Small Space Solutions from Architect Andrew Wilkinson

Small Space Solutions from Architect Andrew Wilkinson

Janel Laban
Sep 8, 2008

The new issue of Metropolitan Home features an "Apartment Life" section showing some of architect Andrew Wilkinson's work. Along with presenting his redo of a 600 square foot apartment, he offers some great small space solutions and ideas that make lots of sense for small home dwellers - especially those thinking about reconfiguring their space. Jump below for the short list:

1) Take advantage of deep closets by adding shelving at the back. The article states, "Closets deeper than 24 inches are prime candidates for double duty storage. For a 36 inch deep closet, use the front part for hanging and the back 12 inches for an adjustable shelf system for seasonal storage or shoes. Access the shelves by pushing aside the hanging clothes".

2) Use below-counter height cabinets in the kitchen and avoid floor to ceiling cabinets. Wilkinson says that by keeping cabinets low, you help promote the perception of a larger space. Cabinets close to the ceiling reduce the ceiling surface area, giving the room a smaller appearance overall.

3) Consider using storage cabinets to separate rooms instead of walls. Wilkinson points out that adding a wall to seperate space takes up around 4 inches. He suggests using a storage piece instead. A 13 inch deep piece is 9 inches wider, but the difference can be split between the two rooms and "the volume of storage gained is quite substantial".

For the entire article, pick up the October issue of Met Home. For more on Andrew Wilkinson, visit his website.

Top Photos: Left, by Walter Lee and Right, by James Shanks. Photo below by Walter J. Lee. All via Wilkinson Architects.

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