By: Bob Kozik | May 25th, 2014 | 3 comments

Creating the perfect layout for your studio apartment is all about identifying what your needs are, and divvying up what little space you’ve got into functional areas that accomplish those goals. Because this subject can be come quite tailored to your specific needs i.e. climate and/or cultural/religious obligations we’re just going to give you some studio apartment ideas that address what I considered to be the basics.

Sleeping Arrangements

Depending on your studio’s floor play may or may not have a dedicated space for a bed, but for our purposes we’re going to go ahead and assume your apartment is laid out like a rectangle. If you’d like we’ve got a bedroom checklist you could check out.

  • Alarm Clock
  • Blankets
  • Bed Sheets
  • Comforter
  • Futon
  • Pullout Storage Boxes
  • A chest of drawers is very clunky and takes up quite a large amount of space, so instead we suggest you get several pullout storage boxes to place under your futon. That way you’ve got a place to store all your bedding and clothing that’s out of the way.

    The Perfect Kitchenette

    More than likely your layout has kitchenette in lieu of a full-size one, and because space is at such a premium we’ve gone ahead and compiled a list of the basics.

  • 3Qt. Sauce Pan
  • 10in Fry Pan
  • Cutting Board
  • Chef’s Knife
  • Paring Knife
  • Serrated Kife
  • Coffee Mugs
  • Forks
  • Knives
  • Spoons
  • Coffee Mugs
  • S&P Shakers
  • Can Opener
  • French Press
  • Toaster
  • So you’re more than likely asking yourself, ” What the heck is a French Press ?“. Basically its a non-electric way of brewing your morning cup of Joe, so when you are done you can just put it away and free up some of that extremely limited counter space.

    Making Your Bathroom Usable

    Simple colors and patterns work best in small spaces and trust me a studio bathroom is tiny. Is your ceiling low? Get a shower curtain with vertical stripes. Are your wall close together? Make it look wider using a shower curtain with horizontal stripes.

  • Bath Towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Plunger
  • Shower Curtain
  • Shower Hooks
  • Shower Liner
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothbrush
  • Waste Basket
  • Bath Rugs
  • Generally speaking you want to keep the color palette for this room light, and use darker colors sparingly to add depth when necessary. If you go overboard with the deep colors the space will look like it was designed for ants.

    Office/Study Area

    For this section of your studio apartment keeping this simple is best, and genuinely all you need is small secretary desk. You could even save space by borrowing a chair from your kitchen table, or even forgo the whole need for the desk if you’ve got a laptop.

  • Secretary Desk
  • Office Chair
  • Cleaning & Safety

    Doesn’t matter how big or small your apartment you can’t avoid having the clean. There’s no way around it, this is the one category we cannot shrink done to fit in our tiny studio apartment.

  • All purpose cleaner
  • Brand-aids
  • Broom and Mop
  • Bucket
  • Dish Soap
  • Dish Scrubby
  • Rag
  • Smoke Alarm
  • Vacuum
  • Misc. Furnishings

    When you furnish a full-sized house the name of the game is making the space look less airy, so when we design a studio apartment we’re looking to do the opposite to preserve as much of that open look as we can. Otherwise you’ll wind up lining the interior perimeter with furnishings making the space feel cramp. How we avoid that is living a lifestyle without excess, and using functional decor like end-tables and lamps as decorative elements for our rectangular canvas. In other words, this isn’t a list of items to buy so much as it is a collection of suggestions.

  • End-table
  • Floor Lamp
  • Small Dining Table and Chairs
  • Television & Media Player(s)
  • TV Tray Stand
  • TV Stand
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