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How to Furnish a 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 own early 20's back then and single. NOW I AM pushing 30, no longer individual and I have a far greater sense of how to decorate and furnish a studio in a manner that actually works.

I'm finding the connection with furnishing and decorating my small space liberating and exciting. After all, I went from a huge two bedroom to basically one long room. Needless to say, not only have I came across storage space an issue, walls as well! So I am faced with the dilemma of furnishing this small studio apartment and speaking from a previous failed attempt, I found a solution that works.

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

What is a studio apartment?

A studio, also sometimes known as efficiency can be an apartment that's between 300 to 600 square foot with essentially one room. The main one room functions as a living room, dining area, bedroom, and kitchen. Even the kitchen usually doesn't have an actual wall. My kitchen for instance, 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 places leading into the bathroom. I love those little areas because they're like awesome stroll in closets.

Effiiency Apartment Furniture Placement

The open floor plan of a studio apartment could make furniture placement quiet tricky. Who would like their sleeping space in plain site and virtually touching the family room space. Or worse yet, be a combination of both and dead space. I know I don't so I'll share some methods with you about how you too can have a little privacy in your intimate little area by choosing the right furniture pieces and partitioning spaces predicated on their functionality.

To start off

  • Check out your studio apartment's floor-plan (or sketch one if you don't have one on hand) and start playing around with different layout options that may work for you. Is your room big more than enough to split it into sections and ensure it is more functional? Consider things such as whether you intend on having friends over frequently (in which particular case you'd need a guest-pleasant layout) or you plan 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 furniture piece will have a major impact.
  • Get your creative juices flowing and start thinking of how you can use the furniture pieces you want to buy to assist double-duty and placing your furniture in unconventional ways. Who knows, if your space is wide, maybe it'll make sense to place the sofa in the middle of the area, a TV stand in the front and perhaps a cute three piece dining room set in the back again. The back 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 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 just one room is crucial - specially 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 a variety of ways you can separate a room - here are the major options you have.

  • Bookcase room divider. This one is my favored route, particularly with bookcases which have both sides finished. Not only does a bookcase separate a room, in addition, it does double-duty as storage space and book display case. It can even double as a night the stand by position placing your lamp on 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, required since we all need some privacy. Screens can also be an easy solution to completely conceal your bed by using two of them. You also have the option to getting a shoji, a Japanese-style area divider.
  • Curtains. This is an easy strategy to use - who needs walls when you can have a curtain? Well probably if you want some privacy and peace and quiet but otherwise, curtains are inexpensive, easy to install, and easy to remove. It's a great temporary solution!

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