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Living in a Cramped Space? Here Are 26 Small Studio Apartment Ideas That Fit

By Ristra March 30, 2020

The following small studio apartment ideas prove how trouble-free it is to spruce up a cramped room. It doesn’t automatically mean that you have to feel as if you are living in a tiny dorm just because your studio doesn’t go beyond 600 feet. If truth be told, there are dozens of creative methods to make use of the space you have and make it feels more open and roomy. Yes, unless you could do a magic trick and mystically demolish your neighbor’s wall, you can’t expand your apartment out of nowhere. Yet, you can get the best of every inch of your room to create a worthwhile living space with a little room planning and decorating.

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Opt for Sectional Sofas

Opt for Sectional Sofas - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Small apartments will not always limit you to style. If you think a sectional will never fit in a cramped space, reconsider that. The key is to put a multi-functional sectional as a must-have item especially for tiny studios where versatility is required. Get a piece of a 2-piece modular sectional and/or an addition that is both adjustable and practical. Arrange the two together for an ideal relaxing area or a cozy conversation space.

Stick to a Brick Wall

Stick to a Brick Wall - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

The structural beauty of a brick wall will bring warmth to a small studio and turn it into a welcoming layout. There are various techniques that you can pick up here depending on your style and personal taste. However, you ought to remember that in a narrow space you will need a cohesive and uniform decoration style to create a balanced, clean look from all forms of clutters that may take up a lot of visual space in your tiny apartment.

Use a Bright Theme

Use a Bright Theme - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

It is a well-known fact that bright colors can make your room look more roomy and spacious. The bright-themed flooring, walls, furniture and decorative ornaments reflect light very well, making your tight fit studio feel bigger and larger. Choose soft hues of off-white for a maximum effect.

Play With Canopy Bed

Play With Canopy Bed - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Liven up the bedroom in your small studio with a comfy canopy bed as shown in this minimal sized space. Place a canopy bed to attract the eyes up and construct the illusion of a high ceiling. This will highlight the overall height of your bedroom.

Paint the Wall in a City Map

Paint the Wall in a City Map - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Both large and small wallpapers can be the right choices for a small living space. Still, taking into account the size of the wall that you have in your apartment will let you to choose the best pattern. Large prints will create a dramatic and striking effect. Meanwhile, small prints such as this delicate city map will bring a calm and refined vibe to the room.

Pick a Colorful Furniture

Pick a Colorful Furniture - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Keep your walls and floors with crisp white paint to brighten up your narrow studio. The large art print on the sizable wall is attractive, but it doesn’t take up any of your visual space. That way you can make colorful furniture as the center of interest of the room, so it’s not like you will feel suffocated with the plain walls surrounding you.

Create a Compact and Solid Arrangement

Create a Compact and Solid Arrangement - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

The key to arranging your tiny apartment be as compact and solid as possible is to use furniture in standard size and artworks, as well as decorative elements, which draw the eyes; you just have to place less furniture in the room to avoid unnecessary clutter.

Choose Curtain Separators Over Doors

Choose Curtain Separators Over Doors - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Instead of building walls and installing doors to divide the rooms in your apartment studio, you can choose a curtain to create an airy and spacious room. This way you won’t take up much space on the floor. Plus, it will also turn your room into a dressing room as well as an elegant bedroom.

Tuck In Your Fireplace

Tuck In Your Fireplace - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

One type of fireplace that is popular for small living spaces is wall-mounted fireplace. This stylish unit frees up space on your floor, perfectly fit to the wall.

Pick Up a Glass Coffee Table

Pick Up a Glass Coffee Table - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

When you live in a small studio, a glass coffee table is the ideal option to accompany you to relax while sipping a cup of tea in your living space. Despite its small size, this offers enough surface for you to place magazines, coffee cups and a few of your favorite accent trinkets. Glass table can make your space look more open compared to the other materials.

Let the Light Flow in With Glass Separator

Let the Light Flow in With Glass Separator - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Want to get a more spacious feeling in your tiny studio? Consider using a glass wall to divide your open layout. Glass separators will create privacy in small spaces properly without taking up too much of your valuable space! Moreover, it will allow more natural light to enliven your entire living space.

Make Your Bedroom Hidden Away

Make Your Bedroom Hidden Away - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Not only is this bedroom hidden, but it also saves space by having shelves and drawers to organize your necessities neatly.

Use Smart Storage

Use Smart Storage - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

You may need to renovate your storage so that you can store your belongings more freely, especially if you have a bedroom with limited space in your tiny apartment. One of the easiest and smartest ways to add a storage area in your bedroom is to apply the idea of putting stuffs under your bed. There are several alternatives to choose from: design a DIY storage locker under the bed, buy a bed that is equipped with extra storage, or copy the trick as what is shown in this photo.

Maximize All Available Space

Maximize All Available Space - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

One clever trick to make a small studio look more spacious is to maximize all the space in the room from floor to ceiling. Use tall shelves soaring up to the ceiling so you won’t take up any space on the floor. The same is true for your other storage media, such as cabinets, bookshelves and wardrobes.

Keep It Minimal

Keep It Minimal - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Clutter can automatically make your living space appear smaller than it should be. It also makes your tiny studio look unappealing. Therefore, only store the pieces of furniture and items that you really need and keep the room to a minimum so you can enjoy more space in your apartment.

Use a Mirrored Cabinet

Use a Mirrored Cabinet - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Mirror is a reflective element that is ideal for creating optical illusions of extra space in the rooms. Placing a large mirror across the window is a trick that is always useful as shown in the placement of a mirrored cabinet in this small apartment studio.

Create a Neat and Tight Space

Create a Neat and Tight Space - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Keeping your space neat and tight is another crucial element that you have to bear in mind when you’re thinking of spicing up your small-scale studio. Some tips that can trick the eyes are including using either very light or dark colors to add depth to your room, hang larger art prints on the walls, utilize few lighting to evenly illuminate the room and add rug to outline your living space.

Display Photo Arts Tactically

Display Photo Arts Tactically - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

The way the arts are displayed is essential and life-changing, not only for the space they occupy, but also for the impression to be demonstrated. If you have limited space to display a fairly large-scale piece of art, try to amplify the original size of the wall by integrating a few small photo arts either with or without a frame. This will create a clean, subtle style.

Bring In Rattan Chairs

Bring In Rattan Chairs - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

You might want to consider placing rattan chairs in your studio if you want to enhance the overall look of your rooms with a natural design. They can enhance the rooms with pieces of furnishings that is both colorful and neutral.

Hang Round Mirrors

Hang Round Mirrors - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Whether you are thinking of renovating your studio or just need to add a little artistic touch to it, hanging a round mirror in your rooms is a smart choice. A round mirror can create the illusion of additional space that seems as if it expands your tight-fit space.

Choose a Scandinavian Style

Choose a Scandinavian Style - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

Scandinavian style is perfect for small spaces. This design is unique with its clean lines, subtle colors and versatile furnishings that can bring both comfort and warmth into a narrow living space and create the illusion of a room that looks bigger and more spacious.

Pick Space-Spaving Bed

Pick Space-Spaving Bed - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

You certainly need a bed with clever design to save space in the small apartment you live in. A folding bed like this can be mounted on a wall, so it won’t take up much space on the floor. When you want to rest at night or just relax and watch Netflix, just pull it down. Perfect for a studio.

Take Advantage of Space-Saving Dining Set

Take Advantage of Space-Saving Dining Set - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

If you need a small dining set to suit your small space, a round table no more than 36 inches in diameter as shown in this photo is suitable for a small dining room, and offers a lovely look to your apartment.

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows

Pillows, Pillows, Pillows - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

A room can be transformed from a basic to flashy look with some fun throw pillows. A spark of color or patterned fabric can give your apartment a whole new character. Yes, these pillows might be the solution.

Install Unique Lighting

Install Unique Lighting - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

When you live in a small apartment, variations of lamps that are unique, stylish, and classic can be an insult to your limited space! Overcome it by thinking vertically: install lighting to the ceiling that illuminate both the walls and ceiling (this is very useful especially if you want your studio to look bigger). That way you can still be unique in your own nest.

Go Bright With Yellow Accent

Go Bright With Yellow Accent - Small Studio Apartment Ideas

It’s easy to feel distressed in a small studio with too many accents and colors, but when choosing a color palette for your tiny apartment, you don’t always have to hold on to flat white paint or boring neutral shades. Small spaces usually miss out architectural interest. Use vibrant colors such as bright yellow to outline an accent.

Ristra[Editor]
Besides being a part-time writer at day, she aims to be a lifelong learner at night.

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