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How to Decorate a Studio Apartment

There are difficult design challenges, and then there’s deciding how to decorate a studio apartment. How do you cram a living room, kitchen, and bedroom into one space while still leaving enough breathing space? While decorating a studio takes a little more creativity, planning, and editing, the outcome is well worth the extra effort. To learn how to maximize the use of a studio apartment, here are some tips and ideas that you can do in your Houston apartment.

Consider Using Zones

A bench at the foot of the bed denotes a conversation area, separating your sleeping area from the hangout zone. To save space, Reath Design substituted a tiny side table for a coffee table.

Set up a Glass Partition

If only one side of the room is windowed (and privacy isn’t an issue), a glass-paneled screen provides just enough visual separation while still allowing plenty of light to pass through.

Make use of a Room Divider.

When you want to divide an open loft or studio apartment but don’t want or can’t install permanent dividers, use a folding screen to give the illusion of privacy and separateness.

Selecting Door Curtains

Installing a sliding door would take up valuable space, so hang a curtain to create privacy around the bed instead. A more diaphanous fabric allows light to pass through while remaining lightweight.

Keep Your Bed Hidden

Consider a DIY trundle bed or a solid platform with a retractable bed underneath if your studio apartment is too small to fit a small sitting area and a bed. The wooden platform in this space makes room for a sofa instead of a bed (this way, it doesn’t have to feel like a bedroom if you want to have guests over). 

Make Use of Smart Storage

Open shelving is another excellent way to make use of vertical space. And curtains hung from the ceiling will provide additional privacy in your bedroom.

Hang Tons of Mirrors

Mirrors are your best friend in small spaces. They reflect light off of windows, fooling the eye into thinking the space is much livelier and larger, as seen in this Shari Francis-designed apartment.

Loft Your Bed

This small apartment has a clever layout that maintains the kitchen and dining area beneath the lofted bed. The staircase also serves as a hidden closet, which is a bonus. Of course, extra storage space is essential.

Make Everything Count

Yes, including your large appliances and furniture. You’ll need to beautify everything because there’s limited space for extras and less room to pile in all your favorite items. 

Overall, your studio apartment is a one-of-a-kind space. We hope you enjoyed these ideas for small studio apartments. These recommendations for studio apartment decorating concepts on a budget are not intended to tell you how to decorate or how to furnish your home. However, having to live in a studio is all about trying to make the space work for you, and if you follow some of these tips, your studio apartment décor will be every bit as pleasurable, relaxed, and stylish as some much larger spaces.

And if you’re still on the lookout for the apartment itself, Ashford Communities Apartments can help. Visit our website at and stay tuned for more helpful tips!

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