June 10, 2014
Partitioning small spaces may seem counterintuitive, but when combined with storage solutions, room dividers can make compact homes feel bigger and more multifunctional.
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  The staircase in a 648-square-foot London home acts as both room divider and main storage, separating the living and dining areas while also keeping A/V equipment and cycling gear tucked away. Photo by Peter Marlow.  Photo by Peter Marlow.

    The staircase in a 648-square-foot London home acts as both room divider and main storage, separating the living and dining areas while also keeping A/V equipment and cycling gear tucked away. Photo by Peter Marlow.

    Photo by Peter Marlow.
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  An Upper West Side apartment’s all-in-one cabinet provides storage space in its fully closed position and doubles as room divider in its unfolded state, separating sleeping nook from workspace. Photo by Raimund Koch.  Photo by Raimund Koch.

    An Upper West Side apartment’s all-in-one cabinet provides storage space in its fully closed position and doubles as room divider in its unfolded state, separating sleeping nook from workspace. Photo by Raimund Koch.

    Photo by Raimund Koch.
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  Faced with a low budget and square footage, the owner of a Bratislava flat came up with a clever solution in a cabinet system that does triple duty by delineating the space of the dining room, letting light into the bathroom, and providing culinary storage space.

    Faced with a low budget and square footage, the owner of a Bratislava flat came up with a clever solution in a cabinet system that does triple duty by delineating the space of the dining room, letting light into the bathroom, and providing culinary storage space.

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  In Toronto a studio doubles as a live-work space, thanks in part to a custom bookcase that provides easy-access storage while also separating the studio space below from the stairs and bedroom above. Photo by Matthew Williams.  Photo by Matthew Williams. Courtesy of matthew williams.

    In Toronto a studio doubles as a live-work space, thanks in part to a custom bookcase that provides easy-access storage while also separating the studio space below from the stairs and bedroom above. Photo by Matthew Williams.

    Photo by Matthew Williams. Courtesy of matthew williams.
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  A Tokyo architect maximized space in her 940-square-foot apartment by cutting a hole in the wall between her bedroom and workroom and then installing a door that swings open to reveal built-in bookshelves, thus expanding the workroom and partitioning the bedroom at the same time. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.  Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

    A Tokyo architect maximized space in her 940-square-foot apartment by cutting a hole in the wall between her bedroom and workroom and then installing a door that swings open to reveal built-in bookshelves, thus expanding the workroom and partitioning the bedroom at the same time. Photo by Ryohei Hamada.

    Photo by Ryohei Hamada.
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  The open storage unit at the far end of this Tokyo home helps minimize clutter while simultaneously separating the dining area from the bedroom; it also echoes traditional Japanese open-plan architecture by eliminating floor-to-ceiling interior walls. Photo by Adam Friedberg.  Photo by Adam Friedberg.

    The open storage unit at the far end of this Tokyo home helps minimize clutter while simultaneously separating the dining area from the bedroom; it also echoes traditional Japanese open-plan architecture by eliminating floor-to-ceiling interior walls. Photo by Adam Friedberg.

    Photo by Adam Friedberg.
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The staircase acts as both room divider and main storage. The stair “carpet” is made from the same tough rubber that is used to make tires for semis.

The staircase in a 648-square-foot London home acts as both room divider and main storage, separating the living and dining areas while also keeping A/V equipment and cycling gear tucked away. Photo by Peter Marlow.

Photo by Peter Marlow.

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