Name: Vince R.
Location: Arlington, VA
Size: 610 s/f Studio Condominium
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What inspired you?
The awkward floorplan and "bland beige boxiness" of my studio condo forced me to think creatively about how to divide the space. I divided the 18' x 15' room into four zones: Living, Sleeping, Office and Gym. To tackle the lack of color, the beige carpet was pulled up and wood flooring put in.
...One of the walls was colored with a textured, grey paint and the adjacent office niche was highlighted in a dark orange. I wanted a way to hide my sleeping area and workout equipment from sight when needed. The room divider was created by utilizing aluminum and glass wardrobe doors from an Ikea wardrobe system. They slide open to access the sleeping and gym areas. The doors are held in place by tension poles from an Ikea shelving system. They're screwed into the ceiling but tension holds them into place at the bottom so the floors are left unharmed. Metal shower railing from Home Depot was added to stabilize the structure. Wood panels, cut down to size and stained to match the kitchen cabinets, flank both doors to warm up the room. The frosted glass still lets light in yet hides the bedroom and workout equipment from view when needed. Total cost of materials for the wall = $813.
The bedroom is cozy and cocoon-like which works perfectly for me. Since the platform bed didn't have a headboard, I took an old table top and mounted it to the wall. On the opposite side of the room is a small gym area. A treadmill and Bowflex, both of which fold up, work well because they take up little space when not in use. Finally, the office area was created by purchasing shelving and a table top and cutting them to fit into the niche.
I tend to buy neutral colored furniture and add color through accessories. This way you can always change up the look of your room by changing your accessories.