Interior designer Leslie Banker
designed a tiny bedroom for a client in which the desktop was on a hinge, just like on a ship. "When the client worked, she pulled the desk up, and when the desk wasn't in use, she folded it down. She has a small stool to sit on when she uses the desktop, so it tucks away easily," Banker says.
She adds that high ceilings and at least two windows would let in plenty of natural light and give access to a view — preferably an attractive one. "The windows and the view help bring your attention beyond the interior space, which can improve your comfort when living in a tiny, tiny space
," she says.Think Differently
Not everyone is built for microunit living. Cohen says that living in a tiny space requires a kind of discipline and self-awareness that living in a larger home may not foster. "You have to know your priorities, and you must downsize significantly before making the move," she says. "But living in a 90-square-foot apartment let me live comfortably, travel, write a book and eventually buy my own apartment in Manhattan — which is something that is really difficult to do nowadays."
Cohen says that she began and finished packing up her tiny unit on the same day of her big move — just two blocks away from her tiny home
. "I remember looking at my upsized 500-square-foot apartment and thinking, 'Wow, there are all these closets, and I don't have that much stuff.' The place felt humongous," she says.Tell us:
Have you lived in a tiny apartment or home? Share your story and small-space living tactics with us. We'd love to hear about it.More: Tiny Home Built for Big AdventureMore Design Lessons from Micro LivingHow Downsizing Can Make You Happier at Home