Small Spaces

When you inhabit a small space, finding creative solutions are a must. Explore compact spaces, tiny houses, and studios that employ clever storage solutions. From multifunctional rooms, to space-saving hacks, to lofted living, these dwellings exhibit resourcefulness, flexibility, and style.

This Tiny, Icelandic-Inspired Prefab Could Ease the Housing Shortage in Los Angeles
Design studio Minarc launches Plús Hús, a tiny prefab dwelling starting at $37,000 that offers an affordable, environmentally...
Life in This Renovated Houseboat Would Be But a Dream
Stealth storage and a color palette borrowed from nature lets this Australian houseboat live larger than its 495 square feet.
A Tiny Apartment in the Italian Riviera Takes Cues From Nautical Design
Inspired by the region's maritime roots, this 377-square-foot unit hides the bedroom behind a crafty plywood storage system.
Get Your Glamp On in This Retro Teardrop Trailer
Keep the elements at bay with these hand-built, fully customizable teardrops from Denver-based manufacturer Timberleaf Trailers.
A Multipurpose Bedroom Box Is This Tiny Apartment's Genius Solution
Batiik Studio fashions a minimalist black box that integrates the bedroom, bathroom, and storage to save space in this small...
This Prefab Backyard Pavilion Mimics a Dragonfly's Wings
Prefabricated architecture can get a bad rap for being boring and boxy—not so for this sculptural backyard pavilion.
No Trailer, No Problem—This Cozy Teardrop Is For Rent
The Bay Area's Camp Weathered allows guests to rent a well-appointed teardrop trailer for the ultimate glamping experience.
A Photographer Couple's Airstream Renovation Lets Them Take Their Business on the Road
With no prior experience, Brandon and Gabi Fox turn a 1972 Airstream Overlander into a mobile live/work office for their wedding...
Airstream's Basecamp Is a Lightweight Trailer Stuffed With Smart Travel Solutions
Tackle new terrain with the lightest Airstream travel trailer yet.
Writers Work in Mobile Studios at This Incredible Residency in Massachusetts
Inspired by literary greats from the Berkshires, five mobile studios comprise The Mastheads, a progressive writers' residency...
These Tiny, Modular Homes Are Made of Concrete Water Pipes
Feeling the squeeze from Hong Kong's affordable housing crisis, one architect turns to a surprising new micro-housing solution.
The L.A. Home of Song Exploder’s Hrishikesh Hirway Is Barely Larger Than a Music Box
The podcaster and his wife get creative to compress their work lives into a compact home.
Can Compact Laneway Houses Like This One in Canada Transform Inner-City Neighborhoods?
Billed as an "urban cabin," the laneway housing concept is a smart, affordable way to add density and preserve historic sites.
A Couple Transform a Vintage Airstream Into a Scandinavian-Inspired Tiny Home
An ambitious couple's DIY overhaul of a decrepit 1971 Airstream Sovereign—purchased for less than $5,000—creates an airy retreat...
A London Couple's Backyard Studio Is Clad in Sustainable Cork
A musician-and-seamstress couple commission a shared workspace in their elegant garden.
An Ingenious Gold Island Transforms an Industrial Apartment in Paris
Completed for about $120,000, a custom aluminum insertion reinvents a loft in a 1920s industrial building by adding privacy...
Dwell’s Top 10 Small Spaces of 2017
Small but mighty, these compact dwellings prove that limited square footage doesn't preclude great design.
A 290-Square-Foot Apartment in São Paulo Takes Advantage of Every Inch
A perforated concrete wall and a raised Formica platform are used to maximize limited floor space in a tiny São Paulo studio.
Stressed Out? Sweden’s 72 Hour Cabins Are Designed to Soothe
The studies are in—these five charming glass cabins in Sweden might have what it takes to help you decompress.
Sofa Bed Versus Wall Bed: What's Best For Your Small Space?
Now that small space living has become more and more common, people are looking for the best types of furniture that will allow...
A Furniture Collector's Renovated Flat in Paris
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of...
This Compact Apartment in NYC Is Full of Crafty Solutions
A transforming apartment in New York offers ingenious solutions for making the most of limited square footage.
9 Small Studios Where Writers and Artists Can Get Creative
If you’re a writer or an artist of any kind, you probably understand how important it is to have a little space of your own where...
This Architect's Tiny Studio Is the Ultimate Backyard Workspace
Nestled in the backyard of a Toronto home, this architect’s self-designed work studio is an experiment gone right.
A Tiny Apartment in Slovakia Makes Clever Use of Space
A lesson in efficiency, this flexible, 237-square-foot apartment in Slovakia uses custom-made storage and furniture to its full...
Devising Clever Solutions For a Small San Francisco Loft
A software engineer outfits his tiny apartment with flexible design ideas.
A Little Apartment Gets a Solid Renovation
The budget was nearly as tight as the space in this cheerful 516-square-foot flat in Bratislava.
A Dramatic Tree House by Budget-Conscious DIY Builders
In a remote second-growth forest in Sullivan County, New York, is an off-the-grid tree house that was constructed with the help...
A Tiny Hong Kong Apartment With a Tree House-Inspired Loft
A tiny apartment in a Hong Kong high rise is named Mini Tree House Residence after its little lofted bedroom.
Celebrate Compact and Low-Budget Design With the the AIA Small Project Awards
Discover award-winning homes across the country and submit entries for the annual AIA Small Project Awards.

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