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The era of McMansion worship is long over (thank God), and small spaces are finally getting some well-earned respect in the design world.

So whether you reside in a 3,000-square-foot palace or a 300-square-foot micro-studio, chances are you’ve at least got a little alcove, niche or vestibule that deserves some love. Here’s your inspiration.

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A matching set of side tables takes up less space than a coffee table. (Really!)

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For the reading-in-bed set, we present: The best little book nook, where shelves double as steps and under-the-bed storage abounds.

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Eliminating sharp corners makes maneuvering in this small bathroom a helluva lot easier.


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When space is truly at a premium, the skinniest bookshelves become your very best friend.

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Speaking of storage, we can’t get enough of this light-filled nook. The elevated bed takes advantage of vertical space and the blonde wood brightens everything.

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A twee TV blends right in to this gallery wall.

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While bright bold hues and eclectic decor add major personality to this tiny-ass apartment.

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Turn your under-the-stairs space into a cushioned dog den for the family pet…or your most nimble child.

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Repeat after us: Built-ins, built-ins, built-ins.

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World’s cutest patio, world’s tiniest “lawn.”

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Hang a floating shelf in any corner to spare valuable floor space.

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Or use that nightstand as a desk.

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Proof that ghost chairs (and layered area rugs) are everything. Here they help define and separate an intimate seating area.

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This compact kitchenette still boasts big character thanks to colorful cabinets, which nicely offset the industrial feel of the rack shelving.

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Built-in steps and cabinets turn a weirdly angled alcove into the reading corner of our dreams. (Just add a blanket and a hot cocoa.)

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Bet your dorm room was never this chic (yeah, ours neither).

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And for all the extremists out there: A 196-square-foot apartment, home to a couple, a baby and a Great Dane. Allegedly.

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