People live in small spaces for all sorts of reasons. Maybe you want to reduce your carbon footprint. Maybe you call Brooklyn home where space is at a premium. Whatever the reason, studio living doesn’t have to mean living in cramped quarters. These tips for living in a small space will keep you living large no matter why or where you call your studio apartment home.
While no one would advocate for futons, there are plenty of other multi-functional furniture pieces that can serve double duty. Furniture serving multiple purposes is a great way to save on space in a small studio apartment. The obvious choice is doubling up a dining table as a work area or desk. This is a smart idea that takes two large pieces of furniture and combines them into one. But what do you do with all those pens, pencils, paper, and other office supplies?
Get them up off the ground with some wall-mountable shelving. You can even put two identical shelving units side by side, one for office supplies and one for dinnerware. It’s a great way to highlight the multi-functionality of the space instead of trying to hide it.
Tie the Space Together
When living in a space that encompasses a bedroom, living room, and kitchen, your first impulse may be to divide the space up as much as possible. Sure, you want them to look like separate areas within one room, but don’t go too far. Using a uniform color and carpet with complimentary accents will tie a space together and make each area look like its own large room.
Clear Line of Sight
When choosing furniture for your small space, pick ones with clean, open lines. Your sofa should have thin, low arms and the base should have visible feet so its body doesn’t go all the way to the floor. If you’re going to use a bookshelf as a room divider, make sure it’s open on both sides. Having low and open furniture will give you clean lines of sight in your space and will make it feel bigger and brighter.