When you’re a single person living on a budget, a studio apartment is a smart option with just the perfect amount of space for your needs. But how can you keep the space looking clean and open once you fit all your belongings in there? It’s all about smart furnishings. Check out these tips to create a sophisticated studio space.
Studio apartments are marked by their open design, typically with a main room and a separate bathroom, much like a hotel room. They also tend to be quite small, often ranging around 300 to 600 square feet, though sometimes smaller. That means you don’t have a lot of floor space to work with, so instead, think three dimensionally.
A floor-to-ceiling bookshelf, for instance, provides plenty of storage space while allowing you to fill it with color for an artistic appeal. Consider small colorful storage totes to keep things organized and colorful at the same time.
Here are some other options:
- Install a shelf above the bathroom door for storing extra toilet paper and bathroom supplies.
- Loft up your bed and place a couch, futon, or desk below it.
- Purchase an over-the-door caddy to store your shoes.
Use Multifunctional Furniture
As you’ve probably realized, a studio apartment doesn’t offer much room to store all the furniture you’re used to. However, you can find furniture that serves all the same functions while reducing the actual amount of pieces you have.
A day bed, for instance, doubles as a bed and a couch. Otherwise, purchase a captain’s bed, which provides drawer space for storing your clothing or linens. This allows you to opt out of a dresser. Numerous pieces are also good for both furniture and storage, such as storage ottomans or coffee tables.
Choose Your Colors Wisely
Though you may enjoy dark colors, it’s best to steer clear of them as the base color in your apartment. White walls help make rooms seem bigger, so start with a light color base. Then add on accent colors, like with accent pillows and area rugs. Keep the colors bright and the whole space will feel bigger.
Separate the Space
Although it doesn’t always seem possible, you can create more flexibility in your studio apartment by embracing solutions that will break up your space. For example, you might place a book case between the bedroom and the living room to create the illusion of separate rooms. You can also hang curtains to achieve a level of privacy or even hide storage eyesores. A room divider is also a good choice while adding an intriguing design element to the space.
A space separator like this — which could be as simple as a piece of plywood — also provides a location to place a desk against, saving the other wall space for the rest of your furniture.
Replace Swing-Out Doors with Sliding Doors
When every inch counts, consider replacing swing-out doors with sliding doors on closets and bathroom doors. It saves space, and these doors won’t get in the way anymore!
Close the Gaps You Don’t Use
Think outside the box and try to go less traditional. It will help you come up with new ways to utilize the space so you aren’t wasting it. For example, you might initially allow a walk space between the foot of the bed and the couch, but if you never actually walk through that space, consider butting the couch up against the end of the bed to open up the living room area a bit.
A studio space doesn’t have to feel too small or crowded if you’re smart about how you use the space.