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Four tiny New York apartments that will wow you with their creative use of space

Will Gleason

Living in New York means most of us have to make due with living in a pretty small space. While many people deal with that unfortunate fact by making a few creative Container Store purchases and buying some bed risers, these NYC home owners and designers have elevated tiny living situations with bold design and innovative decorating. When it comes to these apartments, good things really do come in small packages.

Rayon Richards

All the main components of this tiny studio fold into a single wall, making the most of a mere 450 square feet. The custom-made cabinet compresses space-hogging elements like a nightstand, desk, closet, bookshelves and, as you can see, even a bed.

Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture

This incredibly efficient, tiny East Village apartment was designed by Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture to bring a peaceful, zen-like ambience to a strikingly small space. The wood paneled central station on view in this photo not only supports a lofted bedroom, but also contains the bathroom and kitchen below the bed, and provides storage space.

n Architects

n Architects delivered the winning proposal for My Micro NY, a competition sponsored by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development in January 2013, with this rendering, . The small apartment, which contains a pull down bed, as well as a full kitchen and bathroom, is being used as a model for a new ten-story residential building, which is currently under construction. It will eventually boast 55 micro units like this.


With the help of a few movable walls, this 420-square-foot space can accommodate a sit-down dinner for 12, a comfortable lounge for 8, a home office, a work area, a hideable kitchen, bunk beds (see the first photo in this post) and more. Design firm LifeEdited created the layout to tackle a wide range of functions. 


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