Jay Austin’s Matchbox house is only eight feet wide but feels bigger, thanks to a well-organized interior. A skylight over the lofted bed and some clever storage moves, including magnetized spice containers overhead, help maximize space. Photo by Eli Meir Kaplan.
Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser has all he needs in his compact, 580-square-foot Hollywood abode. The bed was designed to hang from the ceiling and can be hoisted up and pulled down as needed. When not in use as the headboard, the large redwood slab folds down to become a desk. Photo by Joe Pugliese.
This cozy Portland home is a lesson in efficiency. The lofted bed and workspace rise above a compact sink and closet area. “People ask us, ‘What did you do to make your house not feel like this cramped little thing?’ with the idea that the house is trying to act big,” says resident Katherine Bovee. “It’s not. It’s a small house acting like a small house. We built the house to fit in its own skin.”
By utilizing space made available by its high ceilings, this New York City apartment, although small, doesn't look cramped. “Wonbo had to be able to stand in the sleeping area,” architect Kyu Sung Woo says of his son. “By combining two dimensions—the height of the bed and that of the closet (the top of which forms the bedroom floor)—we made that possible.” Photo by Adam Friedberg.