Many of us started our independent lives in a studio apartment—a small, affordable and cozy enough space to make us feel safe and welcome. However, even though studio apartments are home to some of the best memories, these memories are often spiced up with constant bumping into things, removing clutter and tidying up your tiny space. Luckily, there are a few practical solutions to your studio apartment layout that will help you open up your space and enjoy your little piece of heaven.
When you’re buying new furniture or home décor, keep in mind the fact that standard pieces won’t fit your tiny space. So, bring a measuring tape with you when shopping and think in terms of centimeters! Even though a standard-size desk might look more natural in the store, it will definitely feel out-of-place in your little apartment. Or, if you’re considering to invest in a standard sofa, opt for a settee instead which will be a much better fit for your square footage while providing the same amount of comfort and seating (or sleeping) space.
Invest in multipurpose furniture
While we’re on the subject of sofas, it’s really important to keep in mind the fact that your studio apartment seating probably doubles as your bed. That’s why you might want to invest in multipurpose furniture, which offers all the comfort necessary for lounging during the day, sleeping during the night as well as some sort of extra storage space under the cushions. Additionally, you can find various extendable dining tables that can also serve as storage or additional food prep area. Pair your table with some collapsible chairs and voila! You have plenty of seating and some extra elbow space when you’re having a party and want people to mingle.
Opt for smart shelving
Instead of the bulky display cabinets, it’s much better to use vertical and horizontal shelves that you can mount on the wall. This will leave plenty of free space on the floors of your studio apartment and ensure easier maneuvering through your home. According to Feng Shui, having the natural flow of energy is very important for your wellbeing, but even if you don’t care about this ancient belief, you have to admit that it’s very annoying having to hop over and avoid all sorts of hurdles in your apartment. Plus, if you opt for contemporary modular shelves, you can always change the look of your storage and allow your space to adapt to your needs. These are also less expensive than traditional or built-in storage, so you’ll get to direct your money elsewhere.
Paint your walls neutral
The color of your walls is very important for the visual impression of your space. That’s why many interior designers recommend painting small spaces with bright yet neutral colors (of course, this advice is only useful if you own the apartment and can make bigger changes). If you find neutrals too bland and sterile, you can always add a few pops of color with decorative pillows, interesting throw blankets, different textures and patterns. Neutral colors are also very handy because they fit in with almost any interior style and decor. For instance, if you want to add some timeless style to your space, you can invest in all sorts of rugs to define the space and balance the warmth in your studio apartment and they will fit perfectly with your wall color.
While these studio apartment decoration tips are not written in stone, they worked for many people. However, remember that you’re the one living in your apartment, so it’s your opinion and tastes that count the most. So, don’t be afraid to show off your personality though decoration—it’s the only way you’ll ever feel comfy and safe in your little home.