Tiny apartment inspiration by architect Jack Chen
This Never Too Small tour of a 376 square foot (35 square meter) apartment by architect Jack Chen is ingeniously designed for both function and form. The custom-built walls allow for a home office, entertainment center, and dining table—luxuries usually sacrificed in small spaces.
I’ve lived in some small spaces in my time, with our 240 square foot studio in San Francisco being the smallest. Inevitably something has to give—usually in my case it’s the bike storage, dining table, or home office. But this space has brilliant made space for it all. Normally I only share spaces that are not owned because being able to undergo construction is an advantage most of us don’t have. However, this space has many elements that can be replicated in a rental situation. Plus it’s just too good not to share. Read on for my take on this space by architect Jack Chen.
Details to look for that make this space great
While Jack Chen owns the unit and was able undergo construction, there are a number of elements that make this space great that you can replicate even if you’re renting.
Pegs for flexible storage
Wall-mounted bench rather than legs on the floor for easy cleaning
Big window with a ledge cushion for lounging
Book shelf under the window ledge and storage on either side
Round coffee table so you don’t bang your knee every time you walk by
Reflective storage surfaces to make the space appear bigger
Wall-mounted bike (something I’ve struggled with in our past apartments)
Home office + entertainment center
Drop down desk surface for working
Hidden storage for office supplies including a lamp
Fold away cover that reveals television
Wall mounted night stand rather than legs on the floor for easy cleaning
Flush built in closet storage behind the bed
Flush cabinets with no knobs give a look of continuity
Wall mounted utensils with nothing on the counter
Pull out dining table and flat folding stools
Glass between bathroom and kitchen privacy
Bring the outside in
No tub, standing shower only