Small can be stylish

Studio apartments, bed sitter, SQ (Servants Quarter), DSQ (Detached Servants Quarters)….whatever you may call it. These living quarters are pretty popular with university students, newly employed or single people and given the high rents they are preferred by many others.

If you live in Nairobi, then you will appreciate that these spaces are squeezed, the designs are unimaginative and storage spaces are very limited. This calls for creativity by occupants in using the spaces.

I recently visited my friend at her DSQ in Langata and i loved what she had done with her space and i thought to share with you.

Notice the wall colours reflect in the carpet. The old school cabinet that is both the entertainment centre, stores cutlery and is the bar.

Notice the wall colours reflect in the carpet. The old school cabinet that is both the entertainment centre, stores cutlery and is the bar (sorry for the cloudy pic)

In small spaces, you should strive to have furniture that serves more than one purpose, like the old school cabinet.

Furniture should also be proportional to the size of the space. A simple couch with clean lines and simple cushions gives the feeling of space and order.

Simple, stylish couch (from Uchumi) and bright coloured pilows and masaai blanket as a throw.

Simple, stylish couch (from Uchumi Ngong Rd) and bright coloured pillows and masaai blanket as a throw.

My friend is an avid reader and she buys books by the dozen. I loved how she displayed her books. And at the same time neatly stacked towels and bedding.

Book tower.

Book tower

In the kitchen and bathroom, take advantage of the vertical space on the walls  by installing shelves. This is an inexpensive way of making your house functional and your local carpenter can easily do this.

kitchen shelving for all the spices

kitchen shelving for all the spices

Bathroom shelving

Bathroom shelving

Women and clothes. How many of us have neat wardrobes that are not bursting at the seams with clothes? Well if you live in a small space creative storage is vital to how easily you can access your clothes.

Coat hanger comes handy for those bags, hats

Coat hanger comes handy for those bags, hats

order members, order!  Appreciate how the clothes are neatly folded, how the make up and women stuff is neatly arranged... neat being the operative word here.

order members, order! Appreciate how the clothes are neatly folded, how the make up and women stuff is neatly arranged… neat being the operative word here.

And the longer clothes are hang on a rack over the base of the bed

And the longer clothes are hang on a rack over the base of the bed

There people! Small can indeed be stylish!

Thank you Juddy for allowing me to share your amazing space!

What have you done with your small spaces? Do share.

Keep it DIY!

 

 

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