So you've just moved into a studio apartment that's under 600 square feet. Small spaces offer major design opportunities, so welcome home, stranger. While you can't transform the floor plan itself, you'd be amazed at the ways you can expand the layout, maximizing every inch for the ultimate in aesthetic perfection.
The possibilities are endless: space planning, clever furniture, and creativity can truly work wonders, resulting in a welcoming apartment regardless of square footage.
Maximize territory by dividing your studio into separate segments for living, sleeping, and dining.
Craving cozy mornings? Devote more square footage to a larger mattress, bedside table, and plush carpeting. Love to Netflix and chill? Stack the TV on top of your dresser, invest in a sofa with piles of pillows, soft carpet, and a side table, and you'll feel instantly at home.
While you might have to sacrifice space in another area, studios don't require equal division, and distinct quarters will make the unit feel immense.
For those with high ceilings, a loft bed frees up space to live, eat, and play beneath your necessary nighttime space. It gives every studio the ambiance of a duplex, so you have two unique levels to enjoy.
Keep colors simple for a streamlined appearance that flows well from floor to ceiling, and get ready to relax.
Mid-century modern designs don't sell out just for their clean lines; they sit closer to the floor than traditional furniture, enlarging the appearance of ceilings and walls.
From cube-shaped side tables to low-rise desks, chairs, and sofas, these compact pieces fit perfectly into microscopic spaces while instantly opening up the room.
Admire a vintage aesthetic? Transform your apartment into a new-age Versailles by going all-out with the furniture and decor. For those obsessed with a bygone era, studios offer an affordable space to explore one-of-a-kind, immersive design elements because you only need a few impactful pieces.
Play up that early 1800's Rococo vibe with pretty pastels, upholstered seating, ornate carving, and upscale gold elements. Prefer Victorian? Aim for lush velvets and dark woods. With compact square footage, you can bring your favorite era to life in a way that would be tricky elsewhere.
Style your studio like a luxury hotel room by immersing yourself in convenient, easy-to-use elements traditionally reserved for vacation days. We're talking high-thread-count sheets, a fully-stocked minibar (even if it's just displayed on a desk shelf or in the window), a trendy mirrored backdrop, and innovative decor. Select scents from your dream destination and light some candles for a vacation-at-home vibe.
Pull your space together with multifunctional elements. Each piece of furniture can be styled in several ways, so play around with your favorites. Plush throw pillows and layered blankets contribute maximum comfort to sleeping quarters, for instance, but the bed can easily be styled into a social space with ample room to stretch out.
Here, comfort is king—with no couch required. Likewise, stacking miniature tables or chairs beneath the bed, desk, or primary table offers additional seating or counter space that's a breeze to bring out when needed and tuck away when it's not.
Combine this with the last tip, and you'll have more room than you know what to do with. Micro-spaces encourage you to get creative, so embrace double-duty furniture. Shop for pieces that are easy to take apart and put back together, enabling you to design a diverse abode every time guests visit. An expanding table and a modular couch transform tea for one into dinner for four, while a Murphy bed quickly becomes out-of-sight storage. Honor versatility, and "room for one" can become inviting for the whole crew.
Not everyone has the luxury of high ceilings, but with the right mix of furniture, you'd never notice. Lower ceilings encourage furniture that's close to the ground, elevating ceiling and window height throughout your apartment.
Incorporate a high/low approach by selecting a room divider or bookshelf that stands significantly taller than everything else; the height and separation of space create a larger-than-life look.
When you move into a micro-space, you learn to make the most of every corner, crack, and cranny. A window ledge can instantly transform into a chic minibar or tea room, with all the supplies you need laid out and ready to go.
Corner nooks are the perfect spot for displaying books and paper goods, a brunch area (complete with mimosa pitcher), or extra storage. Live it up by utilizing every iota of space, and you'll find surprising spots you never realized you had.
Yes, you heard that right. Not only does a partition create privacy — it transforms your entire studio. It's easier to doze into dreamland when you're not eyeing the TV right beside you, so nest away with a divider curtain in whichever color, design, or fabric best suits your apartment's aesthetic. Lightweight and portable, fixed dividers will stay in place all day long, and they're easy to attach to the ceiling or floor with basic hardware.
For a more versatile option, consider a folding divider that requires no installation; this makes it movable at any time. Carve out the room further by differentiating the flooring; think a large rug covering the floor in your "bedroom," leaving solid wood for the adjoining section.