Houzz Tour: Clever Space-saving in a Compact Dublin Apartment
Despite its bijou size, this city flat feels surprisingly spacious, thanks to some careful planning and ingenious storage solutions
Who lives here A single woman, near retirement age
Property A modern apartment
Size 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
Designer Eva Byrne of Houseology
One of Eva Byrne’s design decisions was to turn the U-shaped kitchen into an L-shaped one. “An L-shaped kitchen has fewer jarring corners and is much more pleasant to work in,” she explains. It also accommodates a longer space on the side for more accessible units.
Byrne screened the room with an outward-facing bookcase. It provides a simple, yet beautiful division between the kitchen and living area.
The units are handmade from MDF and sprayed white. Byrne took the wall units up to the ceiling to avoid dust collecting on the top. The units contain adjustable shelves that can be moved to meet different storage needs.
Many features are carried throughout the house. The kitchen floor tiles, for example, have also been used in the hall and bathroom for a unified feel. “They’re a bright white, but have texture in them to be unforgiving on dirt,” says Byrne.
Rimforsa rail, Ikea.
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The chimney breast previously housed an asymmetrically placed fireplace, but the homeowner didn’t want an open fire, as she was intending to rent out the apartment at some point. It made sense to add this slimline electric fire instead. A wall-mounted TV sits neatly next to it.
Lappljung rug, Ikea.
The right-hand wall is slanted, which pushed the sofa out at an angle, leaving an awkward gap behind it. Byrne constructed an MDF shelf that allows the sofa to sit flush against it and also provides a handy surface to display items and rest cups and glasses.
All the rooms have track ceiling lights. The ceilings are low, so pendant lamps would have dominated the space. Byrne isn’t keen on recessed LEDs, so track designs are a good alternative and offer simple, directional light.
Byrne chose an opal glass door to bring light into the hall from the bedroom. The hallway also houses an ingenious laundry station, built into a cupboard.
At the top is a shelf that can hold a suitcase, while the side area is perfect for storing long items, such as the ironing board. “I believe storage should either be very flexible, or very precise,” says Byrne.
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“This room wouldn’t be the same without the picture,” says Byrne. “The fact that it’s reflected in the mirrors adds to the quirkiness of it.”
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