Are you currently living in a studio apartment? If so, you already know how claustrophobic it can feel to be trapped inside your home all day long. Maybe there’s an open window or door that lets in a little fresh air, but the rest of the time, you’re spending your time surrounded by four walls and maybe the odd piece of furniture or two. It’s really no wonder that so many people with studios look forward to moving into larger apartments or houses with bigger spaces!
The Cozy Home Office
If you’re lucky enough to have a separate room for your home office, consider yourself very fortunate. But even if you don’t have an extra room to spare, that doesn’t mean you can’t create a cozy and functional home office space. Here are some tips from House Beautiful on how to decorate the office with style: use open shelving so it looks clean and organized; pick up furniture pieces at antique stores or flea markets; choose a small desk instead of one with plenty of drawers, but try not to crowd the area too much; paint the walls light colors like white or beige (or just leave them bare) so they feel more spacious.
The Dining Area That Does Double Duty
In the dining area, a sleek and simple table with two chairs serves as both a spot for morning coffee and a place to eat dinner. A large rug defines the space and makes it feel separate from the rest of the apartment. The floating shelves above the table are perfect for storing dishes and glassware, while a small plant adds a touch of life to the room.
A Not-So Tiny Kitchen
In the kitchen, there’s enough room for a small table and chairs, as well as all the essentials: a fridge, an oven, and plenty of counter space. Even though it’s small, this kitchen is super functional and lovely to look at. There are two white walls in the kitchen (one behind the stove and one above the sink) that brighten up the space and give it a bit more light. The cabinet doors match the marble backsplash, so they tie in nicely with everything else in here. All of these details make this tiny space feel welcoming and comfortable.
One thing that we love about this studio is how organized everything is!
A Compact Bathroom with Versatile Storage
This lovely 200-square-foot studio is proof that even the tiniest spaces can be both stylish and functional. The key to making the most of a small space is efficient storage and versatile furniture. Here, an over-the-toilet cabinet maximizes countertop and storage space for toiletries, with sliding doors for easy access. A second cabinet on the opposite wall holds cleaning supplies under the sink. A narrow table against one wall functions as a kitchen island, dining table, or desk area depending on your needs.
A Folding Murphy Bed in Place of a Couch
For most people, a 200-square-foot studio would be too small to live in comfortably. But this apartment, featured on Homepolish, proves that with a little bit of creativity, even the tiniest spaces can be both stylish and functional. In place of a traditional couch, there’s a folding Murphy bed. The wall behind it is covered in cork board, providing a place to pin up photos and mementos.
An Airy Coat Closet
This studio has a lovely coat closet that is perfect for storing all of your winter gear. The coat closet is spacious and airy, and it has plenty of room for your shoes, gloves, hats, and scarves. Plus, the coat closet is organized so you can easily find what you need when you’re getting ready to go out.
A Sleek Shelf with Built-in Lighting
If you’re looking for a sleek shelf with built-in lighting, look no further than the LightUp shelf from Ikea. This shelf is perfect for small spaces because it provides both storage and lighting in one unit. Plus, the LED lights are energy-efficient and will help you save on your electric bill. Best of all, they won’t heat up or produce UV rays like regular bulbs do.
A Wall-Mounted Desk: We also love this wall-mounted desk that gives you plenty of space to spread out without taking up too much floor space. The IKEA UPPA wall system has five separate components that can be combined in any order—including a desk.
An Hanging Bookshelf and Under-bed Storage
When you live in a small space, getting creative with storage is key. This 200-square-foot studio has plenty of both hidden and on display. An hanging bookshelf keeps cookbooks within reach in the kitchen, while baskets stow away extra linens in the bathroom. In the bedroom, an under-bed storage system takes advantage of every square inch, allowing the space to be used for other things during the day.