Posts Tagged ‘multi-purpose furniture’

July 31, 2013 10:52 am

How to: Decorate a Studio Apartment

studio apartment decor

Whether they’re big or small, studio apartments come with one major decorating dilemma – one room that needs to serve at least four purposes. It can be uncomfortable to eat, sleep, and relax all in the same room, but with some clever decorating you can easily create a comfortable and well-designed studio apartment. Read our top tips for decorating studio apartments below.

1. Create Divisions of Space

If you don’t want to end up eating in bed every night, you’ve got to maximize the space you do have. Give each section of the room a purpose: a dining area, sleeping area, and entertainment area. It might seem difficult in a small space, but it’s almost always possible. The best way is to take measurements of the room and your furniture and draw up a floorplan of the apartment. That way, you’ll be able to come up with a plan before you start moving furniture.

2. Invest in multi-purpose furniture

We don’t need a formal dining table all the time, but it is nice to have some of the time. A lot of modern furniture is designed to do two things at once: think couches that become coffee tables that become dining tables. This kind of furniture really lets you get the most out of your small space. Our favorite space-saving furniture is the loft bed, which lets you have an office on ground level and a sleeping area above ground!

3. Make your own walls

Walls don’t have to be structural. You can use curtains, bookshelves, or furniture to “build” some walls in your open space. The great thing about using shelving or furniture is that it also helps to bring in even more storage – a big necessity in a studio apartment. It’s always good to make your furniture work double-time if you can.

4. Storage solutions

We’ve said it before, storage is perhaps the most important thing when it comes to studio apartments. Especially in older buildings, closets are few and far between. When choosing furniture, look for items that double as storage (like an ottoman that can double as a coffee table with storage inside!). And when it comes to shelves, anything that can go up on the walls should.

5. Open things up with mirrors

If your bachelor apartment feels cramped, add some mirrors to the walls for the illusion of more space. Try to position the mirror across from the windows to bounce more light into the room. Light, airy spaces automatically feel larger than dark ones. Mirrors also make for great accessories.

6. Go white!

Or any other light color to open up the space. White walls don’t mean that you have to skimp on the color. Add some personality and color to the space with artwork, accessories, or even furniture.

7. Take it outside

If you’re fortunate enough to have access to a balcony, use it! Put a dining or sitting area on the balcony so that you can expand your living space – at least when the weather will allow it.