How to Decorate a Studio Apartment With Furniture

Updated April 17, 2017

With so much less space than other apartments and homes, a studio apartment makes it hard to come up with a good decorating scheme. However, the key to decorating a studio space lies in making that space work for you. With the right furniture and accessories, decorating a studio apartment poses no more trouble than decorating a full-sized home.

Choose furniture that is size-appropriate relative to the apartment. If your furniture is too large for the room, it gives the room an even smaller feeling than it may already have.

Create specific rooms using furniture as guidelines. Studio apartments exist as a large blank canvas, and furniture helps create separate room areas. Choose a section to act as the living room, dining room and your bedroom and decorate those spaces with the appropriate furniture. Use area rugs to define different areas.

Avoid cluttering the space with furniture, but don't keep things too sparse. Too much furniture, like overly large furniture, creates a cramped feeling in the apartment.

Use storage containers and double-duty furniture to cut down on clutter. Consider a wall of storage cubes or seating that conceals a storage space underneath. This way, your items are still there, just out of sight. It also gives your furniture an extra use.

Divide areas up using pieces of furniture or actual dividers. For instance, the living room boundaries could be created using an entertainment centre and a sofa. An alternative is to invest in folding divider screens that match your home decor

Hang mirrors to reflect light and give the room a larger look. The reflective properties of mirrors visually expand rooms. This includes mirrored surfaces in furniture as well, such as metal or glass.

Choose furniture with tall legs. Tiny House Blog notes that taller furniture gives the room more visual space as opposed to furniture that sits very low to the ground.

Create a visual flow within the apartment to keep it from seeming too disjointed. While not all the furniture needs to be completely matching, there should be some visual cohesion around the apartment.

Leave walking paths clear. Clear paths help with the flow of the apartment and the visualisation of different rooms.

Things You'll Need

  • Mirrors
  • Storage
  • Dividers
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Ticara Gailliard is a college graduate with a degree in communications/film and video production from the University of Memphis. She has been a writer for over 15 years and has been published in local writing magazines such as "Grandmother Earth." She also edited two books for her high school.