As condos continue to be a popular choice for home buyers in Toronto, design trends for small spaces have emerged as their own category of interior design. We first noticed this phenomenon when websites like Apartment Therapy became popular, and now love seeing this design trend get the full-blown attention it deserves. Ever since Toronto’s first micro-condos became available last year, we’ve been on the lookout for new and exciting trends specific to condos with small spaces. Here is what we found:
We all had an aunt or uncle with an “old school” Murphy bed. This uncomfortable, creaky monstrosity would be pulled down whenever your family went to visit, and it was always you – the kid – who had to try and sleep on it. If this sounds familiar, you’ll be happy to know that Murphy beds have come a long way since then.
Today, these beds are available in a variety of sizes and are just as comfortable as a typical mattress and box spring set – without taking up as much space! You can enjoy your office space, but still have a room for guests to spend the night.
While we’re on the topic of beds, another popular trend we’re seeing in condos with small spaces is built-in furniture. Loft beds are one of the most-seen examples of this – built either above another small room, such as the kitchen or bathroom, or with empty space below for an office or living room. We also see a lot of built-in desks, which means you don’t need to walk around another bulky piece of furniture.
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Next on our list is furniture with multiple functions. We saw this trend at the International Design Show and we love it. One of our favourites was a coffee table that transforms into a dining table – perfect for hosting a dinner party. Honourable mention goes to a space-savvy washing machine that also dries your clothing. And, of course, we can’t forget the newly designed sofa bed that turns into bunk beds. These double duty pieces are generally more expensive than their single function counterparts, but since they’re doing two jobs the extra cost can be justified.
Maximizing Vertical Space
While most condos have limited square footage, many do have high ceilings. This unused vertical space is a gold mine of opportunity for the ambitious owner. If you have a bike that’s taking up too much space, consider suspending it from the ceiling when it’s not in use. The same strategy can be used for other bulky recreational items including skis, surfboards and kayaks. Don’t need the extra storage? Make that overhead space stand out with a chunky pendant light instead.
A personal favourite design trend for small spaces is balcony customization. When you think of balcony customization, you probably imagine the typical patio accoutrements, like furniture and potted plants. While these items do give your balcony personality, there’s a new trend hitting the markets that really gives your condo balcony the “wow” factor.
To make your patio a true urban oasis, consider installing outdoor flooring, like this wooden patio flooring from IKEA. Installing these tiles will instantly make your balcony feel warmer and more inviting. If you’re really ambitious, you can even install turf on your balcony. It’s easy to care for and soft on the feet. Just be careful if you have a dog – they might mistake it for a personal restroom!
If you’re looking at condos for sale in Toronto with small spaces, furnishing them may seem like a challenge. Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can now maximize and customize your space. Follow these tips and you’ll be designing your way to a happy home in no time.
Written By: Andrew Harrild