Shoebox apartments, which are ubiquitous in cities like Hong Kong and Japan, are known for being notoriously small. Meant for no more than one or two occupants, a typical shoebox unit, also known as “Micky Mouse” apartments, ranges from 100 to 500 sq ft. In 2013, there were reportedly 2,600 such units in Singapore.
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While we hope that apartments in Singapore don’t get drastically smaller, there are some things we can learn from tiny shoebox apartments. Here are 16 ways to maximise space and style, as seen from these petite homes: