Unsurprisingly, there are a lot of people looking for inspiration on how to furnish their small apartments in Sweden. It can be quite tricky to decorate a home where you are limited in terms of space. Here, we have collected seven small homes, all which have two things in common – they are smaller than 40 square metres and filled with clever tricks, of various kinds.
1. When this 29-square-metre apartment was refurbished, it got filled with smart solutions that make great use of every single centimetre. One of the major changes they made was that they built a practical loft with a four-square-metre closet underneath – but because of the low ceiling, they had to compromise somehow on the construction. “The client had to choose between being able to sit up in bed and then crouch when using the closet, or crawling up to bed and go headlong in the closet,” says project manager Daniel.
2. Maria Paulsson Rönnbäck’s apartment is only 35 square metres, but by making the best use of white colour, the space feels much bigger than that. “The cupboards in the kitchen had a dull, dark brown fake chestnut colour, that I covered quickly. I also painted the pine floors white.” Did she never think about the fact that it could be difficult to clean? “Yes, I did, and moreover, I have long, dark curly hair. A lot. So I simply have to clean more often, and I make sure that the guests always take off their shoes in the hallway.”
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3. The enchanting high ceilings and large industrial windows are traces of the building's past as an old piano factory, letting in lots of light in the small 38-square-metre apartment. Where these pictures were taken, gadget-loving Josefin Dahlberg lived here. She took advantage of the space available by using the height of the ceiling: “Since my job largely is about blogging about style, and wearing different outfits to inspire others, I've got quite a lot of clothes… I have a lot of basement storage and built some extra storage in the hallway since there is so much spare headroom… “
4. On 28 square metres, architect Sofia Kanje created this deluxe compact living space. Among other things, the kitchen was moved into what was previously the walk-in closet and a bed recess with built-in storage was built to separate the bed from the living room area. Next to the bed, and in the hall, she has put brass hooks perpendicularly on the wall. “It is important to maximize all surfaces. By hanging the hangers this way, they take up much less space,” says Sofia.
5. Once again we see a small home that, thanks to its high ceilings of almost four metres, feels much bigger than it is. “The volume of this place makes it easy to accommodate 15 people, with no problems,” said Andreas Wijk, who lives here. In addition, Andreas has himself created some multi-functional solutions that utilize the surface perfectly, and live up to his needs – the spray painted coffee table is one of those designs: “I went to a workshop and asked if I could get two of the tires that were outside, 'take what you want', I was told. The top is made of a round plate of wood, and inside of the tires I store games for game nights.”
6. In this small flat of 34 square metres lives Swedish blogger Emelie Ekman. “My tip when you live in a small space is to think in cubic metres instead of square metres. Storage is usually a big problem. Put up shelves up to the ceiling and plan for storage under the furnitures where possible. Another thing is to try to decorate with light colours – you can add colour in the details instead.”