Studio apartments are a very economical living option. The lower cost stems from the fact that typically, studio apartments consist of only one main room and a separate small bathroom and a kitchen. As a result, this main room has to serve more than one purpose. Separating the zones will ensure that you get the most enjoyable and efficient use out of a studio apartment. Here are a few tips for dividing your bedroom from your living room.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Tape measure
- Room divider
First, measure the room and do some space planning. If you don't need a dining area in your living room, that allows for more bedroom space. If you need to combine your bedroom with a home office, that will subtract from living space. People who regularly host social gatherings and dinner parties may want a larger living/dining area and less bedroom space. A couple with a king-size bed will need a bigger bedroom than a single person with a full bed. Consider any relevant factors when deciding how large each section will be.
Next, separate the zones. How much privacy do you need between the spaces? If you want your bedroom out of sight, put up a movable wall, wall of furniture, folding screen, hanging curtain or other partition. If completely hiding it isn't necessary, try a large fish tank, row of potted plants, a sheer or bead curtain, a bookcase, a large shelving unit or entertainment centre. If you feel that a room divider of any kind would be too obstructive, try dividing the space visually instead of physically. Paint the walls in each area different colours, then use area rugs and furniture placement to define the spaces.
Finally, bring in the furniture. Be sure to consider size carefully; nothing cramps a space like furniture that's too big for it. Instead of a sectional or overstuffed couch, try a loveseat and chairs. If you have the budget, a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall is a better space-saving option than a traditional television. Also, avoid the trap of having too much furniture, especially in smaller studio apartments. Your dining space will need chairs and a table, but a hutch or buffet or china cabinet isn't necessary. And remember that round tables require less space than rectangular ones. Your living room area will need seating and a TV, but forgo armchairs. And in very small spaces, consider using only end tables instead of a coffee table.
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