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How To Maximize Space In Your Studio Apartment


If there is one thing New York City is known for, it’s those small studio apartments. You may think that studios lack the space to fit anything other than the bare necessities, but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Sure you might not be able to fit a California king-sized bed, but you can fit more than just a bed and a small couch. Read on for some tips on how maximize the space in your studio apartment.

Find The Flow

Understanding how you move through your studio will help you place your furniture so it flows – because no one wants to jump over their couch just to get their shoes.

Set Up Boundaries

Since studios don’t have separate rooms, arrange furniture, lights, and rugs to create different areas.

Let There Be Light

Studios are small to begin with – adding a lot of light will make it feel larger and cleaner. Dark accessories – light curtains – will only make the space feel smaller.

Utilize Multipurpose Furniture

A bed that doubles as a storage unit? They’re studio lifesavers. Multipurpose furniture allows you to save space and stay organized.

Organize, Organize, Organize

Speaking of staying organized, since most of your belongings are on display in a studio, why not make sure they’re nice and tidy?

Add Some Wall Art

Small apartments don’t have to be bland. Adding an art wall can add personality and charm to your space.

Use Shelves

Floor space is limited in a studio so you need all the help you can get when it comes to organizing or displaying your décor. Try adding floating shelves as a way to show off all your mementos.


Don’t Use Ugly Storage

You don’t always have to use clear storage bins – try adding colorful baskets or even vintage suitcases as storage.

Create A Foyer

Studio doesn’t have a foyer? Don’t sweat it – just make your own. Try adding a small table or bookshelf near the entryway and install a few hooks or shelves.

Use Curtains As An Illusion

Placing curtains in strategic areas can create the illusion of a larger space. For example, lining a wall with a curtain will make it look like there is something gorgeous behind it – even if it’s just a window to a brick wall.

Get Some Plants

Plants don’t only increase productivity, they also create a more welcoming atmosphere and can help filter the air.

Rent-Friendly Kitchen Updates

If you live in an apartment where you can’t change anything, try switching out the knobs on your kitchen cabinets. It’ll instantly update your kitchen and you can remove them when you move.

Add A Pop Of Color

Try painting a piece of furniture – like a desk chair or kitchen table – a bright color to add a pop of color to your studio.

Utilize Mirrors

Mirrors help to “double” your space. Try placing them opposite of a window to act as a second window by reflecting the light back in.


Small apartments don’t have to be boring or bland. Use these tips to help maximize your space to make it seem like your studio is a penthouse on Central Park West.

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