The exorbitant rental costs in many parts of the world are taking their toll on working professionals, which explains why more and more people are choosing to stay in smaller studio apartments and condominium units. While these single-room residential units typically lack the separation of living spaces typical of larger quarters, there are clever ways to define and maximize the space for more comfortable living.
In most interior decorating projects for cozy areas, buying space-saving furniture is one of the most effective ways to maximize the available space. This furniture type is usually designed with multiple uses in mind, and in some cases, they look more like art pieces than functional furniture.
In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the clever space-saving furniture you can buy for your cozy studio apartment.
Slim Shoe Cabinet or Entryway Table
Even with a small apartment, it’s a good idea to have a small welcoming foyer area where you can take your shoes off to keep the apartment clean and sanitary. In this entryway, you can situate a compact shoe cabinet that’s slim enough not to take up too much space. Choose a higher cabinet that can double as the entryway table to maximize its use. Then, place a beautiful tray or bowl where you can put keys, loose change, shades, and other stuff to keep them organized and uncluttered. Finally, position a lovely, large mirror to enlarge the look of the space so that you can check your appearance before leaving the house.
Comfortable Sofa Bed
Furnishing your studio apartment with versatile pieces like a sofa bed is a great way to save space and money. More importantly, it will allow you to accommodate more people in your tiny apartment.
You should ensure you’re getting the right sofa bed by measuring the space to determine the size of furniture you need. It’s also a good idea to measure the sofa folded and laid out to guarantee that it will fit the space no matter how it is configured or set up.
When buying online, ask the furniture merchant if the sofa bed is made with a solid, sturdy frame that can hold 2 persons. Also, check the reviews from other buyers to determine whether the mattress or cushions are comfortably plush or too thin based on their experiences. Lastly, verify with the seller or check the reviews to see if the mechanism for converting the sofa to a bed is durable and easy to use.
Lampshade with Shelves
Layering your lighting can make for a cozier and more elegant space. Aside from having an overhead light, you can also put lamps on the corners and side tables for added ambient lighting that’s easy on the eyes and conducive to reading, watching TV, and other everyday household activities. For space-saving options, consider a lampshade with shelves underneath. This piece can save space in the bedroom area by replacing a night table. Alternatively, you can have it in lieu of a bookshelf or end table in the living room.
Expandable Office or Dining Table
An ordinary table or desk can take up a lot of floor space in your apartment. Fortunately, different folding tables are designed especially for small apartments and condominium units. These can be directly installed on a wall or introduced into the space as a standalone table that can be expanded to accommodate a larger group of people when needed. In some cases, the table just folds with hinges, but in more intricate designs, the table actually slides outward with hidden support and detachable surfaces. It’s an essential investment if you plan to entertain guests in your studio apartment.
Bench or Ottoman with Hidden Storage
For another awesome multi-use furniture piece, you could opt for a bench or ottoman with a hidden storage compartment, which is ideal for storing your extra curtains, cushions, throws, blankets, or towels. Aside from using it as storage and additional seating for your breakfast nook, living room, or entryway, you can also use it as a coffee table; simply add a nice-looking tray and decorate it with accent pieces for a personalized touch.
Folding or Stackable Chairs
Having foldable or stackable chairs comes in handy, especially if you have guests arriving. That said, you don’t have to settle for those ordinary plastic monoblock chairs that tend to diminish the elegance of a space. Instead, opt for a more unique and chic design such as the “Trinidad Chair” by Fredericia, a sculptural piece made of wood and metal, or the iconic “Stacking Chair” by Verner Panton, a vintage plastic chair design from the ‘60s. Not only are these chairs practical for your small apartment, but they also are artistic statement pieces that elevate any space.
One of the perks of living alone in a studio apartment is having a bathroom all to yourself. However, the bathroom in studio apartments tends to be on the smaller side. As such, you must also think of ways to maximize the bathroom space.
One solution is to get an over-the-toilet rack or organizer. This piece is designed to be installed or placed over the toilet’s tank. Utilizing the space above the tank, this rack provides storage space for extra towels, toiletries, and bathroom tissues.
With so many well-designed space-saving furniture options these days, furnishing your studio apartment shouldn’t be as complicated or challenging as it was a few years ago. Using a bit of creativity and practical sense, you should be able to decorate your living space according to your style and needs.