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Not long ago I 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 individual and I have a much better sense of how 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 large two bedroom to basically 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 small studio residence and speaking from the previous failed attempt, I came across a solution that works.
Keep reading for tips about decorating and furnishing your own studio apartment... and hopefully some motivation from my furnishing and decorating experience.
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 area. The 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 New York are foyers, aka dressing places 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 basic site and virtually touching the living room space. Or worse yet, be a combination of both and dead area. I understand I don't so I'll talk about some tips with you about how you too can have just a little personal privacy in your intimate little room by choosing the right furniture pieces and partitioning spaces based on their functionality.
To start off
Ways to Separate a Room
Although some 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 noticed that separating a studio room adds functionality as opposed to having your bed and living space back-to-back.
There are many of ways you can separate a room - below are the major options you have.