SMALL SPACE: ONEROOM WONDER
This stylish San Diego studio masterfully sneaks space for living, sleeping, seating, and storage into less than 300 square feet.
Doubleduty furniture maximizes space in a tiny cottage.
a mere 275 square feet isn’t much to work with— it’s about the size of the average living room. But interior designer Danielle Perkins was tasked with squeezing an entire vacation home into this square footage. “It’s like a puzzle,” she explains, “and I love really listening to a homeowner’s needs and fitting them into the puzzle.”
The owners of this small San Diego studio—just 20 steps from the Mission Beach boardwalk—required a complete kitchen, seating and sleeping space for their grandkids, and storage for all the towels, boogie boards, folding chairs, and warmweather wear needed for beach outings.
Perkins created space by removing a wall that closed off the kitchen and by shaving inches off the fridge and range to fit in a dishwasher. For enhanced storage, she also employed furniture that does double-duty, stretched cabinets all the way to the ceiling, and utilized every inch of shelf space. “It was great fun,” the designer says now, “and kind of mind-blowing what we did with it.” Puzzle beautifully solved.