Many young people who move to bigger cities find themselves dealing with high rents and small apartments. Many contend with less than ideal situations by either commuting from farther away, living with roommates, or maximizing their small spaces with clever space-saving layouts. This kind of coping strategy is best seen in places like Manhattan, where expensive and small rentals mean that young professionals like Michelle Konar improve a tiny space with colourful interventions to make a 330-square-foot studio apartment feel larger.
Seen over on Spaces TV, Konar, an art director, also runs her own online craft store ONA on Etsy from her living room on the Upper West Side. The small space features an accent wall, decorating with canvases that Konar painted herself.
Her tiny but neat kitchen has a faux-brick backsplash made with painted cork, and a salvaged antique buffet that adds more counter space and character overall.
Another eccentric touch is Konar's bed, a repurposed and repainted hospital bed that she found in a flea market.
To maximize space by defining smaller areas, one small touch of Konar's was to turn a shelf sideways in the entryway, to create a small dressing space where she could hang up all her jewelry and other accessories for display and for easier access. She explains that "In a small space, you have to think of every little nook and cranny and come up with a creative solution."
Of course, the crowning touch is the well-appointed balcony space, which Konar says is rare for a Manhattan studio apartment, and makes the whole place seem much bigger, thanks to an outdoor space and view of the Hudson River.
There are some thoughtful ideas here worthy for any small apartment dweller; to see more, check out our other posts on small Manhattan apartment adaptations below. More over at Spaces TV, images over at Houzz and Michelle Konar.