If you're planning on moving into a new studio apartment, you may be worried about how to make the most of your limited space. Studios are great in that they provide a utilitarian, bohemian feel, and have a simplicity that can be desirable when living in a busy urban locale. Yet, if you've gotten used to living with roommates or it's been a few years since you've crammed into a college dorm room, it may seem like a major challenge to again acclimate to having less area in which to put your stuff. When you live in a studio, every inch of space counts. Here are five ideas for optimizing the area in your studio apartment:
1. Use dividers to create rooms
You can easily give your living space the feeling of having rooms without there being walls. Curtains can be used to surround your bed and create a pseudo-bedroom or divide an open closet from your public space. Another option is placing your couch at the foot of your bed to create the illusion of a barrier between your bedroom and your sitting area. This way, it'll feel like you have distinct areas assigned for different functions.
2. Find multipurpose furniture
Since you have a finite amount of space, you'll only be able to fit so much furniture. Therefore, finding versatile items that can take on multiple tasks might help save space. For example, utilizing a kitchen table as a desk space will save you from jamming both items into your studio. A table that folds up or has expandable flaps makes it easy to free up space when it's not being used. Also consider looking for furniture with storage potential, such as a hollow ottoman that can be used to store movies, books or other miscellaneous items.
3. Be smart about storage
Use storage space to its full potential. When we have lots of space it's easy to throw clutter in a drawer or cabinet and keep it unorganized, but in a studio that may not be an option. Make sure not only to keep all of your belongings organized, but also to fill up every nook and cranny of spare space. Buy containers that fit under your bed or in other unused areas to store extra belongings. Consider buying furniture that can easily collapse or be deconstructed so that you can free up space as needed.
4. Be realistic
If you have a lot of stuff from your last apartment you might have to give some of it away, leave it with a friend or put it in storage. If you try to pile all of your furniture into a studio that's too small, it'll make your living area seem cluttered and uninviting. After all, you'll need space in which to live and entertain. When you're packing and preparing to move, ask yourself which items are necessary to your living space and which ones are superfluous. For example, you might not have room for every lamp and chair, so just choose the ones that work best in your new living area.
5. Use vertical space
Don't be deterred by height. Unless you're particularly tall, purchase a step stool or find another method for storing and reaching items in high cabinets and other storage compartments. In your kitchen area, the top cabinets can be used to store cooking tools and ingredients you use less often. If there are shelves located at the top of your closet, use them to store clothing that you don't wear often or that's out of season.