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291 Sq. Ft. Minimalist Multi-Functional Apartment

This is a 291 sq. ft. minimalist multi-functional apartment redesigned by architect, Brad Swartz.

He took an originally awkward space and transformed it into a smart space-saving home. Inside you’ll notice a large wall that holds a workstation, bookshelf, television, wardrobe, and more.

When you slide open the left side the bathroom is revealed. When you slide to the right you’ll find the bedroom.

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291 Sq. Ft. Minimalist Multi-Functional Apartment


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Andrea has lived simply in small spaces for more than 7 years and enjoys sharing her space saving (and space multiplying) tips from experience.

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  • Avatar Martha September 14, 2015, 1:21 pm

    I love it! It’s one of the best in its category that I’ve ever seen, and I could easily live in this relatively small space. Well done!

  • Avatar Deadrock September 14, 2015, 1:27 pm

    Kudos, dude! I love how creative people get when faced with such a tiny canvas.

  • Avatar Kim W September 14, 2015, 1:41 pm

    I love this little apartment, too. Well done. One of the few tiny apartments that doesn’t feel claustrophobic or look too visually cluttered.

  • Avatar Katiei September 14, 2015, 1:54 pm

    Spartan but creative and clever.

  • Avatar TOM T September 14, 2015, 2:00 pm


  • Avatar alice h September 14, 2015, 3:59 pm

    Great layout, much better use of space and provision of privacy.

  • Avatar Karen September 14, 2015, 4:13 pm

    I like this a lot, however, my personal feeling is that I’d need just a tad more space in a stationary habitat. Because you have to think about so many other things with a tiny house on wheels like weight, height, width, as well as easy mobility, I’d adjust to a small space such as this because I’d plan to be on the go a lot with it. However, for a tiny apartment or house, I would want more space to put my craft supplies in that I plan to spend a lot of time at home creating.

    See other people’s homes is making my decisions very difficult. With all of the great ideas, my tiny house is turning into a McMansion. LOL!

    • Avatar alice h September 14, 2015, 7:19 pm

      Replace the couch with a daybed, turn the bedroom into a craft room.

      • Avatar Lori February 19, 2017, 2:33 pm

        Great idea! As a fellow crafter, I would certainly need a large crafting space like that former bedroom. Make that tv space into a shallow fake fireplace (with the tv hidden in the ‘chimney’) and it would be perfect for me.

        • Avatar alice h February 19, 2017, 10:22 pm

          I ended up with a 36′ Class A RV for a tiny home. Originally I planned to turn the bedroom into my craft space but it’s going to be mostly storage for tools and supplies instead with the actual working space integrated into the living area. There are several wheeled trunks full of fabrics to stack in there once the bed is removed.

        • Avatar Lori February 19, 2017, 11:56 pm

          My idea was to have a dropdown table for the sewing machine or working on a project attached to the wall, on a swivel. That way you can set it up inside the doorway to the room, then put it away when you’re done. Otherwise the entire room is for craft and other storage. I have enough fabric, lace, and yarn to open my own shop if I wanted to!

        • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee February 20, 2017, 7:30 am

          Wow that sounds awesome 🙂

  • Avatar Lynnette September 14, 2015, 4:30 pm

    This is an excellent plan. I love the bed nook. I love the coziness of those bed areas such as are in Hong Kong etc.

  • Avatar Kristine September 14, 2015, 11:39 pm

    Yep, I love it. If they had the island/small table as in the plan it would be perfect. I would live here in a heartbeat.

  • Avatar Marjorie September 15, 2015, 6:42 am

    Lovely use of space, very inspiring!

  • Avatar Trish September 15, 2015, 10:39 am

    Excellent use of space, very functional, light and airy. What more does one need in a tiny place?

  • Avatar MareM September 15, 2015, 6:07 pm

    A real bed, a real sofa, no ladder…a real winner. Add a convertible coffee table to also serve as kitchen prep area and dining table, and you have a recipe for comfortable, long-term living.

  • Avatar Jonathan September 16, 2015, 5:14 am

    to Dianne Londson
    Please go to trekker trailers website. They build tiny houses without a lot invery discent prices.

  • Avatar Large Marge September 14, 2016, 6:08 pm

    Clean. Simple. Functional. A man designed it, a man lives in it.

    We also like your Lindfield Guest House with its disappearing wall onto the fern garden.

    Nods and smiles all around.

  • Avatar Nancy September 14, 2016, 10:30 pm

    Love it! Especially love how bright it is!

  • Avatar Saga September 17, 2016, 5:55 am

    Such an ingenious solution. And wouldn’t be too difficult to replicate, even if you don’t have mad carpentry skills.

  • Avatar ROSEE February 14, 2017, 10:41 am

    White, but very impressive!

  • Avatar Joe1 February 24, 2017, 5:24 pm

    This apartment is really amazing, but the one thing that really bothers me is the bathroom that opens directly to the kitchen. Very unappetizing. I’d rather have the bedroom off of the kitchen and the bathroom on the other side.

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