Tiny NYC half-bedroom converted into elegant chamber (Video)

© Jen Chu Design

Large living spaces come at a premium in places like New York City, so no wonder many people either live with roommates or maximize their spaces by getting creative. Previously, we've brought you an architect's multi-functional 78-square-foot Manhattan apartment, and now, check out this video on a smartly designed half-bedroom space in Brooklyn -- it's literally so small that it can only fit a bed.

Undaunted by its tiny size and the fact that she is sharing this one-and-a-half bedroom apartment with a roommate, Spaces TV covers how art director and interior designer Jen Chu converted this teeny half-room into an eclectic chamber of her own, which doubles as a workspace, reading, sleeping and storage space, thanks to a few clever reconfigurations.

The bed takes up most of the space in the room, and is accentuated by the custom-made canopy bedposts and an elegant chandelier. The fabric-covered headboard is a gorgeous final touch, balancing out all the walls and giving the room an inviting and cozy aura.

© Jen Chu Design

There are display shelves rising up on one side of the room, with the lowest surface allowing Chu to sit on the edge of the bed to work. There's also a small alcove leading into the bedroom which provides more storage.

© Jen Chu Design
© Jen Chu Design

Chu's site has some "before" pictures in her story of how the process went; you can see what a quantum leap she's made.

© Jen Chu Design
© Jen Chu Design
© Jen Chu Design

No surprise, but Chu says she was inspired by the compact functionality of boat design since she was a wee lass:

When I was a kid I wanted to live on a boat or an RV. My dad used to take me to boat shows where my brother and I would crawl in and out of every crevice of the tricked out custom interiors. I distinctly remember being 7 years old at a boat show, hanging out in a dim, snug, well ventilated crawl space with a tiny gnome door and a mattress on the floor. I could have stayed there forever and literally dreamed about that nook for years.

Another great example of how a dream of small spaces can be made to feel real big with the right touches; more over at Spaces TV and Jen Chu Design.

Tags: Brooklyn | Designers | Less Is More | New York City | Small Spaces | video

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