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Studio Apartment Ideas
The fact is your studio apartment is just one room with no walls to separate the bedroom from the living room — So now your mattress pulls focus away from everything else making your pint-size abode feel more like a dorm room than a grown-up's apartment. What can you do? Plenty.
Even if you are not working with gobs of square footage, there are many tricks for creating distinct areas in a small place for sleeping, working, or just hanging out. For your inspiration, here are our favorite ideas for carving out a bedroom in a studio apartment.Continue to 2 of 26 below.
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Create a Larger Living Room
This New York City apartment is a tiny, urban oasis brimming with style. Chiseling out separate spots for sleeping, working, and entertaining was the first order of business for the designers at LABLstudio.
To accomplish their mission, they divided the single room apartment in half. Next, it was decided to sacrifice some of the bedroom square footage, which starts at the back of the apartment, to establish a larger living room with a small home office near the front windows. A wallpaper feature wall enhanced the sense of separation between the bedroom and living room.Continue to 3 of 26 below.
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Build a Temporary Half WallContinue to 6 of 26 below.
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IKEA KALLAX Bookcase
Blogger Jackie Claire from York Avenue used an IKEA KALLAX shelving unit to divide her tiny studio apartment into two distinct living areas. The best part, the smart piece of storage furniture cost less than $110.
So that you know, many pieces from the KALLAX furniture collection can be easily customized to fit your unique taste and particular needs. Add on parts including drawers, baskets, and colorful storage boxes add personality while providing concealed storage.Continue to 8 of 26 below.
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Maximize Space With Transforming Furniture
This smart, room-maximizing system created by ICOSA Design brought supersized function to a tiny condo in San Francisco. The unit combines a loft styled bedroom on top of a multifunctional room packed with transforming furniture. A favorite feature is the dining room table that folds into the built-in cabinetry. Notice the wall facing the woman? It conceals a full-size Murphy bed for houseguests.Continue to 9 of 26 below.
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Space Saving Wall Bed and Secret Storage
Most of the furniture cherry picked by interior design firm Black and Milk for this 270 square footage studio apartment has a space-saving superpower. A secret cabinet conceals a wall bed that pulls down over the sofa. The mirrored wall on the right is (surprise!) free-standing storage made up of five wardrobe cabinets lined up side by side. Not shown is a shallow console that opens up to a six-seat dining room table.Continue to 10 of 26 below.
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Plywood Platform Bed with Storage
Plywood and a heaping dose of creativity turned this minuscule rental seen on Svenska Maklarhuset into a cozy, studio apartment. The lumber was used to construct the piece of platform furniture with built-in storage drawers on the left. The unit separates the bedroom from the living room by lifting the mattress nearly three feet above the floor. To boost the sense of separateness, we suggest hanging a floor to ceiling curtain.Continue to 11 of 26 below.
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This Room Divider Doubles as a Projection ScreenContinue to 12 of 26 below.
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This Room Divider Has a Built-in Trundle Bed
Making room to plop down a mattress — not to mention a sofa, in a studio apartment that barely measures 129 square feet is nearly impossible without a phenomenal renovation like this one by Julie Nabucet Architectures.
The feature that makes the most of the teensy square footage is a custom raised platform that doubles as a room divider. The clever unit conceals a full-size trundle bed. When partially extended, the mattress doubles as a sofa. When it is time to crash, just pull the bed entirely out.Continue to 13 of 26 below.
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Consider Two-Tone Walls
Two-tone walls are one of the simplest and most affordable ways to create separation in a single room apartment. The bedroom in this Swedish studio seen on Alvhem Makleri was chiseled out using dove gray paint.Continue to 14 of 26 below.
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IKEA PAX Hack
The couple who moved into this studio apartment features on IKEA Hackers could not bear the idea of having a bed in their bitsy living room. So they came up with an ingenious hack to conceal their mattress. Their project shares how to turn two PAX closet doors into a built-in room divider that glides across a ceiling track.
Because they wanted their living room to be as big as possible, the bedroom nook has just enough space to fit the bed and a little storage for clothing.Continue to 15 of 26 below.
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Install a Loft Bed Over the Kitchen
Got high ceilings? Consider squeezing a loft bed over your kitchen. Doing so in this Swedish studio apartment featured on Fantastic Frank created space for a sizable living room. Notice the stairs? They double as storage drawers.Continue to 16 of 26 below.
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Small Space Furniture
Furniture specifically designed for small spaces can help you maximize your skimpy square footage. Case in point, this 270 square foot studio apartment by Zukkini Interior Design. Living room furnishings include a shallow love seat and a small bistro set. A narrow bookcase on the left carves out a spot for a bed with a built-in headboard.Continue to 17 of 26 below.
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Use Furniture to Split Up an Open Floor Plant
A beautiful wood slatted screen separates the bedroom from the kitchen, while a rug under the sofa creates a little separation between the living room and bedroom.Continue to 19 of 26 below.
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Get Your Bed Off the Floor
A bed perched above the sofa whips up floor space for a living room in this Swedish apartment features on My Scandinavian Home.Continue to 21 of 26 below.
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Put an Empty Nook to Work
A deep recess created a spot to park a twin bed in this studio apartment seen on Bjurfors. Placing the mattress on a platform with built-in storage drawers makes the most of the little nook.Continue to 25 of 26 below.
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Build a Cubby for Your Bed
A custom fabricated wood platform with built-in cabinetry by Jordan Parnass Digital Architecture solved the challenge of what to do with the bed in this New York City studio apartment. On top of the piece of smart furniture is enough space for queen size mattress. Below is plenty of storage and an integrated ladder.