One room, two adults, three dogs: Storage galore makes room for all, comfortably.

Maximizing scant space was the design challenge that architect Jessica I. Miller took on when she and her husband bought this one-room condo. “We needed room to put everything away without sacrificing a lot of square footage,” notes Jessica, who worked with her husband to dream up the user-friendly layout. Teaming up with a contractor to customize stock pieces, they squeezed in a functional kitchen, complete with dishwasher; seating for a group; an office; laundry; and queen-size bed. “We tried to take standard things and make them as interesting as we could,” she says.

Put It Away Jessica borrowed 18 inches of floor along one wall to install a whole length of cabinetry that’s actually made from stock pieces fit together like a puzzle.

Small living room kitchen combo decorating.
Small living room kitchen combo decorating.

Sit, Stay A part wall defines zones and makes room for artwork by Emmy Star Brown. Below it, a shallow sofa is comfy for two; dog beds usually sit on nearby stairs.

Decorating a small living room.
Decorating a small living room.

Perfect Fit Along the wall to the main entrance, cabinets that were cut down to fit the available depth provide seating and shoe storage – and hide plumbing, too.

Decorating small living spaces.
Decorating small living spaces.

Double Take Raising the bed (accessed by ladders made from plumbing pipes) left room below for a desk on one side and a ventfree washer/dryer on the other.

Decorating small bedroom look bigger.
Decorating small bedroom look bigger.

A Fresh Start In the gutted bathroom, a wide tub was replaced by a sleek walk-in shower. A 2-drawer vanity and ledged mirror from Ikea add affordable function.

Decorating a small bathroom in an apartment.
Decorating a small bathroom in an apartment.

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