Call me weird, but I would love to live in a studio apartment. I have this weird fear of large open spaces. My old flat had the biggest bedroom, like huge, and I really didn’t like it. I felt lost in the space, and it’s especially unnerving when you live alone to have a big house. Some people crave four bedroom and acres of land, but I genuinely love a small cosy space and having everything in one room would very rarely bother me. It’s all about managing and maximising the space you have with clever storage and well designed pieces of furniture.
I discovered this 280 sq ft apartment whilst browsing the Instagram account of former owner Gabrielle Savoie, who is the current editor of My Domaine and runs her own interiors blog Savvy Home. With such interior design credentials, there was no doubt she’d be able to create a swoon-worthy space, but I have to say this tiny apartment is big on style.
Of course possessions need to be kept to a minimum with a space as small as this, so if you’re about to move into your first studio, I’d recommend reading Marie Kondo’s The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It really will change your life. I regularly have throwing out sessions where I’m armed with bags, one for charity and one for the tip. It’s so therapeutic and will make such a difference if you’re a hoarder and feel like you need to downsize.
Storage really is your best friend. Baskets, trays, boxes to go under the bed, coat hangers which hang vertically as well as horizontally – basically anything in which you can tidy your worldly goods away and make some much needed surface or floor space is essential. In a studio apartment it’s pretty much expected that you’ll have a small bathroom so organising and throwing out any unused or old beauty products is a must.
You’ll need to really plan your space before you move in any furniture so if you can grab the dimensions before you lay out any hard cash for a bed or sofa. Big pieces of furniture like this need to be worked correctly into the space for it to flow as well as it could, so once you have the measurements, take your time to sit and work out how you can create separate areas from dining to living to sleeping. No one wants a bed right next to the cooker, especially if you’re a fan of pungent food.
There are key pieces of furniture you can buy to maximise the space of a studio flat, such as a bed frame with rails, enabling you to hang clothes from like the below from Ikea, two-seat sofas which slot neatly against the wall and TV units which have inbuilt storage to hide blankets, towels, books and DVDs.
As you can see from the picture above, bar stools are the perfect place to grab breakfast on a morning, while having a small dining table and two chairs in the corner of the room allows you to invite a friend over for dinner without someone having to sit on the bed.
I love how this apartment, despite how small it is, has four definite areas for cooking, working, sleeping and relaxing, with a colour theme running throughout to tie each area together.
I’ve picked out some of my favourite pieces from shops such as Ikea, Desenio, Habitat and H&M to show you how you can create your own stylish apartment regardless of space. The key is to keep colours light, bright and fresh, while adding pictures, decorative accessories, mirrors, plants and textures such as cushions and rugs to make the space feel as homely as possible.
White Artificial Cactus Plant £5.99 4. Copper Bar Stools £89.00 5. White Sideboard £287.50 6. Alana Copper Side Table £89.00 7. Hand Painted Cups £6.99 8. Velvet Cushion Cover £6.99 9. Abaya Blue and White Vase £15 10. Madelein 2 Seat Sofa £599.99 11. Eames Inspired Dining Chair £39.90 12. Green Metal Tray £35.99
Whether you’re a student or you’re living in the big city, with your very own studio apartment to furnish, I hope this post has shown that no matter what sq footage you’re working with, you can create a super stylish, cosy and practical pad to call your home. Image Credit