Tiny matchbox apartment hides closet & bathtub in drawers




Micro-apartments are common in historically dense cities like Paris and Barcelona, but architect Valentina Maini wasn’t interested in typical small space solutions like lofted sleeping quarters or murphy beds. She wanted her 25 square meter home (269 square feet) to look a bit more conventional, but to stack functions.

She hired a carpenter to create a dining table that slides over a matching bench to create more room for guests (she’s had 20 over for wine and cheese). She didn’t stop there. The bench also slides to reveal a full-sized bathtub: her micro-spa. Valentina filled her need for leg-less chairs using traditional zen tatami chairs that can be placed above her bathtub/bench for eating or reading or removed for bath hour (or used to create a viewing lounge outside her balcony window).

Not interested in the daily work involved in a transforming bed, Valentina simply raised her mattress a few extra feet and set to work creating a closet below. Recycling three large cabinets from her former work place (her tiny pad is now also her home office), she created sliding drawers for clothing that tuck within sliding drawers for the cabinets that all tuck neatly beneath her sleeping quarters (though if she’d had 20 centimeters more in height she would have created a hanging closet within the cabinets).

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Valentina Maini: www.valentinamaini.net

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39 Comments

  1. Patricia Elena Alfonso Barragán
    June 17, 2017
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    Wowww! this is a really tiny house, but doesn't look like. is practical, cosy refuge and very clever ideas. Thanks

  2. Renata Novato
    June 22, 2017
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    I loved What she said about having more public space and a controlled private space. It seems to me that nowadays people want the public spaces to disappear., giving too much importance to the private areas.

  3. Emily Wilcox
    June 23, 2017
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    I go to uni in Paris and spent a year living in a 14m2 studio, thought it was part of that Parisian charm to squeeze yourself into small living spaces but it's surprisingly hard living in smaller spaces… this is so lovley tho!

  4. Fermain Jackson
    July 8, 2017
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    what a cozy lovely place…. congratulations….

  5. Rachel S
    July 18, 2017
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    great layout and she did great with bed

  6. Mel Campbell
    July 19, 2017
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    If she got some soft foam, i wonder if she could put that on top of the bench covering the bath? That could make a spare bed? Although i dont know where she would store the foam!

  7. Alex Jones
    July 31, 2017
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    rubbsih..disgusting

  8. JoJo Hamilton
    August 11, 2017
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    Put the books into storage?

  9. Celé Gleeson
    August 14, 2017
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    this is my favorite mini apartment on u tube. charming and clever.

  10. Casey J
    August 18, 2017
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    How much did that cost you to buy before you renovated it? I love how you have utilised your space. How much is your home worth now?

  11. Mong Xu
    August 19, 2017
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    nice room.

  12. Cat of Truth
    August 23, 2017
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    She can sell that type of signature type of furniture. Dining table + bath tub combo. But then again the placing of the bath tub was made because that was the original bathroom placement

  13. Portia Adams
    September 19, 2017
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    Absolutely loved it

  14. 8eeable
    September 26, 2017
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    This is a great apartment. So bright and plenty of outdoor space. Does not seem small at all. Great use of space, especially the tub is just fantastic.

  15. auxmike
    September 28, 2017
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    Bookshelves have taken up all the room!

  16. georgewu5
    September 30, 2017
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    I am also against the idea to make beds every day. Therefore, I used the full height book cases to divide the living space from the queen sized bed ! No more making beds if I don't have the urge to ! Meanwhile, I have designed container apartments with 190 sf o-br, 350 1-br, and 540 2-br apartments, all interchangeable. The living spaces are 10-'-0" wide, not 7'-0" narrow container width. Buying a run down single family house, demolished, and put up six containers to make four tiny apartments is what I have planned to do next. living in one and renting out three is good for retirement living. [email protected]gmail.com 2017-9-30 P.S. I have drawn up a complete floor plan and elevation on one piece of graph paper today. Simple and ready to go !

  17. georgewu5
    September 30, 2017
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    To M's Kirsten Dirksen, Congratulations to your excellent work for YouTube ! [email protected]gmail.com 2017-9-30

  18. Dee Mic
    October 2, 2017
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    This is super clever and really well thought out.

    She basically wanted a great view, but had to compromise on space.

    Which she then optimised.

    Couldn't be better.

  19. wingpearlpetalandshell
    October 3, 2017
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    I watched this video years ago, still come back to re-watch it. Its the perfect small space. I love it. 🙂

  20. plutonianprincess
    October 3, 2017
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    I just read a comments thread where people were arguing over whether the bookshelves are a waste of space or not, (and that one guy in particular who is rather combative and adamant about it being so). So just thought I would weigh in as a writer and researcher who lives in a 200 sq ft apartment. Sometimes you need to have reference materials and some go-to core texts to look up early theories, forms and arguments in. It is like, "Hmm…okay I am writing this research paper up and I believe I once read this such-and-such idea in so-and-so's book." That is when I will go over to my bookshelves and look it up. I have a good research library at work, of course, and a lot of key texts in my office, but I do occasionally work from home. Sometimes you have to compromise a little when it comes to how you use your space? I would not fault an avid gamer for using up a good portion of his or her room on an elaborate PC gaming set-up, or a big Star Wars fan having a section dedicated to his most prized collectibles. The key thing is to make a space yours, and that you can rest in it and feel at ease. What may look uncomfortable to you, might be restorative for someone else. 🙂

  21. Mandy Pee
    October 9, 2017
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    Book collection goals

  22. Michael Reed
    October 12, 2017
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    Best bathroom design ever

  23. James Briggs
    October 12, 2017
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    I love the bathtub!!
    Kathy B.

  24. Tineke Williams
    October 14, 2017
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    I like that, especially the book shelves and the bath, amazing, love it !

  25. Ruth Presti
    October 14, 2017
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    I saved this video and return to it again and again for inspiration in my own tiny space. I have about 15 more feet to work with than she did, and particularly find the bed with storage exciting because I am getting too old for a loft with many stairs, but I also like the fact that you can hide the bed in your living area. The fact that I already have the existing dressers is a plus. I have the tatami chairs which I hang up Shaker style on pegs when not in use. My grandkids love sitting on them while they play video games or watch a movie at my house.

  26. Faye V
    October 14, 2017
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    Her home feels wonderfully sleepy

  27. Yumi Park
    October 27, 2017
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    Wowwww i love it!! Look so cozy

  28. nikki g
    October 30, 2017
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    I wish they showed the outdoor patio more

  29. smita prakash
    October 31, 2017
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    This house is a dream…so cleverly done

  30. Anne Marie
    November 10, 2017
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    Brilliant! I adore the bathtub idea! Love chairs, bed and balcony.
    You are beautiful!
    Thank you for sharing!
    By the way, I would absolutely have to have books all around too 🙂

  31. Baba Rafi
    November 15, 2017
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    It's really wonderful place

  32. Penny Giller
    November 16, 2017
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    Very Nice but as a former caregiver if you do not stop with the cigarettes you will not be able to climb those stairs easily…bless you…take care of yourself….

  33. Gerald N
    November 16, 2017
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    Industrious woman.

  34. Albino Gorilla
    November 17, 2017
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    People tend to know what they're talking bout construction wise when they constantly speak in measurements

  35. Carolyn Brt
    November 18, 2017
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    Very clever.

  36. allisfaith
    November 18, 2017
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    7:20 “what you have is inside you it’s not outside of you”

  37. Wendy and David
    November 22, 2017
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    Love the apartment. If she keeps smoking she's going to sound like Marge Simpsons sisters, so sad.

  38. Ben Lambert
    November 22, 2017
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    This is one of my favorite tiny spaces!

  39. игорь титов
    November 25, 2017
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    Очень интересная компоновка .

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