Creative living in 725 square feet
Designer Lotta Jansdotter shares her secrets for stylish living in a small (very small) space
When she lived in San Francisco, the textile and surface designer found unique ways to maximize the 725 square feet she shared with her husband, Nick Anderson.
Click ahead for her space-saving ideas.
The futon unfolds into a bed, and the coffee table becomes a nightstand. Futon casters make for quick rearranging.
"I love shopping at the Salvation Army," Jansdotter says. "It's like a treasure hunt."
Though this tight space between two closets might otherwise go unused, Jansdotter fitted it with a narrow bookcase, made from a CD tower with a few shelves removed.
Avoid clutter with the in-and-out rule: When you bring in something new, take out something old.
Jansdotter salvaged this piece of junior-high nostalgia off the street. It stores her household supplies: light bulbs, linens, laundry detergent, towels and the like.
You don't keep your framed Picasso print in the closet, so why banish your fashionable bags there?
When counter and cabinet space is limited, install a wall rack or sturdy shelves to make the most of vertical space.
Look fancy? This sconce shade is a piece of wood veneer taped to the wall.
If you try this yourself, make sure the veneer does not touch the bulb, and consult your local home-supply store expert for veneer recommendations; some are a fire hazard.
In her home, Jansdotter enjoys setting up impromptu compositions, much like she does when working on her textile designs. Here, an architecture-school project displays Anderson’s trumpet, proof that even in a small space, there's plenty of room for fun.