This Attic Apartment Shows How to Make the Most of a Small Space

by Simplify

After learning about his professional background, it should come as no surprise to anyone that architect and furniture dealer, Jacobo Valentí, was able to transform a tiny attic apartment in Barcelona into an incredible living space full of his treasured finds.

And because his attic apartment ideas can inspire others like himself, he’s happy to give a full tour of his beautiful home online.


Mainly using materials available in the 1960s, Jacobo designed his small attic studio apartment entirely around the concept of the mid-century modern style he has grown to love. With only 366 square feet to work with, it may sound like a simple task.

However, Jacobo went above and beyond, developing an attic apartment design that far exceeds most people’s expectations for a tiny home.

In an attic apartment, the kitchen is typically the first thing to enter people’s minds. Jacobo smartly designed this as a corridor between the entrance and the living areas to save space. He styled it with rich wood cabinets, stainless steel countertops, a backsplash, a sink, a refrigerator, and a washing machine.

Surprisingly enough, many of these features are original pieces from that time period, while others are IKEA products that have been made over to match the mid-century aesthetic.

His attic apartment also includes a shower and wash closet, a sofa, a dinette table, and a bed. Plus, there are several closets and storage areas to house his personal belongings like clothing, linens, vinyl records, and his shoes.

To create a sense of having a larger space, Jacobo used strategically-placed mirrors. And he even added a porthole, originally from a boat, to his attic apartment for additional light and ventilation throughout.

It’s these simple touches that really make this tiny attic apartment a place Jacobo can proudly call his home.

Attic apartment

For more tiny apartment tours, discover this interior architect's stylish Antwerp apartment or this creative art-studio-apartment in Warsaw, Poland.

To see more videos, check out the NEVER TOO SMALL YouTube channel.

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