Living in a space without a lot of square footage isn’t always easy. But the challenge of creating a functional tiny-home that doesn’t skimp on style can be a lot of fun. Follow these studio apartment design ideas to maximize space and transform even the tiniest bachelor’s.
Choose Functional, Fashionable Essentials
Think of everyday items as a way to also style your space. From your kitchen kettle to your toilet brush, refresh your studio apartment with swoon-worthy upgrades of the essentials you use on the regular. Brass Dish Drainer, OYOY, $48 and Silicone Dish Tray, OYOY, $58.
Get Smart With Storage
Organization is a priority in all homes of course, but especially in small studio apartments. Stay as tidy as possible by opting for furniture that doubles as storage. You can find beds, mirrors, ottomans, benches, coffee tables and more that contain built-in storage space and will help keep your home clutter-free. Evan Twin Daybed, Wayfair, $769.
Create the appearance of a more spacious floorplan by incorporating touches that will draw the eye upward. Statement light fixtures, high shelves, indoor hanging plants and oversized art are the simplest ways to make a focal point that saves space and will make your studio feel open.
Keep kitchen clutter under control by opting for smaller appliances that don’t take much space. There are many single-serve coffee machines, mini air fryers and three-cup rice cookers on the market that’ll help you reduce food waste and cabinet space. Mini Rice Cooker, Indigo, $30.
Let There Be Light
Lighting can make or break a studio apartment. If you have ampe natural light, use it to your advantage by installing sheer curtains that still allow light through. If you don’t have a ton of light, opt for bright, light, clean walls and scatter some large mirrors about to reflect whatever amount of light comes into the space. An oversized mirror can especially make your studio look even bigger. And remember, installing new overhead lighting is one of the most renter-friendly ways to refresh a space.
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Bring the Outdoors In
If you call a small studio home, chances are you live in a big, bustling city.
Adding indoor plants into your studio apartment is not only a smart design choice, but plants also clean the air, add freshness and vibrancy to any space and can help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Find Wall-Mounted Furniture
Every inch counts when you live in a studio apartment. Curb visual clutter and furnish your home with wall-mounted pieces that save precious floor space. From murphy beds and nightstands to desks, media consoles and drop-leaf dining room tables, you can buy a mountable option for almost every essential piece of furniture your studio needs. Lenia White Oak Floating Nightstand, Article,$269.
Create Defined Zones
No walls? No problem. Rugs and stylish room dividers are excellent ways to break up different areas in a studio apartment. Another smart way to make the most of a studio apartment is to rethink current space, like Alexandra Gater’s closet-turned-office nook.
Organize Your Entryway
Creating a functional entryway in a small studio apartment is easier than it sounds. Extra-low on space? Try command hooks! These peel-and-stick hooks are an affordable and rental-friendly way to hang essentials like keys, coats, your pet’s leash and anything else you might need to have handy when heading out.
Compromise, Compromise, Compromise
Living in a small studio apartment might mean that you won’t have room for everything on your wish list. With this in mind, you need to adapt living in a cozier space. For example, forgo a desk for a lift-top coffee table. Don’t be afraid to get creative! Haneline Lift Top Coffee Table, Wayfair, $340.
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