Combining stairs and storage is becoming a very popular way to save space in very small homes. This Paris apartment, designed by French firm Schemaa, does so in gorgeous style by using alternating-tread steps with included storage as a central feature of the 30 square meter home.
The storage-rich staircase occupies one wall of the combined kitchen/dining/living space, and it isn’t the only impressive space-saving feature. The dining table features removable legs that mount on the wall, then the tabletop hangs on the wall covering them. When put away, the dining table resembles a piece of minimalist modern art.
A small restroom is tucked away behind the staircase past an itty-bitty entrance door. Opposite the storage stairway is a long counter and a row of cabinets that house the kitchen functions and storage. Little pops of orange punctuate the proliferation of light-colored wood, enhancing the apartment’s ultra-modern interior.

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The bottom of the staircase features a mirror that gives the illusion of a larger space. A bookcase provides additional storage and another focal point for the small home. At the top of the staircase is a Japanese-style attic sleeping room. A skylight floods the room with natural light, and a tiny dressing room occupies the space behind the bed. Not a single meter of space is wasted in this stylish and enviable city home.