10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Tiny Porch this Summer

by Holly Wade

If you've ever lived in an apartment or a really tiny house, you probably understand the struggle of a tiny outdoor space. Generally, tiny porches are the only type of porches you'll find with an apartment. While a tiny porch is better than no porch at all, sometimes you have to get creative with the small space you have with small balcony furniture and space saving solutions. Luckily, I've rounded up a bunch of ways to make the most of your tiny porch this summer, including DIYs, storage solutions and just plain cute pieces to add to your porch. 

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Before and After: Kate's Home Office

by Jill W

Before and After: Kate's Home Office

Tired of always closing the doors to her home office when guests came over, Kate decided to give her home office a complete chic makeover. Kate was initially inspired to do the office overhaul after purchasing the two bookcases that now flank her desk. And while the project took five months to complete, she was able to do it right under $1000!   

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The Domestic Transformer

by DIY Maven

The Domestic Transformer

Architect Gary Chang turned a 330 square foot apartment into a Domestic Transformer. In Hong Kong, where space is tighter than tight, Gary devised a sliding wall system to transform his family's 330 square foot apartment into a user-friendly posh pad that transforms into 24 different living combinations. For example,

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Color Rules for Small Spaces

by DIY Maven

Color Rules for Small Spaces

Are you under the apprehension that an all-white color palette will make a small room look larger? If so, it's actually a MIS-apprehension, according to Anne Krueger of HGTV. In her article, Color Rules for Small Spaces, Ann sets us straight about color choices for decorating rooms scant on square footage. Here's the thumbnail version:

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Eco Egg Mini Washing Machine for Lingerie

by DIY Maven

Eco Egg Mini Washing Machine for Lingerie

Recently I bought French-made undergarment that set me back 70 bucks. Instead of buying several, I figured, at that price, I'd just wash it out in the sink every few days until I felt like springing for another one. As you can probably guess, washing it by hand has become a bit monotonous, and, yes, I know I could toss it in a lingerie bag and use the old washing machine, but there's part of me that still balks at the risk. Which brings me to...

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The Study Bed

by DIY Maven

The Study Bed

Study Beds allow you to turn any extra bedroom into a study and back into a bedroom in seconds. What's especially clever about the design is nothing on the desk's surface has to be moved or even disrupted when it lowers and reveals the flip down bed. Available in single and double models. Now for the downside....looks like they're only available in the UK, and they're not inexpensive either.

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Frame that turns into a table.

by DIY Maven

Frame that turns into a table.

Perfect for small spaces, the Picturetable from Verena Lang goes from frame to table in about a second. It looks like those fabulous side supports are slipped into and out of holes drilled into the legs when they are extended. For a DIY attempt I'm thinking 1/4" rod banged into 45 degrees at the ends. A piano hinge on the bottom and two smaller ones for the legs....hmmmm.

Via.

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Bad, bad storage!

by DIY Maven

Bad, bad storage!

‘Punished, to the corner!’ is not a command but the name of a small storage unit by Cristina Toledo. The cubby can be mounted into any corner of any room. It’s certainly an interesting solution for spaces tight on storage. Via.

The first image shows objects stored while the one below features the unit closed.

 

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