It’s no secret that San Francisco is a hub for small space living, which inevitably means getting creative with multi-use spaces. In a new series, Small Space Solutions, I’ll debunk the challenges that come with living with limited square footage. From tiny closets to cramped kitchens, I’ll explore how to keep things functional, stylish, and tidy.
- Having more space to work
- Increasing Storage Space
- Integrating living room needs i.e. a TV and artwork
- Maintaining the existing aesthetic
1. Having More Space to Work
While my existing desk was still usable it was, admittedly, fit for a child and completely void of style/personality. After months of searching higher end websites and being met with sticker-shock, I gave IKEA a shot –enter the Alex desk. It was spacious enough for two to work side by side and came with drawer space, which meant I’d have a ton of room.
2. Increasing Storage Space
The thing that sold me on the Alex desk was the storage capabilities. It had two wide drawers that were deep enough to store office supplies and stationary, but shallow enough to keep organized. The Alex drawers situated to the right of the desk provided extra storage for beauty supplies, while the magazine rack allowed space for bills and notepads.
3. Integrating Living Room Needs
While my new work area was an obvious upgrade, it still felt odd having my this as a head-on view from my sofa. Eventually I came up with a small space solution that would unify my needs for a home office and living room. In lieu of a television, I tried out my mom’s old (but sizable) computer monitor. It was compact enough to use as a second monitor, and large enough to settle into Sunday night viewings of Game of Thrones.
4. Maintaining the Existing Aesthetic
Small space living is often tricky. But by taking my time and assessing what I wanted out of the room, this once disjointed space feels unified in both style and functionality.
Alex Desk; Alex Drawers; Kvissle Magazine Rack; Tobias Chair; Ekby Wall Shelf; Large Ribba Frame; Clare Elsaesser Art; Medium Ribba Frames; Quote Art; Donut Art; & Globe.