The problem of space is definitely becoming one of the burning issues in many urban areas all over the world. As the number of urban dwellers of Asia and Africa is on the constant rise, the demand for these types of homes and furniture is also growing on global scale. This market is a wonderful chance for innovative design and new business ideas. But why do smaller homes take over the dominance from their bigger real estate brothers?
Work(er)-friendly benefits of small homes
If you live on your own and pursue a promising career, chores will not be too high on the list of your priorities. Modern urban people mostly avoid bothering with things that are impractical or time-consuming. Doing a responsible and challenging job leaves little time for home cleaning. Living with a partner shrinks the amount of cleaning time even more, since you want to spend quality time together instead of scrubbing your tile flooring. Large apartments require more of such care. That is why today less is more in housing terms.
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Small but well-organized apartments and houses can be incredibly inspiring for people who work from home. In such homes everything is at the reach of your hand, which can save a lot of time during a workday. So, tiny and small homes have two great roles for busy people: they save our time and motivate us to work more efficiently.
Space-sparing furniture for little homes
Pieces of furniture that are easily folded, rolled away or tucked in a gap in the wall are not a product of the 21st century. The most famous folding bed, the Murphy bed, has been here for more than a century and it has only been improved through different variations. The bed is the king of room space (especially a king-size one) since it takes up the largest amount of space in a small, one-room home. Today folding beds are made to be perfectly incorporated into other pieces of furniture and they are often followed by many other items of such kind, so that you would save even more space. Furniture items in today’s miniature homes can be categorized as fittings, foldables and doubles.
- Fittings are great space savers, since they practically have all sorts of compartments into which you can put your belongings and keep your place tidy and cozy. For instance, stairs that are at the same time drawers can serve as great areas to fit your books and clothes. Also, several chairs fitting into one another resembling Matryoshka dolls can be a great option for a small home living room.
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- Foldables are probably the most represented items out of these three groups. Tables can be attached to a wall and embellished with a painting, appearing to be a frame. But you just drag the ”frame“ down and you have a nice little dining table. Also, a mirror can become a practical ironing board when folded down. It is a great option for a bedroom. In addition to all these ideas, a bathroom cabinet door can be used as a changing table for babies.
- Finally, doubles function like any compartment with a false bottom. Your kitchen table can actually hide a pools table beneath its surface. Also, a painting frame can have an additional underlying partition for storing costume jewelry or documents. However, for storing real jewelry and valuables, it is advisable to install a real safe.
Psychological effect of small homes
Although some people claim that they need a large living space to feel good, the thing is that smaller homes often tend to have a better effect on people. Singles often feel terribly lonely in large apartments and couples can go either way, but it is a fact that they will feel closer and more attached in smaller homes. The emotional value of such a place becomes priceless if they have also made it together, like this great couple. And if partners are adventurers, they can make a moving home and live as modern nomads, especially if they work as freelancer via the Internet.
Large homes can offer more comfort, but they also require more money, time and energy, leaving a bigger carbon print on the environment. Modern small homes, on the other side, are based on an alternative way of living, which can have a great effect on people squished with the fast-paced lifestyle of today. You don’t need mansions to be lucky; only your own little haven, sweet modular furniture and time to do what you like in your life.