"If you have a small room, consider taking out the closet's doors and replacing them with a handsome drapery on rings that slide along a track," Trey Russell suggests. "I used a light-gray Belgian linen for my drapery panels. They make the room look so much softer and give you more room."

Small-space living: 18 interiors to inspire

A loft bedroom above the kitchen in this studio apartment in San Diego.

Small-space living: 18 interiors to inspire

A loft bedroom above the kitchen in this studio apartment in San Diego.

How to turn a closet into an office, explained step-by-step by an interior designer

How to turn an apartment closet into an office

Kyle Schuneman helps turn a closet in a small apartment into an alcove work space.

Photo tour: Airstream trailers transformed into hotel rooms by a Santa Barbara architect.

Architect Matthew Hofmann renovated four trailers to create the Airstream hotel in Santa Barbara, California. To create visual flow, he reduced the amount of storage, which wasnÕt necessary for a hotel room and had made the interiors feel tight.

Floor-to-ceiling drapes (like these, which cover a window and a closet) can make a small bedroom feel like a sanctuary. More on this New Orleans-inspired bungalow: http://lat.ms/10ANGs9

Katherine LaNasa's Venice house: Big Easy style in a little bungalow

In Katherine LaNasa's Venice bedroom, floor-to-ceiling drapes cover the window and closet to make the tiny bedroom feel like a sanctuary. LaNasa chose the Matera bed from Design Within Reach as it has three drawers on both sides for storage.

Photo tour: This Echo Park house is only 495 square feet, but uses the space quite creatively for maximum effect on a minimal footprint. (The kitchen is on the left and living space on the right.)

Mini Modern: New 495-square-foot L.A. house

Designer Louis Molina of Good Idea Studio calls it "the smallest new house in Echo Park," an L. house that uses its 495 square feet quite creatively for maximum effect on a minimal footprint.

Photo tour: This Echo Park house squeezes 960 square feet of living space out of a 780-square-foot urban lot.

Simon Storey's Eel's Nest: Small house, even smaller lot

Photo tour: This Echo Park house squeezes 960 square feet of living space out of a urban lot.


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