Storage-Smart Renovation in New York City

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May 13, 2009
Originally published in Think Smaller
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A Narrow Victory

Living small is par for the course in New York City, but accommodating a family of four in under 700 square feet rarely looks as effortless as in this storage-smart renovation.

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  In the living room, a sizable table disappears into vertical space to make room for parties or playtime with the kids.
    In the living room, a sizable table disappears into vertical space to make room for parties or playtime with the kids.
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  When it’s time to eat or do homework, the adults lower the tabletop, revealing a dozen book cubbies.
    When it’s time to eat or do homework, the adults lower the tabletop, revealing a dozen book cubbies.
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  The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.
    The table’s base, which itself is an additional storage container, rolls easily into place to support the surface.
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  Having a home office in an apartment of this size might seem impossible, but flexible furniture transforms one room into two.
    Having a home office in an apartment of this size might seem impossible, but flexible furniture transforms one room into two.
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  All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.
    All it takes is gentle downward pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.
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  In this tightly spaced apartment in New York, noroof Architects designed a multifunctional piece of furniture for the kid's room. All it takes is a little gentle pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.

    In this tightly spaced apartment in New York, noroof Architects designed a multifunctional piece of furniture for the kid's room. All it takes is a little gentle pressure to lower the desk to the floor, bringing the kid-size mattress into position for bedtime.

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  From the living room, the narrow apartment stretches back into the sleeping quarters by way of a compact kitchen that packs all the needs of a home chef against one wall.
    From the living room, the narrow apartment stretches back into the sleeping quarters by way of a compact kitchen that packs all the needs of a home chef against one wall.
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  The bed takes up nearly the entire master bedroom, but it doesn’t make the space feel cramped. The wide window keeps the tiny box light.
    The bed takes up nearly the entire master bedroom, but it doesn’t make the space feel cramped. The wide window keeps the tiny box light.
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  The exposed original brick is one of the few reminders of the apartment’s old bones.
    The exposed original brick is one of the few reminders of the apartment’s old bones.
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  Although the apartment’s only windows are on the far ends of the space, skylights keep things bright. Recessed lighting along the brick wall supplements the daylight.
    Although the apartment’s only windows are on the far ends of the space, skylights keep things bright. Recessed lighting along the brick wall supplements the daylight.
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  In the kitchen, colorful cookware accents white surfaces.
    In the kitchen, colorful cookware accents white surfaces.
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  A skylight in the compact bathroom opens the space, and green tiles give the room a spa-like feel.
    A skylight in the compact bathroom opens the space, and green tiles give the room a spa-like feel.
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  The sliding pantry cabinet doubles as a room divider when fully extended, separating the kitchen from the bedrooms.
    The sliding pantry cabinet doubles as a room divider when fully extended, separating the kitchen from the bedrooms.
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  Storage under the bed and floor hides clutter in the master bedroom.
    Storage under the bed and floor hides clutter in the master bedroom.
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