Sculpting a Small Space

A great find in a desirable urban neighborhood often requires the sculpting of a small space into a home. Join the growing number of urban pioneers who find that creative persistence pays off.

  • By grouping items according to size and setting the shelves accordingly, this couple used every inch of space.
  • When friends join them, they pull the table away and bring out stored chairs to make seating more abundant.
  • The rest of the closet stores clothes, shoes and everything else. They put seldom used/seasonal items into "deep storage" on the upper shelves.
  • Since she rents and can't paint the walls, Brogger hung a full wall curtain of shimmery material for texture and a reflective quality in the space.
  • Other space-saving doors include pocket doors, curtains and screens.
  • Shelves placed behind the fridge store CDs, stereo and even laundry.
  • The 8-foot-wide, 20-foot-long container opens to a 160-square-foot living space.
  • Ultimately, everything was engineered to just touch or just miss each other inside the closed container.
  • This simplistic design choice was just another expression of the poetry of our concepts of home within any space.
  • Architect Joel Sanders designed the apartment to allow occupants to freely shift roles and activities within a finite space and limited budget.
  • Any time you chose a reflective material that bounces light around, you make the space feel larger.
  • If you're needing multiple storage areas, try locating them all to one side of the room for a more contained and focused use of space.


    • Libby Langdon, Designer, Libby Langdon Interior Design Website:
    • Jacob Ward, Managing Editor, Readymade Magazine Website:
    • Mary Brogger
    • Adam Kalkin
      Kalkin and Co/Quik Build LLC
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    • Milan Hughston
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