Big Plans – Small Spaces – Making the Most of Your Studio
Living in a studio apartment usually means that you don’t have a lot of extra space. It doesn’t take long before a charming apartment becomes cramped. Instead of giving up and moving to a bigger, more expensive place, try using these four options to make the most of what your studio offers.
Sleep on a Murphy Bed
In case you haven’t seen a Murphy bed before, it’s a bed that folds against the wall or into a cabinet when you aren’t using it. If your studio apartment has a combined bedroom and living room space, then getting a Murphy bed will make the area more useful. When you aren’t sleeping, you just push the bed against the wall. Suddenly, a queen-sized bed that takes up about 30 square feet folds into five square feet.
If you’re looking for a quick, easy way to add room to your studio apartment, this is one of your best options. There are plenty of Murphy bed styles to choose from, so look for an option that looks great in your apartment.
Add a Rolling Bar Cart to Your Kitchen
Getting a rolling bar cart for your kitchen will help you store all kinds of items conveniently. The good thing about a rolling cart is that you can move it while you cook. If it gets in your way, just put it somewhere else. You can also use the rolling bar cart to serve drinks and snacks in other areas of the apartment.
When you live in a studio, it’s always good to choose furniture that serves more than one function. Plus, you don’t have to spend a lot of money buying a rolling bar cart for your apartment. You could always build one inexpensively.
Create More Storage Space
Your studio apartment has plenty of hidden spaces that you use for storage. An empty kitchen wall, for instance, is the perfect place to install hooks where you can hang pots, pans, and utensils. That immediately makes more useful space inside your cabinets. You can also always add space to your studio apartment by creating built in storage under beds, chairs, or couches.
A studio apartment doesn’t have room for clutter, so you will need to organize everything you own as well as possible. If you don’t have enough drawers and shelves to stay organized, then you may need to add them. Hooks are also a good option for getting things off the floor so you can organize them on the walls.
Some other tips for keeping an apartment organized include:
• Wash dishes immediately after meals
• Pay bills online instead of getting paper bills through the mail
• Clean at least one area of your apartment each day
• Find a place for every item you own
Studio apartments are often affordable, convenient places to live. They do present some difficulties, though. By following these tips, you can make the most of the space you have.