Recently, I decided to move into the 500-square-foot studio apartment. It is the same apartment I lived in when I moved to London for studies in my early 20’s. Now, I am in my early 30’s and understand that what I’ve pinned to my ‘home’ boards on Pinterest, could not go with studio apartments. But having just one room doesn’t mean that I have to sacrifice styling to gain more storage space, rather now I have developed more sense of decorating and furnishing a practical studio and I am finding it really exhilarating.
I started with an ingenious way of going from a large two bedroom to essentially one long room. This way I have managed to get more storage space as well as the walls. However, the dilemma of furnishing this small studio apartment was obscured, but I found an effective solution. Read on to discover amazing tips and some of my inspirations for decorating and furnishing your studio apartment.
Arranging furniture can be hard in an open floor studio apartment layout as you have just an itty-bitty one room apartment and all your stuff has to fit within it. Moreover, no one wants to have their sleeping space touching their living room space. Or worse yet, have a kitchen in it too. Take heart, I am here to share some tricks to help you to enjoy a little privacy in your intimate space with selecting the right furniture pieces and functional partitioning spaces.
To start with,
- Get your studio apartment floor-plan on hand and start considering different layout options, you think will work for you. After analysing the area, think if your room is big enough to accommodate more sections and if it will provide more functionality overall? If you are socially active, consider having your friends coming over regularly (in such cases you would need a guest-friendly layout) or if you would like to spend entertaining time outside and will be using your home just for some relaxing me time’ and sleeping activity? Make choices, but don’t forget that you have limited space, so your furniture selection will have a major impact.
- Now, it’s the time to let your creative juices flowing. Think which furniture pieces do you want and how it can be arranged to serve double-duty. Possibly, a couch in the middle of the room can be used as a separator for your dining room.
How to Separate a Room
Though not everyone would agree, but allowing your studio to add creative dividers is a must – especially to separate the bed from the rest of the room. While looking at the ‘open space’ route, I realised that the idea of incorporating dividers in my studio room to add functionality in contrast to having my bed and living space back-to-back.There are several ways to separate a room, like:
- Bookcase room divider. This is one of the stylish and practical combinations, particularly with the finished bookcases both sides, just not to get a separate room, but also to serve double-duty as a spacious storage space and book display case. With this, you can get a space to spare to accommodate books, papers or photos. Even during night time, you can place your lamp on one of the shelves to enjoy the extra benefits. Additionally, the way it keeps the room airy while partitioning off the bed-area from the living room is really incredible.
- Folding screens. The glamour of the folding screen tends to overshadow its practicality. Adding a folding screen not only adds amplitude to your small space, but also makes it looks sophisticated, no matter if you need to carve out a private space or a foyer from a living room, these screens get the job done. It comes in a variety of sizes (short/tall, wide/narrow) and styles and by using two of them; you can completely conceal your bed.
- Curtains. Nothing could be easier than adding curtains- after all it reduces the need of having walls while adding tranquillity to your space. As a temporary solution, curtains are easy and cheaper to install.
Studio Apartment Bed
Next on the list is- bed selection and believe me, it really makes my head spin! Since every bed that I select, creates a really different ambiance, such as,
- Conventional beds. If you really want to enjoy a luxurious night of rejuvenating rest, go with a good old bed (mattress, frame and all). It creates a relaxing environment by providing sturdy support for a truly refreshing sleep.This is my first choice definitely.
- Futons. Futon could be a great choice for your studio apartment that serves multiple purposes – bed and couch in one. Wrapped in a cotton batting, it provides comfort as a couch for seating for guests and as a bed for you to sleep on. Since futon mattresses are less comfortable than conventional beds, consider it only if you are running short on your space for arranging it into separate sections.
- Day beds. Day beds are too awesome to have. Use it as a couch during the day or asa guest bed in the night. Plus, it could be a super comfy bench when your friends suddenly come over!
Studio Apartment Decorating Tips
Enlisted are few decorating tips that I’ve accumulated through the years, I hope you find them useful:
- Select a theme. A studio apartment is one thing that gets a bad rap in design and offers very little in the way of space, without a room to spare. But one thing that I have realised is, while mixing earthy and glamorous touches, you need to select your furniture carefully in a way that fits into the overall theme. If you are incorporating pops of colour with combining removable wallpaper, ensure that every piece serves a variety of purposes. Just, don’t over furnish everything in the excitement; plan your furniture pieces in accordance with the theme instead. Select your couch/sofa, armchair, side tables, shelves and chairs with keeping their utility in mind.
- Use pretty mirrors profusely. For small spaces, mirrors work incredibly. They know how to create an illusion and trick the eyes for having more space than the existing space. Place the mirror across from a window so that the natural light can reflect back into the room. And yes, be open and use as many mirrors as you want like for example,I have two- one across the natural light source and another in the middle of the room.
- Separate areas with area rugs. Area rugs are a great way to separate spaces with serving a “purpose” for each space. Not only does it blend seamlessly with the existing decor, but also provides a cosy feeling. Since, it’s too cold in London; I have personally installed column radiators in my studio apartment to get extra warmth during chilly nights as well as to enhance the overall elegance with its amazing designs.
- Lighting options. With so many lighting options available in the market, it’s important to analyse the best option for your apartment. Like, there are ceiling fixtures that give off a lot of light or you can consider having table lamps and floor lamps as well.
- Be creative and add some pictures, paintings, artifacts, etc.
George Knowles loves to be called “Problem solver” by both his colleagues and friends as he helps his clients with the best loft conversion ideas. He used to live in London, which is the source of most of his stories. He also an avid blogger who likes keeping himself and the readers updated with the latest interior design trends.