In urban cities such as Toronto and Vancouver, small space living has become a reality. As prices continue to skyrocket, people are finding creative ways to live happily in smaller spaces. Let’s call it the art of living minimally.

This is exemplified perfectly by a new condo development in Toronto by the name of Smart House. In this building, most units are classified as miniature units and hover around 300 square feet. This size is comparable to that of a small hotel room.

While such a limited space might appear challenging at first, it is possible to make a small space work for almost anyone.

All it takes? A small dose of creativity and a specially crafted master plan.

Build Vertically

When the footprint of your living is small, this calls for building upward.

Don’t hesitate to use the height in your apartment to your utmost advantage. The goal is to create the illusion of a larger living space with the help of more “vertical” furniture and placements.

So, how can we do this?

Invest  in furniture that is taller than it is wide. For example, resist the urge to buy a bookshelf that is horizontal and resides on the ground. Instead, opt for one that is vertical and can be affixed to the wall.

These simple changes are going to draw the eye upward while also opening up your floor space.

Consider a Loft Space

If you own your condo, you have the power to renovate your living space.

If that space benefits from high ceilings, why not consider adding a small loft? Comparable to the loft in a traditional tiny home, this would simply be a small, elevated space that contains a bed. This is a more simple renovation than you might think and there are plenty of businesses today that specialize in creating these elevated spaces.

Not only does this separate your bedroom from your living space, but it adds an industrial flare to any space.

Opt for Floating Shelving

With limited spacing, bulky shelving has the ability to overtake an entire room.

As a result, your space is suddenly going to feel more cramped and your floor space will be compromised. With a small footprint, you want to have as much open floor space available as you can. This is going to create a more airy and spacious feel within your space.

To replace traditional shelving, try your hand at floating shelves. This can work in any room from the kitchen and bathroom to the living room and the bedroom. In terms of the bedroom, you can replace nightstands with floating shelves. This can be as simple as a single piece of wood that is affixed to the wall.

Invest in Multipurpose Furniture

When it comes to small space living, multipurpose furniture is your best friend.

And, as it turns out, there’s never been a better time to invest in this type of furniture. As small space living becomes more commonplace, multipurpose furniture has never been more available nor stylishly crafted.

Rather than investing in a traditional desk, opt for a floating shelf that extends from the wall. When not in use, the shelf is perfectly hidden in the wall. You can also look to purchase a bed that has built-in storage. This eliminates the need for a dresser and utilizes the valuable space underneath your bed.

Master the Art of Minimalism

It’s safe to say that maximalist living and tiny spaces don’t exactly go hand-in-hand.

If you call a tiny space home, it’s time to bid farewell to a healthy portion of your belongings.

The truth is, too much stuff is going to make your tiny space feel even smaller. Not only that, it’s going to be challenging to maneuver around your space with this much stuff.

That’s right, it’s time to get in touch with your inner Marie Kondo. So, if it doesn’t spark joy, it’s going in the donation pile.

It’s Time to Start Living Small

If you happen to reside in a bustling real estate market, learning to live small just might be a reality for you. While this might be a challenge at first, there are perks to minimal living. Not only are you learning how to live with less, but you’re also saving money and reducing your carbon footprint.

It’s safe to say this is a win-win.

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