If anyone knows anything about living in small spaces it would (sadly) be me. My boyfriend and I are currently sharing a teeny tiny studio room with an en-suite. Just because it makes more sense for him to stay at mine rather than endure the longer commute to work. So making small spaces work for one, or even two people, is well within my forté.
When you find yourself living in the smallest studio apartment known to man and woman, it’s tempting to give up on the idea of making it functional. It can even be tempting to say sayonara to the entire mess of cooking at home as well, as the aftermaths make your small studio look like a nightmare.
Small living can actually be quite homely and nice – even when you didn’t end up in this apartment by choice. Here is a handful of home hacks to create a bigger and loftier look, making it so much easier to fool yourself into believing you have more than one room.
Use a curtain to divide the ‘rooms’
In a regular home, you know its heart and soul is found in the kitchen. You’re not living in a regular home anymore, though, as much as in something similar to a doll house – and the heart and soul of your studio is, of course, your bed.
When it is particularly small, you’ll use your bed for everything; transforming from a traditional bed to a modern couch in the morning, and shifting back to its regular shape again at night like Cinderella.
You’ll even use it for work or studies when you can’t fit a proper desk, so it’s a good idea to find ways to divide up your tiny home a bit. Buy a ceiling-mounted curtain and use it to shelter your bed area, creating a natural division between your bedroom and the rest of your home. It’s nice for privacy too, so you can drift away to dreamland all snug and comfortable.
Or a bookshelf for a sleeping nook
Use a bookshelf instead, by the way, to create a sense of having another wall, and place it wherever you feel there should be a natural division – or just to tuck away your sleeping space a bit. Regular walls can’t hold books and ornaments either, so you’re actually better off with a bookshelf. Have a look at this ridiculous sleeping nook, by the way, for when you’d like to squeeze in what’s practically another room.
You don’t have to head off to IKEA straight away to build yet another Billy, though – make shelves out of two old ladders, for example, and give it a nice layer of paint first. The industrial look will spruce your home up a bit without demanding too much attention.
Anything that can be both functional and used for storage purposes should be welcomed into your tiny studio immediately; think coffee tables with storage, beds with drawers underneath, and even those matryoshka furniture that you can turn into basically anything.
Make use of your walls
It seems to be big money in making small apartment-dwellers buy overpriced furniture they’re supposed to use for every purpose, but think about how long you’re planning on staying there first. If it’s just for another year until you graduate or move to another city, try to make use of the space you already have – rather than investing in tables you have to puzzle together like a game of Tetris.
You actually have quite a lot of space if you just look up. Hooks and hangers on every door, on the inside of your kitchen cabinets, and a few floating shelves to display your knick-knacks can do a lot to maximise your studio space.
That way, you don’t have to sell your small-living furniture or bring it along when you move to a bigger apartment.
Do you live in a small apartment? How have you managed to make the most of what room you have? Let me know in the comments down below! I could always use more hacks!
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