12 Perfect Studio Apartment Layouts to Inspire

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    Create Your Perfect Little Nest

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    Bjurfors.se

    The truth? Just because your studio is less than 600 square feet, doesn't mean it has to feel like a tiny dorm room.

    Of course, you can't magically expand your apartment's footprint (unless you knock down your neighbor's walls). But with a little space planning and the right décor, you can maximize every square inch of your place to create the grown-up home you deserve — no remodeling required!

    So stop bemoaning your skimpy square footage. Here are 12 studio apartment layouts to inspire.

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    Make Binge Watching Better

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    Labl Studio

    Make your apartment feel colossal by creating separate living areas. But how much square footage should you assign to each section?

    Consider what would make you happier at home.

    Want to invite friends over for Netflix? The person who lives in this NYC studio created a large living room worthy of a binge-watching party by sacrificing some bedroom and dining space.

    If you're not allowed to paint your walls, here's another idea to steal from this apartment — Removable, peel and stick...MORE wallpaper. It's easy to install, and it will dress up dull walls without jeopardizing the security deposit.

    For a closer look, visit Labl Studio.

    Related: 19 Best IKEA IVAR Storage Hacks

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    Turn Your Studio into a Boutique Hotel

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    Curbed New York

    If you're always on the go and home is just a place where you shower and sleep, why not style your apartment like a boutique hotel room?

    For instance, this 300 square foot home is packed with features found at trendy lodgings, all placed steps from the bed, including a chic kitchenette, a few pieces of retro furniture and of course a curated minibar (it's on the windowsill.)

    But the star of this apartment, as you'll find in any stylish hotel room, is the comfortable bed decked out in...MORE high thread count sheets.

    See more photos of this charming hideaway at NY Curbed.

    Related: 7 Tiny House Hotels for Fun-Size Vacations

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    Decorate Like a Mad Man

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    marionalberge.com

    When it comes to small space decorating, nothing beats the magical room expanding powers of low profile, midcentury furniture.

    Compared to many contemporary styles, midcentury designs sit much closer to the floor, which makes ceilings and windows appear taller. Such is the case in this sunny 270 square foot studio in Montmartre, Paris.

    View more photos of this petite haven designed by Marion Alberge. 

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    Lofty Aspirations

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    Fantastic Frank

    If you have high ceilings, you can magically whip up more livable square footage with a loft bed.

    It's a winning idea that transformed this 193 square foot studio in Stockholm into a one bedroom duplex —see the cozy living room.

    But the second level isn't the only reason this Scandinavian charmer appears much larger than it's actual size. The walls and décor are both gallery white. Together they blur where the ceiling starts creating an open and airy effect. Room warming accents in...MORE metal and leather keep the bright, white interior from feeling antiseptic.

    If you're obsessed with storage, another exciting feature is the staircase with built-in drawers. We just have to ask that if you steal this idea, please add handrails for safety.

    Peruse more pictures at Fantastic Frank

    Related: 13 DIY Murphy Bed Projects For Every Budget

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    Double Duty Sofa

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    Ludin Fastighetsbyra

    This railroad apartment in Gothenburg, Sweden, is less than 190 square feet. Here's how smartly placed décor transformed the minuscule dwelling into a tiny comfortable abode.

    The first order of business was creating a multifunctional area for both sleeping and socializing. A beautifully styled bed that doubles as a sofa carved out the perfect spot. A leggy desk and also two small tables that don't detract from the room's openness add function.

    Our favorite, finishing touch in this...MORE little nest is the cozy Moroccan rug. 

    See more photos at Ludin Fastighetsbyra.

    Related: Decorating Small Spaces: 7 Outdated Rules You Can Break

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    Presto, Change-o Layout

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    Life Edited

    When it comes to optimizing itty-bitty studios, Graham Hill is a wizard at making them feel twice their size. His company, LifeEdited, works with architects and developers in the creation of ultra livable micro apartments. 

    Hill's current project is a 350 square foot studio that he shares with his partner and their two dogs. Keeping the layout fluid is key to making their home multifunctional.

    Double duty furniture makes it possible. Versatile pieces like a modular sofa and expanding coffee...MORE table can quickly transform Hill's living room into a dining room. See the storage wall across from the TV? It conceals a Murphy bed.

    See every feature in this bright apartment.

    Related: This Clever Condo Comes Equipped With Space-Making Furniture

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    Work Every Nook

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    Bjurfors.se

    This little nest makes the most of every nook and cranny to create three separate living areas.

    A small recess in the corner creates the perfect spot for a bed and extra storage.

    In front of the kitchen's entrance, a patch of wall space becomes a cozy breakfast nook

    Across from the dining table is a love seat that establishes the living room. A rug in front enhances the sense of separation between all three areas.

    Admire every inch of this apartment on Bjurfors.

    Related: 24 Smart and Stylish...MORE Ways to Decorate Empty Corners

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    Rethink the Foot of the Bed

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    BAM Design Lab

    Placing furniture near the foot of your bed is another great way to create a little separation between the living and sleeping areas. You can use a sofa or desk, or both as shown in this bright and colorful micro-loft in downtown Los Angeles.

    Does your studio have a hallway entryway? Here's another great tip from this apartment that's worth borrowing. Keep your main living area clutter free by keeping storage and display furniture in the entryway.

    There are more photos to see at Bam Design Lab.

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    Design Goals Worth the Investment

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    narchitects

    If you own your studio apartment, consider investing in clever built-ins and flexible furniture. Features like these will not only make your space feel huge but may also add value to your home when it's time to sell.

    Here are some design goals to inspire. This studio in NYC's first micro-apartment building designed by nArchitects features transforming furniture and integrated storage that maximizes square footage.

    The built-in cabinet wall behind the sofa conceals a Murphy bed. The unit...MORE below the TV provides extra room to keep stuff out of sight. Innovative solutions like the double duty coffee table and expanding kitchen console create more space for dining or working. 

    Learn more about NYC's first micro-apartment building.

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    Low Ceilings? No Problem!

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    Laurelandwolf.com

    Dividing up space for different uses in a box-shaped studio with low ceilings only seems challenging. 

    The trick is using the right furniture. This San Francisco micro-loft is decorated with a mix of low-profile and leggy finds. The furnishings don't take up a lot of vertical space, so the ceiling appears higher.

    This easy to copy layout places a full-sized bed near a low profile sofa to create additional seating. A room divider at the head of the bed is the tallest object in the apartment. It...MORE carves out a dining nook decorated with industrial-inspired furniture.

    See more photos of this small interior designed by Laurel and Wolf. 

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    Curtains? Yes Please!

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    White Stone Studios

    Sick of looking at the kitchen while in bed? You can make your bedroom feel more private with a partition.

    There are a variety of things that will get the job done, from folding screens to built-in sliding doors. But we prefer the simplicity of this room divider curtain spotted in an apartment at White Stone Studios in Phoenix.

    This 450 square foot dwelling also has a 200 square foot yard. Warning, these photos will make some urban dwellers jealous.

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    Hello One Bedroom

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    Homepolish

    Turning your cookie cutter studio into a chic one-bedroom apartment is entirely possible with a few key pieces. Three standout items transformed this former crash pad into a jewel box home.

    First, is the IKEA KALLAX bookcase (it costs only $200!) that carved out the bedroom. If you're looking for a solution that won't block sunlight, this unit is the perfect small space partition. It also provides practical storage, which nearly every studio apartment needs.

    Next, a lovely, large ikat...MORE rug anchors the living room. Since the walls are bare, the colorful floor covering makes a big stylish statement.

    What's the piece de resistance? The Lucite storage chest. Since the item is crystal clear, it doesn't appear to take up floor space.

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