Furnishing a Studio Flat to Look More Spacious
When you live in a studio or open plan apartment, you have to be good at coordinating the whole look of the place. This helps give the illusion of space when there isn’t really much of it.
When you have a studio, the bedroom area can often be visible from the rest of the apartment, so you need to choose furniture that will neatly hide away all your clothes and other belongings when you have guests over to visit.
Getting a built-in closet is a great idea. If you can devote a whole wall to it, then you will create masses of hidden storage space that is really useful. Another idea for making your bedroom ‘disappear’ is to buy one of those cleverly designed fold up beds that fold neatly into the wall. However, you don’t have to go to these lengths if you are good at keeping your bedroom neat and tidy. Making sure that you make the bed properly and cover it with an attractive bedspread during the day will be more than enough.
Choose other items of furniture that coordinate well with your bed and wardrobe. It’s easier to do this if you buy all your furniture from the same store and choose one particular range to buy from.
Glass coffee tables can really give the illusion of space in a small room – because of the transparent nature of the material. Corner sofas can also be a good choice in a small living area as you use them as a kind of room divider – without having to actually install one.
Most studio apartments will have a kitchen corner, rather than a full kitchen. It can be useful to have the dining table right next to your working area in the kitchen, as this provides you with extra workspace. There are so many cheap dining tables to choose from in the shops today that a dining set is no longer considered a once in a decade purchase. You might have one for a couple of years and then change it for something completely different. In a studio, an extending table is useful as you can use it in its smaller size for 90 per cent of the time, and extend it when you need to.
It’s perfectly possible to make a studio flat feel spacious – it’s just a question of careful planning before you start filling it with too much furniture.