The new Moxy Hotel in Times Square packs its guests into rooms that start at 150 square feet for a double (that’s less than half the size of the hotel-room average in the US). Part of a rapidly proliferating Marriott boutique chain geared to the young and peripatetic (and cost-conscious), the hotel makes up for a lack of space with well-considered design.
The bespoke interiors are the work of George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg’s Toronto- and New York–based firm, Yabu Pushelberg, which, fresh from completing the Four Seasons in downtown NYC, was charged with giving Moxy visitors “everything they want and nothing they don’t need.” The latter includes closets: They’ve been banished in favor of toe-to-toe beds and peg rails. The results, the designers say, are an antidote to “the lackluster efficiency of other affordable hotels”—and we have to agree.
Have your own tiny quarters? Take a look at the Moxy’s tactics for making the most of every inch.
Photography courtesy of the Moxy NYC Times Square.
1. Put your bed to work.
Canvas twill throw pillows have corner loops, so that when not in use, they can be hung rather than tossed. (As we point out in Remodelista: The Organized Home, it’s just as easy to put something on a hook as it is to drop it on the floor.) Bolsters at the foot of the beds can also be pulled out for creating cushioned lounging and television watching. The rooms are all painted Benjamin Moore’s Intense White.
2. Consider collapsible furniture.
3. Install wall-to-wall hooks.
Go to our Peg Rail posts to see a range of options, including 10 Easy Pieces: Peg Rails and 12 Ingenious Storage Lessons from the Shakers.
4. Customize your under-bed storage.
5. Save space with wall-mounted furniture.
The Replica Phones (with push buttons) were sourced from Ooh La La Factory; $59.99.
6. Counter straight lines with soft touches.
The round bedside sconce is the Monocle, $415, in a custom color by Rich Brilliant Willing.
7. Steal space from the bath.
The faucets are from Watermark’s Elan Vital 38 collection.
Here’s more more small-space inspiration:
- Expert Advice: 11 Tips for Making a Room Look Bigger
- 5 Bedroom Ideas to Steal from Stockholm’s Hobo Hotel
- 11 Hostel-Style Lodges for the New International Nomad
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