Studio apartments leave little to the imagination. With the dining, living and sleeping areas combined, it may seem impossible to decorate such a small space well. In reality, setting up a stylish studio is not only possible but feasible. The trick is to make the most of the space you have, combine style with storage and utilizing some tips to make the place look a bit bigger. If you’re about to move into a studio, use our tips as inspiration and you’ll be living large no matter what your square footage is.
First, adjust the way you think about your new home. A common attitude is that, since you won’t occupy the space forever, you shouldn’t invest time or money into making it look nice. But whether you’ll call your studio home for six months or six years, it’s important to set it up to be stylish. Think of your place as your home, no matter how temporary it may be.
Start with your living room area. Nothing makes a small space look smaller quite like having a lot of small pieces of furniture in it. You’re much better off having a few large, well-proportioned items instead. Invest in a good quality couch that will comfortably seat three or four, or get a few occasional chairs and skip the sofa entirely. Place a large area rug in the center of the room. Use a piece of ottoman furniture as a coffee table that doubles as storage space.
Find a way to divide the space between the living area and the bedroom area. This can be a traditional room divider, a large set of shelves, or enclosing the area with curtains hung from the ceiling. Stick to basic bedroom furniture—a large dresser to hold your closet’s overflow and a small bedside table or two. Get creative with your storage here—get some extra shelving, and utilize the space under the bed. Hanging small hooks on the walls is a great way to hang your necklaces and bracelets or belts, and an old ladder can be turned into a place to hang clothes.
If you’re lucky enough to have an extra closet, you can convert it into a home office space by placing your desk inside. If a desk won’t fit, place a wooden board on top of your file cabinets. Hang shelves and store your office items inside. You can close the doors when you’re expecting company to make your space look less cluttered.
Here are some other tips for making your small space look large and sophisticated:
- Hang a large mirror on the wall.
- Layer your lighting to enhance the space.
- Use your entertainment center and television to separate your sleeping space from your living space.
- Hang decorative artwork on the walls.
- Repurpose an old window to separate the kitchen area.