prove that small really is beautiful.

Economy dictates that many of us have to live in small apartments, even one-room studios. But the lack of space, too much stuff, and our busy lives can make it stressful. This lushly illustrated resource shows that it doesn't have to be that way. Whether it's one person or a family with pets, a small apartment can be designed and decorated to create a comfortable ...

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A superb collection of pictures and plans prove that small really is beautiful.

Economy dictates that many of us have to live in small apartments, even one-room studios. But the lack of space, too much stuff, and our busy lives can make it stressful. This lushly illustrated resource shows that it doesn't have to be that way. Whether it's one person or a family with pets, a small apartment can be designed and decorated to create a comfortable environment for everyone and everything.

200 Small Apartment Ideas will inform and inspire homeowners and designers. It shows how to assess the positive and negative features of an apartment and suggests practical and manageable solutions to correct problems and eliminate irritants. It reviews each room, from entrances and corridors to bathrooms and balconies, and gives practical advice on how to fix the most common issues, such as traffic patterns, light, privacy and storage.

Color photographs show the beautiful results of careful planning and the use of multipurpose furniture and fixtures, while line drawings emphasize important points. Captions describe the variety of design features that hide the messiness of life and help to keep it hidden. These can include moveable storage walls, convertible beds, loft storage and smaller appliances.

200 Small Apartment Ideas is a practical guide that will help anyone struggling with limited space. Economic and environmental circumstances dictate that we consume less. This book proves that we can enjoy the process in comfort and with style.

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Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Kim Palmer
Exquisite apartments from all over the world, all architect-designed, modern and minimalist, in keeping with a less-is-more aesthetic.
North Shore News - Terry Peters
Like the apartments selected for this book, there are a lot of details squeezed into this compact volume.
Winnipeg Free Press - Julie Carl
What's Christmas morn without a little housing porn? And this hardcover book...more than fills that bill.
Vancouver Sun - Anita Murray
200 Small Apartment Ideas offers tips on maximizing space in even the tiniest of living quarters. From the minuscule 231.5-square-foot apartment in Warsaw that manages to squeeze in sleeping, living and bathroom quarters, thanks to a raised bed and the ingenious use of a swinging wall, to finding a comfortable way to fit a family of five into 769 square feet in Tokyo, the book offers lots of creative solutions. Many, though, require custom furniture, built-ins and space allocation. But even for those who may have a small budget, there are interesting ideas that go beyond the obvious to fully utilize both horizontal and vertical square footage, add your personality and use decorating ideas to visually enlarge the space.
New York Spaces
Author/editor Cristina Paredes Benitez assembles an impressive collection of rooms and residences that demonstrate ways to organize possessions; make the most of natural light; find extra opportunities for storage; and lay out an interior so it really works-for you... She goes on to provide an array of clever (and often unexpected) tips for doing exactly that. Her practical ideas on how to use color and collections, where to place the washing machine, and why we need dedicated quiet zones prove that a little change can make a big improvement in the way we live.
Virginian-Pilot - Krys Stefansky
Gazillions of design and decorating ideas for seriously small spaces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770850453
  • Publisher: Firefly Books, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/16/2012
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 973,764
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 2.08 (d)

Meet the Author

Cristina Paredes Benítez is an editor specializing in illustrated books. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and in Information Science, and has collaborated with several publishing companies and photo agencies. She lives and works in Barcelona.

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Table of Contents


Tamka Apartment
Red Nest
Apartment in 3D
Apartment in Chamberi
Apartment in a Victorian Building
Mr. Chou's Apartment
Aluminum House
Green Dormitory Prototype
Adapted Apartment in Vienna
My Mobile Home
Home 08
Minilofts in Helsinki
Larco Apartment
Born District Loft

Canale Apartment
Illustrator's Apartment
Cubby House
Old Peak Road
Apartment in Tokyo
Czerwenka Foundation Apartment
Attic in Copenhagen [1]
Model Home
Attic in Copenhagen [2]
Adapted Apartment in
Jocs Florals Apartment
Badalona Space
Woven Nest
Renovation in Barcelona
East Village Loft
Pearl Street Apartment
Homage to a Director

Ludwig Attic
Carr Apartment
Loft in Hamburg
Apartment in Wulumuqi Street
Kang Duplex
Home 07
Apartment in Thessaloniki
Loft in Milan
White Apartment
Mb Attic
Retirement in South Beach
Apartment in Nea Smirni
Apartment 8
U Loft
Remodeling in Ciutat Vella

Casa Barbara
Le Loft des Innocents

Morgan Residence
Attic B and L
Marco Polo Apartment
Apartment in Madrid
Apartment in Chueca
Rehabilitation of an Apartment in Pamplona
Connor Residence
Loft in the Eixample
Apartment in Ilion
X Loft
J Loft
Yaletown Loft
Apartment in Gracia
House-Workshop in El Raval

Apartments in Carabanchel
Coastal Apartments
Casas 13 de Septiembre
A7 Lofts
Tomigaya Apartments
Building in Yoyogi Park
A'chrannag Les Nids


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