More and more people are opting for studio living, because it’s a great way to save money while still enjoying the privacy of your own apartment. A studio is typically any apartment where the living area is open plan, with a separate bathroom and often a separate kitchen, though this is sometimes incorporated into the main living space.
The main problem with studio living is that you are sleeping in the same room you do everything else in, from eating to watching TV, and storage space can often be limited. It can be difficult to keep a studio apartment looking tidy and clutter-free, and you need to find a look that works for both your waking and sleeping hours. Here we look at some ideas for decorating a studio to get around these issues.
Making the Most of Your Space
One thing many people choose to do with a smaller studio is use a futon or sofa bed. This means they can transform the space from day to night very simply, and space is maximized because you don’t have to accommodate both a full-sized bed and seating. If you have a large studio space and want to have a proper bed as well as a sofa, you can separate the space using a large screen or curtain, so it feels more like you have a bedroom. This gives a sense of a division between where you sleep and where you hang out or work, which can be a lot more comfortable. The divider or curtain can be moved or removed altogether to change the way your space is separated out.
Often you will be storing things that you would normally keep in a bedroom, like your clothes and shoes, in the same room as your lounge stuff. This can lead to things looking cluttered, so look out for smart storage solutions that allow you to hide your things away. You can buy a lot of hanging, canvas-style items that suspend from metal poles from which you can cheaply construct soft, movables shelves and a wardrobe for your clothes.