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How to Furnish a Small Studio Apartment

I recently moved into to the 500-square-foot studio apartment I lived in when I very first moved to Washington, DC. I was in my early 20's in the past and single. NOW I AM pushing 30, no longer one and I have a far greater sense of how exactly to decorate and furnish a studio in a way that actually works.

I'm finding the connection with furnishing and decorating my tiny space liberating and exciting. I mean, I went from a big two bedroom to basically one long room. Obviously, not only have I came across storage space in short supply, walls as well! So I've been faced with the dilemma of furnishing this little studio house and speaking from the 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.

What is a studio apartment?

A studio, also sometimes referred to as efficiency can be an apartment that's between 300 to 600 square foot with essentially one area. The main one room functions as a full time income room, dining area, bedroom, and kitchen. Even the kitchen usually doesn't have an actual wall. My kitchen for example, includes a sliding partition. One plus that I've seen in studios here in DC and in my hometown of NY are foyers, aka dressing locations leading into the bathroom. I love those little rooms because they're like awesome stroll in closets.

Effiiency Apartment Furniture Placement

The open floor plan of a studio apartment can make furniture placement quiet tricky. Who would like their sleeping space in ordinary site and virtually touching the living room space. Or worse however, be a mixture of both and dead room. I know I don't so I'll talk about some tips with you about how you too can have a little personal privacy in your intimate little space by choosing the right furniture pieces and partitioning spaces based on their functionality.

To start off

  • Take a look at your studio apartment's floor-plan (or even sketch one if you don't have one on hand) and start experimenting with different layout choices that will work for you. Can be your room big sufficiently to split it into sections and make it more functional? Consider things like whether you intend on having friends over regularly (in which particular case you'd would like a guest-helpful layout) or you plan on doing the entertaining outside of your home and will be using it just for some 'me time' and sleeping. 
  • Keep in mind that you have limited area so every furniture piece will have a major impact.
  • Get your creative juices flowing and start thinking about how you can use the furniture pieces you want to buy to provide double-duty and putting your furniture in unconventional methods. Who knows, if your area is wide, maybe it'll seem sensible to place the sofa 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 again. The back of the couch can be the separator you have to designate your dining area. So there you already have two different rooms. After that toward the end of the room, you can have your bed.

Ways to Separate a Room

Although quite a few may disagree, I believe separating a studio apartment, which is simply one room is crucial - specially the bed from all of those other room. Having gone the 'open space' route, I quickly recognized that separating a studio space adds functionality instead of having your bed and liveable space back-to-back.

There are a variety 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 can even double as a night time stand by placing your lamp on one of the shelves. I really like how it keeps the area airy, while partitioning off the bed-area from the family room and looking so chic!
  • Folding screens. These come in all different sizes (short/tall, broad/narrow) and styles. They really work as more of a symbolic divider, required since we all need some privacy. Screens may also be an easy solution to completely conceal your mattress through the use of two of them. You also have the option of getting a shoji, a Japanese-style room 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 peace and quiet but otherwise, curtains are cheap, easy to install, and simple to remove. It's a great temporary solution!

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