Clever Storage Solutions For Apartments, According To Interior Designer Tito Villanueva
With Metro Manila getting more packed by the day, more and more people are choosing apartment and condominium living because of how it's perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle.
Despite limited square footage, though, a smaller space doesn’t necessarily have to be synonymous to uncomfortable or constricted.
Metro Home host Anton Barretto visits the apartment of renowned interior designer Tito Villanueva to learn some of his clever storage solutions and techniques to maximize space and increase storage, while still maintaining a breathing and moving space.
“As an interior designer who studies space, we are somehow able to conceptualize the space no matter how small it is, to find little nooks and add whichever necessary storage is needed,” Tito says about his work and how he brings this space-maximizing technique into his own home. “As they say, you can never have too much storage.”
As a collector, Tito needs ample storage for his ornaments and antiques. This is why he makes sure every wall of his apartment is utilized well.
In the foyer, an unassuming cabinet turns into a bar, perfect for hosting. In the kitchen, the glossed white walls are actually hidden cabinets that reveal a television. Another white panel opens to reveal a spice rack, keeping the kitchen neat and tidy.
Foyer cabinet opens to reveal a bar
Hidden TV in the kitchen
Hidden spice rack-slash-pantry
Tito also keeps a home office which is located behind two glass doors, giving an illusion of more space and providing privacy when needed. The long table is intelligently chosen to maximize the narrow space.
The home office is separated from the living room with a glass door
His bedroom is fully utilized as well, every corner and every wall made to showcase paintings or hold personal belongings. Continuing with the hidden door theme, one wall slides to reveal a spacious walk-in closet.
Tito’s home is filled to the brim with curiosities and collectibles, but his smart way of designing and storing his paraphernalia makes the space livable and organized.
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