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If finding a new apartment presents a challenge in the Netherlands, furnishing it is likely to be even harder, a new study reveals. From tiny rooms to sloping ceilings, elbow-grazingly narrow corridors to vertiginously steep staircases, research reveals that Dutch homes are so unique in their architecture, residents are often unable to find furniture that fits.

Commissioned by made-to-measure furniture design brand Tylko, the research exposes the obstacles facing Dutch renters and homeowners alike. Almost a third of residents say they have to store items in inconvenient places due to space limitations, and 24% of respondents say they have to stop themselves from buying things because there’s nowhere to keep them in their home.

The lack of space even affects relationships: one in five Dutch couples argues about the lack of storage in their house.

Interior design is particularly difficult. More than one in 10 adults (13%) said they have had to buy furniture they don’t like, just because it fits. The same proportion said they have been stuck with furniture in their home that can’t physically be removed.

Struggle with Dutch stairs

Even flatpack furniture isn’t always an option – one in 10 respondents say they can’t find anything on the market to accommodate their individual needs, while a third say they’ve had to go to “extreme lengths” to get existing furniture into a new home.

You can get a Tylko wardrobe up the stairs! Photo: Elise Bak & Sebastian Wied Leyton

Despite their homes causing daily challenges, a third of Dutch residents say they love the uniqueness of homes in the Netherlands – but wish they could find a way to store their belongings. In fact, when asked whether custom-made storage would improve their current living space, four out of five respondents agreed.

Tylko co-founder Hanna Kokczyńska says: “Homes in the Netherlands are celebrated for their unique design, but that shouldn’t mean residents are compromising on their living conditions and storage.

“That’s why Tylko has developed digital tools to allow customers to design their perfect, made-to-measure furniture, transforming challenging spaces with stylish, practical solutions that can be disassembled and rebuilt as many times as you need – without a huislift in sight!”

Polish start-up

Navigating the challenges of Dutch architecture is the next step in Tylko’s mission to reform the global furniture industry. The furniture start-up emerged from Poland’s innovative design scene eight years ago, when University of Warsaw graduates Hanna Kokczyńska and Jacek Majewski joined forces with two architects, Mikołaj Molenda and Michał Piasecki, and financial strategist Benjamin Kuna.

Fit any space, usefully. Photo: @casaperdido, Frank Lin

Together, they created an app that would enable Tylko customers to design personalised shelving and storage – “perfect-fit” furniture, with minimum waste and minimum hassle.

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