My husband and I purchased our first home this past August – a one bedroom 615 sq ft loft in an old converted factory. Price and location were two of the most important factors to us when we decided to make an offer. The size of the loft wasn’t much of an issue at the time of purchase, as the unit featured a great layout that made everything seem very spacious. Now that we’ve been here for seven months, the discussion of having kids has come up and it’s got me thinking…. is it possible for two adults, one dog and a baby to live in a 1 bedroom loft?
I started to do some research online to see what raising a child might be like in a small space and one thing was clear – minimalism, smart storage solutions and a lot of planning seem to be key when it comes to making a family work in tight quarters.
Refinery29 did a feature on a couple in NYC that lives in a 400 sq ft loft in Manhattan with their baby. The pair were reluctant to move out of their unit after learning that they were expecting, so they got to work and planned out how to incorporate their new family member into their home. The couple created a “nursery nook” in their bedroom that consisted of a hanging bassinet with a modern tent like shape (see image above). They also raised their bed, to create space underneath for storage, and took advantage of their tall ceilings by installing vertical shelving units.
Another family utilized built ins to create a child friendly home in their 640 sq ft space. Apartment Therapy featured the household of four whom chose to focus on furniture that could provide double duty in the limited space that they had. These built ins include a table/shelving unit in their living/dining room and a desk that turns into a bed in one of the children’s rooms. These well thought out pieces provide the family with a lot of function and less clutter.
Creating a sense of openness is also an important factor when introducing a child or children into a smaller home. David and Jacqueline, two parents featured in the Dwell post, “How One Family of Three Does It All in 675 Square Feet“, live in Brooklyn and installed a murphy bed to achieve the feeling of more space. The bed folds up into a wall in their bedroom, which is useful for when they want to open up their sliding bedroom door to create a larger L-shaped living space.
These famillies provide great inspiration and show that you can still live in a small space and have a baby without sacrificing style and function. Their homes are modern and their layouts work in a busy city setting – which is perfect for myself and others living in Toronto (who may feel like there aren’t many options in the current competitive housing market). So, now that I know that it IS possible to fit a child into our current home life the only problem I can think of is what do we do when the baby cries and we want to go to sleep?