Stylish Abodes

Style doesn't have to take up a lot of floor space. Learn how these urban dwellers use geometric innovations to fit more into less square footage.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThis bedroom has a large closet, which allows the space to be simpler and spacious without dressers.
Paul Corrie and Steve Ewens casually monitored development in their Washington, D.C. neighborhood. They bought their 800-square-foot apartment during its construction: control over the floor plan design allowed them to maximize space to meet their needs. Going vertical enables them to fit all their possessions into the apartment. They even applied this design theory to their garage space and installed a hydraulic lift to stack two cars in one space!

The original floor plan had a larger bedroom, but Corrie and Ewens decided to scale down the space to make a larger closet. A bedroom can be simpler and spacious without dressers and extra furnishings. The closet can then hold more items that need to be stored away from other areas of the apartment. An extra bonus: close the closet door, and it all goes away. Their closet works as a home office, a coat closet, a storage room, a dresser and a hanging clothes closet.