**THIS IS A GUEST POST. The opinions expressed are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect my own.
Living in a beautiful studio apartment can be a dream come true for some. However, it can also be a real challenge, especially if you need to share your apartment with other people. Most studio apartments tend to be about around 500 square feet, and usually include a small kitchenette and a separate bathroom for some privacy.
Studio apartments are known for their rather modest proportions, so trying to make your flat attractive, pleasant, and practical to live in can be very difficult. You need quite a bit of creativity, zeal, and expertise in order to make your studio apartment work.
Here, we will provide you with some tips that will teach you how to live in a studio apartment effectively. The goal is to restore your living space into the ideal home.
Divide and Conquer
Most studio apartments are designed so that they have one main room. You will be doing most of your socializing and living essentially in that one room.
Try dividing your main room into many different sections, with each area serving a different purpose. By doing so, your primary room may appear to be more spacious.
For instance, a small, angled desk can help establish the area of your apartment where you complete most of your projects. Another tip is to add a bookshelf to the mix. A strategically placed bookshelf can help dichotomize your living space from your bed.
You can also block certain areas off by creating spaces that are well defined. If privacy is a priority, then why not add a curtain in order to hide your bed from the rest of your apartment?
If you want to hang your curtains from your ceiling, then you can do so by using some rather cheap materials, such as high-tension wire. If you are claustrophobic, then you can use a sheer material that can be pulled aside so that the area does not feel totally closed off.
Add Space With Multi-Purpose Furniture
If you live in a rather cramped studio apartment, then you have to make each cubic meter count. Try and purchase a few multi-purpose furniture items in order to maximize your living space.
A shabby looking apartment can also quickly transform into a stylish residence with just one or two signature pieces. For example, you can save time, money, and space by buying a stylish futon during a liquidation sale at a local furniture store in your area.
A futon serves two distinct purposes. The first is as a bed that you can use to sleep at night. The second is as a couch that you can relax and watch TV or read on during the evening.
Bulky chairs can be replaced by floor cushions instead. When they are not in use, you can simply stack them in a corner somewhere. Floor cushions take up less space than bulky chairs, which usually have to sit out all the time.
TV tables take up very little space, and they can also be easily folded and set aside when they are not in use. You can even use them as a work table or a dining table, which reduces the number of furniture items that you need.
As for movies and TV, many people like to mount 65 inch TVs on their walls, or they may opt for a display cabinet in order to house their centerpiece. However, this may not be possible if your studio apartment is too small.
Instead, why not buy a laptop or large iPad to watch your favorite movies and shows? Thanks to streaming services like Crave, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu, you can watch virtually anything you want, whenever you want.
You can even play games on your tablet, phone, or laptop thanks to cloud-based services such as Xbox GamePass and Steam.
By buying the appropriate furniture for your home, you will be afforded more storage space. If you are having any doubts or concerns, then consult with a home décor or design expert. They will help you pick out pieces that go well with the interior of your studio apartment while also not taking up too much space in the process.
Decluttering is something that most people dread even thinking about. Decluttering can actually be quite daunting, to be honest. However, the only way to make a tiny home look less cramped is to declutter it.
Clutter can creep up rather unexpectedly if you are not careful. Dealing with limited space can be very difficult, especially if you are moving from a large living space to a small one. It is also imperative that you provide flow.
You should create pathways so that you can move from one section of your apartment to the next without stepping on anything and possibly injuring yourself. The center of the space should be devoid of obstructions, such as appliances and furniture, as well.
You can designate a certain space in your studio apartment as a sort of display area in your home. Whatever items that you have laying about can be added to this space to beautify the area.
Another solution is to move unused things to a small storage unit. A self-storage unit can be rented for as long as you like. They are usually monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can add virtually any security feature to them in order to protect your most valuable assets.
Most storage units are also climate controlled and fire retardant, so they will be protected from the elements. In the end, the goal is to make your studio apartment appear spacious and neat, and a small storage unit is an affordable and convenient way to declutter your home.
You can donate items that you no longer need to a local charity. Your unwanted items will be given a new home, and they won’t be wasted by being thrown in a landfill. You can also sell some of your unwanted things if you are strapped for cash.
Sell items on online auction sites like eBay, or sell them locally using classified websites like Kijiji and Craigslist. You can also sell them to trusted friends, family, and colleagues as well.
Opt for Vertical Storage
If you want to maximize storage space, then vertical storage serves as a quick, easy, and very practical solution. If possible, placing appliances and other items vertically when not in use is a surefire way to minimize your living space.
You can even install shelving that reaches all the way to your ceiling if you wish. Some people may find such an approach to be impractical and even obtrusive, depending on their individual tastes, but if it peaks your interest, then go for it!
Just remember to buy a step stool afterwards so that you can pick items off of your shelf without injuring yourself. If you don’t want to install shelves, then you can install peg boards or hooks instead.
Again, the goal is to get items off the floor. How you do so is up to you. Corner shelving is yet another option if you want to add some much needed elevated storage. You may need to sacrifice some wall space in the process, but it may be worth it in the end.
You can also create more ground-level storage by taking your furniture vertical. For example, if you have a conventional bed with legs, then you can look into raising it about a foot off the ground so that you can use the newly formed space underneath for storage.
Extra sheets, off-season clothes, and rarely used towels and other items can be stored below your elevated bed.
Opt for vertical storage in order to take up less space, which may be a requirement if you live in a small studio apartment and don’t want to feel claustrophobic.
Take Advantage of Under-Bed Storage
You can keep a plethora of items under your bed, including clothes, mats, boxes, accessories, peripherals, and other miscellaneous bric-a-brac. You can maximize your living space by placing several items that you infrequently use underneath your bed.
Visitors will be none the wiser, and there are a wide array of under-bed storage alternatives to choose from as well. Some popular examples include shoe organizers and under-bed boxes or containers. Shop within your budget and you should be able to find a solution that works for you.
Go Big or Go Home
It goes without saying that a studio apartment, or any dwelling for that matter, can have its fair share of hurdles. However, by taking the right steps, you can turn virtually any home into a utopia that you can be proud to call your own.
Make the best of your situation, and transform your average-sized home into a relaxing retreat after a hard day of school or work. Remember that bigger isn’t always better. After all, you likely chose your studio apartment in order to be closer to work or school, or simply needed to save some money in order to pursue your dreams.
About the author:
Devon Graham is a blogger in Toronto. He graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a dual degree in Business Administration and Creative Writing. Devon Graham is a community manager for small businesses across Canada. He also likes to research various topics related to pets, food, storage solutions and business solutions.