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7 Design Tips to Get the most out of your studio apartment

7 Design Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Studio Apartment

Posted on: September 4, 2019

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Do you have big ideas, but only a little bit of space? If so, you've come to the right place.

Living in a studio apartment means you have the sometimes challenging task of fitting every room into one single space.

Your bedroom, kitchen, office, dining, room, and possibly more, all have to share the same space inside of your apartment.

Figuring out how to accomplish this while still being able to walk around without tripping on something can be a little overwhelming.

If you're searching for tips on how to decorate your studio apartment, we've included seven ideas below to help you fit your life into your small space.

Table Of Contents

  • Turn Your Bed Into A Daybed

  • Know What You're Willing To Sacrifice

  • Choose The Right Size Furniture

  • Use One Paint Color

  • Create Closet Space

  • Create A Loft

  • Limit Your Guests

  • Create A Studio Fit For A King


1. Turn Your Bed Into A Daybed

If you're short on space, one of the easiest things you can do is turn your bed into a daybed.

This allows you to use your bed as a couch during the day to create more seating options in your studio apartment.

All you need to do is place your bed against a wall and use throw pillows to create a couch-like look.

You can also opt for a futon or a pull out sofa if you don't like the idea of a daybed.

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2. Know What You're Willing To Sacrifice

Before you start decorating, make sure you know what your priorities are.

Know what is going to make you happy while you're at home.

If you want to entertain friends, allow plenty of room for a living room area by sacrificing bedroom and dining space.

If you don't plan on having many guests, use as much room as you'd like for a bedroom.

The key here is to know what you'll be using your studio for the most, and design around that.

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3. Choose The Right Size Furniture

Perhaps the biggest mistake you can make when decorating your studio is to use the wrong sized furniture.

Using furniture that is too big, and even too small, will create an awkward and uncomfortable space to live in.

If your studio has high ceilings, choose taller furniture with a smaller footprint, like bookshelves.

In addition to maximizing your floor space, you'll also fill in some empty space above eye level.

A small couch might seem like a good idea, but you need to consider how well it will create zones between your sleeping space and living area.

If your studio apartment doesn't naturally separate your sleeping space from the living area, you might want to opt for a larger bed or go with a sleeper sofa.

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4. Use One Paint Color

Use one color of paint throughout the entire apartment.

You'll likely want to choose a lighter color as it will make your studio feel bigger.

To create separation between the spaces, use different types of flooring.

Tile for the kitchen, hardwood or laminate for the living space, and a larger area rug for your bedroom will all reinforce the idea that your studio has rooms.

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5. Create Closet Space

You likely have very limited closet space in your studio.

However, not all hope is lost. You don't necessarily need a closet to store your clothes.

If you don't have enough closet space, use an empty wall to create an open-air closet.

Using different drawers, shelves, and hanging racks can allow you to create your perfect "walk-in closet."

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Closet Space

6. Create A Loft

Another advantage of high ceilings is the ability to create a loft bed and save some floor space.

It'll transform your tiny studio into a one-bedroom apartment with plenty of room.

Pair your loft bed with the light paint color we talked about above to blur where the ceiling starts and create an open and airy effect.

If you need more storage, turn the steps leading up to your loft bed into built-in drawers.

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7. Limit Your Guests

Let's be honest; no amount of clever decorating is going to make 30 people fit into a studio apartment comfortably.

You're going to have the urge to show off your apartment once it's finished, and you definitely should, just don't go overboard.

Don't invite the entire family over on the same night or volunteer to host the company holiday party.

There are many challenges to having too many people in a studio apartment at the same time, with safety being the biggest.

Show off your apartment, but limiting your guests is always a good idea.

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Create A Studio Fit For A King

Just because you have a small studio doesn't mean you have to squash your big plans.

With the right furniture, proper use of space, and a little creativity, you can create a space that is comfortable and extremely livable.

Your studio doesn't have to feel like a studio if you use the ideas above.

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