Tiny Spaces

Organization and creativity are key to living in tiny spaces.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionBenton's living room is a flexible space that also serves as a dining room, home office and guest room.
Downtown D.C. Decor
David Benton loves his 480-square-foot, one-bedroom space in Washington, D.C., mostly because of the months of planning and hard work that went into it. This young architect ripped out everything in the space, except for the bathtub, and started over from the ground up.

The dining tables fits behind the sofa as a console, and the chairs he bought online originally came from the Enron cafeteria. A swivel lamp with long arm provides lighting for reading on the sofa or over the dining table. Behind the sofa is a large picture that Benton took of a cathedral in Milan, divided into smaller panels. Small spaces don't have to be limited to small artwork. The living area doubles as a guest room for his mom's month-long holiday visits. A two-sided room divider creates separation between the living room and bedroom alcove, while providing attractive storage and a place to house the TV, which swivels to be viewed from either room.