Whether you’ve relocated or simply downsized from a larger place, the lack of space in your small studio apartment may be a big concern. Here are five ways to take your studio apartment from tiny to mighty, so you don’t have to sweat the small stuff.
- Two-in-one furniture is your best friend. Since you don’t have space to waste, choose chairs, sofas and beds that have hidden storage compartments. If you’re really looking to maximize your space, consider buying a loft bed; this opens up your apartment tremendously and gives you the option to set up a desk or dresser underneath.
- Keep things simple. Dark colors, heavy fabrics and too many patterns can overwhelm a small space, making it feel even smaller. Keep your color scheme simple by switching up shades of one color rather than using multiple colors. You may also want to consider furniture with simple, clean lines to give your studio a sleek appearance.
- Divvy up areas. Just because your apartment is technically one open space doesn’t mean you can’t have separate areas. Rugs in different sizes, shades and materials, and lights of different styles are easy ways to indicate where the entertainment area ends and the dining area begins.
- Reinvent the wheel. If you love having people over, casters will be your favorite thing since sliced bread. Rather than breaking your back moving heavy furniture out of the way for a special occasion, open up floor space by placing casters on the bottom of dressers, bookshelves, tables or TV stands. You’ll be able to easily roll these pieces off to the side and roll them back when your guests have left.
- Don’t feel pressured to downsize your stuff. Just because you don’t have as much space to keep your belongings doesn’t mean you have to get rid of everything. Look into self storage units in your area to safely store your excess furniture, memorabilia, appliances, or any keepsakes you can’t (or don’t want to) part with—but can’t fit.
A studio apartment doesn’t need to be a bore. With these tips, you’ll be able to enjoy your small space to its fullest potential!