As city property prices continue to skyrocket, the trend for micro apartments is growing. We've rounded up eight examples – from a 13-square-metre crashpad in Poland, to a Parisian flat with a home cinema – to show how to make the most of a tiny space (+ slideshow).
Bespoke joinery with built-in storage creates partitions in this Sydney studio apartment.
The 36-square-metre flat, which was renovated by local design firm Catseye Bay, is rented out to holidaymakers. Find out more about Versailles »
Lack of floor space in this small but lofty Madrid apartment led Spanish studio MYCC to consider a more vertical arrangement.
The resident has to scale the walls using ladders and stairs, like a character in a computer game. Find out more about 100m3 »
Floor-to-ceiling storage units make use of every scrap of head room in this 22-metre-square micro apartment in Taipei, designed by Taiwanese studio A Little Design. Find out more about 22m2 Apartment »
This Berlin apartment is organised around a compact timber unit.
Designed by Berlin studio Spamroom and architect John Paul Coss, this space-saving addition contains a bathroom and hosts a mezzanine sleeping area. Find out more about Micro-Apartment Moabit »
The smallest apartment on the list is the 13-square-metre residence of Polish designer Szymon Hanczar.
To maximise his tiny space in Wrocław, Hanczar created a sleeping platform above the kitchen and bathroom, a suspended seating area and a wall-mounted bike rack. Find out more about 13m2 Apartment »
Miel Arquitectos and Studio P10 created two micro live-work spaces within this Barcelona apartment.
The two residences have separate bedrooms and workspaces, but they share a kitchen, dining area and lounge to make the most of their combined 65 square metres. Find out more about Salva46 »
Hungarian firm Position Collective designed this Airbnb property in Budapest.
It features a huge pegboard storage wall and a stage-like sleeping platform, designed to cater to the needs of its temporary occupants. Hungarian firm Position Collective has renovated a Budapest studio flat, designing a furniture and storage system that caters for temporary occupants booking via Airbnb.
A birch-plywood unit separates the bedroom from the living space in this Parisian studio, located inside a 17th-century townhouse.
To squeeze extra living space out of the compact apartment, architect Anne Rolland also converted a former slurry pit below it into a music room and home cinema. Find out more about Studio Li »