CHI Good Questions: Furniture Layout for Small Studio?

CHI Good Questions: Furniture Layout for Small Studio?

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Janel Laban
Jun 2, 2008

Kev is moving this month and has some questions for the crowd. He says, "Need some design/furniture layout tips on decorating my future new small studio. I will me moving into a South Loop studio apartment in mid-June as the building is still under construction. The unit is a 495 sq ft "soft loft" and will have a concrete ceiling, exposed ductwork, white walls and off-white cut Berber carpet...

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I've been staring at my floor plan trying to figure out the best way to layout my furniture. I'm not all that excited about the carpet being in there. I wish it were able to be hardwood floors or concrete, but I'm renting so I can't make that choice. How do I deal with white carpet? Will it be awkward to put a rug on carpet?

I've attached an image of my floor plan as well as some renderings of what the unit will look like. These are just renderings from the developer's website so they do not reflect the actual units of the building, like the cool concrete floors. :(

I don't really have any furniture, so I basically have a clean slate to work with. I plan on getting a double or queen sized bed, a sofa, flat panel tv, chest of drawers, small dining table and a small desk.

Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!"

Kev, good luck in the new place!

For your floorplan specifically, we'd suggest considering possibly getting either a sleeper sofa OR a bed, but not a sofa and a bed - since you are buying all of this new, it would save $$$ and would also free up a lot of space. If it turns out you really miss having both, you can always add one down the line, but it couldn't hurt to give it a try first. Also, we think a rug on top of the white carpet would be fine - we've seen it done many times and it works, especially against a light carpet.

Finally, for some inspiration, here are a few links to past posts on general small space solutions:

  • A Few of Our Small Space Solutions
  • Small Space Solutions from and Architect's Tiny Loft
  • Small Space Solutions from the New Aloft Hotel

    Please add your thoughts and ideas for Kev's questions in the comments...

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