It looks like it is in the very nature of people to flock into the larger cities in search of opportunities. Even though the prospect of this is exciting, it still raises the issue of space – apartments are becoming more cramped as new buildings cover the skyline, and studio apartments are becoming the natural habitat for most people. If you have begun feeling a bit claustrophobic in your new living space, here are 5 nifty ways to make the most of your studio apartment.
1. Part with everything you haven’t used in six months
Clutter is your worst enemy and it is something you cannot allow to build up in such a small space. This means you have to adopt that entrepreneurial mantra of getting rid of everything that isn’t functional. The best strategy is to think about clothes, items and other paraphernalia in terms of a six-month time frame – if you haven’t used or touched something in six months, and if it doesn’t have a sentimental or an intrinsic value, get rid of it. Furthermore, add two apartment cleaning sessions to your weekly schedule, and stick to them. This way, the maintenance of the apartment will become much easier, and you will end up with an orderly space that looks much more appealing.
2. Keep it on the light side
If the walls in your apartment are painted dark, ask your landlord if you can do a repaint and choose a bright color – possibly white, light green or yellow. The key thing is to choose a light color that meshes with the rest of your furniture and which can rest your eyes. Bright colored walls will make the space appear larger than it actually is, and if you hang a big mirror or two on the wall, you’ll end up with a lofty-looking studio apartment. Just make sure your apartment is visually consistent when it comes to colors – it will create a calm atmosphere. Additionally, try to keep the blinds open and let in as much light as you possibly can. Light is the best friend of every space, as it livens it up and boosts the mood.
3. Solve storage first, ask questions later
Storage is always a problem in studio apartments – you will usually have a designated closet or an armoire for your clothes and some basic items like sports gear. However, it is usually not enough. With such a limited square footage, you should probably consider using your walls for storage purposes. For example, you can look at a selection of various shelving solutions in terms of style, function, and price. Of all the options, floating shelves are probably the most sensible solution to your immediate storage woes. They can look really good, and if you place them right beneath the ceiling, your space will not look cluttered at all. You can use them to store books, decorative items, movies, etc. Rods and hooks are the best solution for the kitchen and the bathroom. They are also a good workaround if you have a balcony, as you can use them to store your bike and other equipment like child bike seat, skis, and even your cleaning tools.
4. The bliss of plant life
On the aesthetic side, if you want a quick-fix to prettify your studio apartment without wasting space, you can always turn to greenery. If you purchase some useful air-purifying plants and put them in pots next to your computer or bookshelf, they will not only make the space look more vibrant, they will also keep your stuffy interior air crisp.
. Furniture should be big and sparse
Here’s a secret to a good (and big) looking studio apartment: get rid of all the bulky furniture nobody uses, and after you’re done with it, throw out a few more pieces. Keep only the largest units – a big bed, a tall bookshelf and a lofty armchair next to a towering lamp stand will create an illusion of size when it comes to square space. Big and sparse is the key combo, but try to stay reasonable.
As a river of people flows across the pavements and sidewalks on their way to work and back home again, the idea of honeycomb cells comes to mind. It’s as if civilization has stretched the idea of comfort and functionality to the point of bursting, but hard-working people like you can always find a way to create a calming, personalized environment. If you live in a studio apartment, these 5 tips will certainly help you get really comfortable between your four walls.