Collection by Diana Budds

Clever Loft Spaces for Small Places

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Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.

The sleeping loft is fitted with mahogany rails.
In New York City, Sarah Zames of General Assembly renovated a Greenwich Village loft originally constructed in 1868.
“We took away a very thick, heavy staircase that led to the loft, and designed one that had a much lighter look,”...
A small dining room occupies the space just beyond the living room.
An alcove above the kitchen discreetly houses a sleeping space for guests.
With a built-in sofa and sleeping loft, ATLAS can accommodate three adult travelers.
Two bedrooms flank a petite loft space, bringing the apartment's total sleeping spaces to three.
"Food generally plays a part in the exchanges," explains Benson, "so the adjacent kitchen plays its part in lending to...
Steel rods surround the staircase.
The upstairs loft is an office-cum-craft room. Evidence of the family’s DIY nature is omnipresent.
A floating steel staircase ties the living area and loft together.
In the tiny sleeping loft is a platform bed with two drawers beneath it. In place of wallpaper, Schönning enlarged a...
The auxiliary cabins contain the sleeping quarters. A ladder leads to a sleeping loft underneath a gabled ceiling.
The upper level contains the master bedroom and the kids' room.
The living room is tucked beneath one of the lofts, which are accessible by a steep ladder-like staircase and fronted...
Hernandez and Surratt relax in the living room, which is enlivened by the house’s internal topography.
“The kitchen didn’t really have a home,” says Colkitt.
Raising the bed above floor level, architect Kyu Sung Woo converted this tiny studio into an open and comfortable home...
With two sleeping lofts and a convertible daybed, the Traveler can accommodate six.
Rural and urban sensibilities mix indoors.
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