Last month I attended an event at Ward Village featuring the Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine Amanda Dameron. The event was the kick-off of Ward Village’s “Smarter Living Event Series” which was created to explore innovative solutions to 21st living in Hawai’i.

The theme of Dameron’s talk was “Small Space, Big Design” in which she shared strategies for working within small residential spaces, a reality for many of us in the Aloha State.

Storage solutions like these help you *find* space that already exists in your home. Storage solutions like these help you *find* space that already exists in your home.

I was inspired and had many takeaways from this talk, but for the purpose of this post, I wanted to focus on what she indicated is the most important thing when planning for small living: FLEXIBILITY.

Your space needs to be “malleable enough so that your rooms can perform different functions”. An overarching theme featured in the magazine is that of “transformation”.

Some ideas for flexing your space:

BEDS THAT DISAPPEAR

Creating daytime space by having a Murphy Bed that tucks into the wall or even a bed that hoists up and down from the ceiling. While some people may balk at the idea of a Murphy Bed, the improvements in Murphy Bed design in recent years has been impressive....This isn’t your grandmother’s Murphy bed. They are using to pull up and down...no CrossFit required!

FURNISHINGS THAT DO MORE THAN ONE JOB

Small space living encourages you to make use of every "nook and cranny" you have - these organizer helps you do that! Small space living encourages you to make use of every "nook and cranny" you have - this sliding organizer helps you do that!

Dameron’s PowerPoint featured a tiny Manhattan apartment in which the coffee table rose to become the dining table. Furnishings that double as storage are prized in small space living.

STAIRS THAT DOUBLE AS DRAWERS

Popular on Pinterest these days, stairs that turn into drawers provide a whole bunch of storage in small space living.

VERTICAL SPACE STORAGE

We share about maximizing vertical space in this blog quite often...it’s the way to go when space is limited. Adding shelving, cabinetry, and hooks adds storage and options in your small space.

SOLUTIONS FOR “DISPLAY & CONCEALMENT”

Installing a sliding door (or even using a Shoji screen) can create a visual barrier to divide spaces as desired. If you’re having friends over and you live in a studio, you may not want your bedroom area revealed. Economical and flexible options are available to create a visual break between living and sleeping areas.

Boxes that serve as seats but double as storage! Boxes that serve as seats but double as storage!
This mobile desk is easy to move and can be used in either a seated or standing work position. This mobile desk is easy to move and can be used in either a seated or standing work position.