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How to Furnish a Studio Apartment

I recently moved into to the 500-square-foot studio apartment We lived in when I very first moved to Washington, DC. I was in my early 20's in the past and single. Now I'm pushing 30, no longer single and I have a much better sense of how exactly to decorate and furnish a studio in a manner that actually works.

I'm finding the experience of furnishing and decorating my small space liberating and exciting. I mean, I went from a big two bedroom to essentially one long room. Needless to say, not only have I found storage space in short supply, walls as well! So I've been faced with the issue of furnishing this little studio house and speaking from a previous failed attempt, I found a solution that works.

Keep reading for tips on decorating and furnishing your own studio apartment... and hopefully some inspiration from my furnishing and designing experience.

Exactly what is a studio apartment?

A studio, also sometimes referred to as efficiency is an apartment that's between 300 to 600 square feet with essentially one space. The one room functions as a full time income room, dining area, bedroom, and kitchen. Even the kitchen usually doesn't have a genuine wall. My kitchen for example, includes a sliding partition. One plus that I've observed in studios within DC and in my own hometown of New York are foyers, aka dressing locations leading into the bathroom. I love those little rooms because they're like awesome walk in closets.

Effiiency Apartment Furniture Placement

The open floor plan of a studio apartment could make furniture placement quiet tricky. Who wants their sleeping space in simple site and virtually touching the living room space. Or worse yet, be a combination of both and dead space. I know I don't so I'll talk about some techniques with you about how exactly you too can have a little privacy in your intimate little space by choosing the right furnishings and partitioning spaces based on their functionality.

To start off

  • Take a look at your studio apartment's floor-plan (or sketch one unless you have one readily available) and start playing around with different layout choices that will work for you. Is your room big good enough to split it into sections and make it more functional? Consider things such as whether you plan on having friends over regularly (in which particular case you'd wish a guest-helpful layout) or you intend on doing the entertaining outside of your home and you will be using it simply for some 'me time' and sleeping. 
  • Remember that you have limited space so every piece of furniture will have a major impact.
  • Get your creative juices flowing and begin thinking of how you can use the furniture pieces you want to buy to function double-duty and placing your furniture in unconventional ways. Who knows, if your space is wide, maybe it'll seem sensible to place the couch in the middle of the area, a TV stand in the front as well as perhaps a cute three piece dining area set in the back. The trunk of the couch can be the separator you need to designate your dining room. So there you already have two different rooms. Then toward the end of the area, you can have your bed.

Ways to Separate a Room

Although some may disagree, I think separating a studio apartment, which is simply one room is a must - particularly the bed from the rest of the room. Having gone the 'open up space' route, I quickly noticed that separating a studio room adds functionality instead of having your bed and liveable space back-to-back.

There are many of methods for you to separate a room - below are the major options you have.

  • Bookcase room divider. This one is my favored route, particularly with bookcases which have both sides finished. Not merely does a bookcase separate a room, in addition, it does double-duty as space for storage and book display case. It could even double as a evening the stand by position placing your lamp using one of the shelves. I really like how it keeps the room airy, while partitioning off the bed-area from the family room and looking so chic!
  • Folding screens. These can be found in all different sizes (short/tall, wide/narrow) and styles. They actually work as more of a symbolic divider, necessary since most of us need some privacy. Screens can also be an easy solution to completely conceal your bed by using two of them. You additionally have the option of getting a shoji, a Japanese-style space divider.
  • Curtains. This is an easy way to go - who needs walls when you can have a curtain? Well probably if you would like some privacy and quiet time but otherwise, curtains are inexpensive, easy to install, and easy to remove. It's a great temporary solution!

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