Studio apartments, in concept, are multiple rooms condensed into the one. These can be tricky to style, as you have to try and condense your whole life into one room. Now, of course, you can’t fit Buckingham Palace into Carrie Bradshaw’s NYC apartment, but you can give off the illusion of a house into the smallest of space. Here’s how.
Try A Loft
If you’re handy, you can always try your luck at installing a loft or mezzanine in your apartment space. Lifting the bed, or your storage space above your head can free up space, add extra dimensions to your home and even a sense of je ne sais quoi. Mezzanine and lofts are an interesting concept, as you can have a two-storey home in a single storey space, which is kind of awesome. You can put your bed upstairs, or even make it your living room. Make it feel homey by laying down a plush rug online and a couch, giving off the impression of a super luxe room, in a cosy space.
Make Use Of Every Corner
A studio apartment is limited in space (no, duh), so it’s important that every fraction of the room gets used. Now, you don’t have to literally fill every corner, but you should utilise walls and corners for shelving, making your way up, rather than out.
Avoid Furniture That’s Too Large
Alex Roth, from Roth Architecture, shares his key rules. “Key rules to follow when styling or designing a studio apartment is quality over quantity and focusing on the multifunctional. Collect specific hero pieces which compliment not overwhelm the space, while opting for items that perform more than one function. When adding the decorative layer to your apartment, edit your selection to create a refined palette. Sourcing sweet little items which also have dual function is another great way of filtering your space. By choosing elements of higher quality finish, with multiple uses and purposes, you can create a polished, sophisticated and practical living space.” Find out more about Roth Architecture by following them on Facebook and Instagram.
Ian Ugarte from Small Is The New Big, shares his advice. “Separating your areas by creating spaces or zones gives interest and defines their function and encourages usability. Even though they are multi-functional, your different activities won’t encroach on each other when you use Multi-purpose furniture. Achieving a harmonious and uncluttered environment in a Studio Apartment or any small space calls for flexibility in its design, and cleverness in its approach. The secret ingredients are your imagination and furniture that is adaptable for multi-use. The use of a wall bed with fully sprung mattress turns a small room with a bed into a room that is functional. Fold the bed out of the way and you have a desk or sofa in a usable room.” You can find out more about Small Is The New Big by following them on Facebook.
Speaking of separation, you can actually create different “rooms” within the one space, using furniture, hanging coat hangers from each other from the ceiling, and using a good, old-fashioned divider and screen from MyDeal. Style them up or down to suit your aesthetic, and watch your space be transformed!