Small Space Solutions: 12 Ideas to Steal From Stylish Studios

Small Space Solutions: 12 Ideas to Steal From Stylish Studios

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Arlyn Hernandez
Aug 5, 2016

Small space living got you down? Just because your bedroom is your living room is your kitchen doesn't mean your tiny domicile can't be bursting at the seams with style and "Why didn't I think of that?" design moments. Take a look around your home: Do you see the potential instead of the lack of square footage? To help get your creative juices flowing, we rounded up a dozen smart rooms, studios and even a chic RV from which to borrow inspiration.

Don't forget to think vertically.

Since we first ran Andy and Danielle's tiny 325-square-foot home, we were taking notes on how to make use of every nook and cranny of our own apartment. The big lesson here: Get lifted, or rather, lofted. The area above our heads is valuable real estate to maximize when you're working with limited floor space. Raising their bed high above their living area opened up wall space for a TV, an additional lounging area, and more room for necessary table surfaces.

Make every surface count.

When you're living in tight quarters, it's important to make room for the little things that make you happy: plants, pictures, tiny details. We love the above idea from Deb and Jim's Long Island City place, who saw what many consider an eyesore as an opportunity to display their personal trinkets.

(Image credit: Home Designing)

Give new meaning to a platform bed.

Definitely not something you can whip up on a whim, but with planning, elbow grease and some tools and supplies, you can create a genius under-bed storage solution, like in this mind-blowing Moscow apartment (no seriously, you have to go see the entire place). (via Home Designing)

(Image credit: One Kings Lane)

Don't be afraid to pack it in.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make in small space living is shying away from statement furniture. With a little inventive floor planning, you can fit in plenty of seating, textures and shelving. The 400-square-foot apartment we spotted on One Kings Lane made use of every inch, and we think the end result is one to borrow inspiration from no matter what size your home!

Forget what you thought about closets.

Laura and Ray's Austin pad is not technically a small space or studio, but what it does prove is that you should never underestimate what you can do with a nook, or in this specific case, a closet. Taking off the door and painting the interior a super cheery canary yellow creates an eye-catching alcove for a tiny art studio, home office or hobby spot.

(Image credit: The Everygirl)

Create walls where there are none.

Blogger Cait Weingartner shared her happy home on The Everygirl, and we're swooning over her use of IKEA's KALLAX bookshelf. Open shelving units like this one create privacy for your sleeping quarters but still let precious sunlight stream in from the window. Styling with books, magazines, trinkets and even fashion accessories personalizes the space.

(Image credit: Artistic Odyssey)

Do double duty in lesser used spaces.

Your foyer, no matter how tiny, is a place that you simply pass through to get to the next room. We like how the entry of this attic apartment (via Artistic Odyssey) isn't your typical landing strip in that its also a makeshift coat closet. Adding a clothing rack, some baskets (and we'd say, even some shoe storage) to a sliver of your landing strip is a great way to get the max out of areas you don't spend much time in. Tip: If the idea of clothes and shoes being on display right when you open the door is bothersome, consider putting up a pretty curtain with a tension rod if that works for your space to hide everything away.

(Image credit: HGTV)

Don't forget lighting.

Like basically everything else in a studio, table space is a hot commodity, so you should be looking to wall sconces for lighting that won't steal surface area from you. Plug-in wall fixtures are a great option for renters.

→Looking for plug-in wall sconces? Here are 13 options to shop now.

(Image credit: IKEA)

Put your walls to work.

Get crafty with thinks like suction-cup bars and baskets (like the ones above from IKEA) in your bathroom to have everything you need at your finger tips...and organized.

Look up, down and all around.

If there's any place to look to for small space innovations, it's an RV. Meg of She and I Photography transformed a camper into a stylish retreat. We think there are lessons her for any small space: baskets under the bed can hide away a multitude of sins, and a shelf above the bed can display pretty handbags, jewelry boxes and linens.

Be true to your style, no matter how much room you're working with.

Another personal favorite: Akhira's Brooklyn studio is a study in packing as much personal decor style into 288 square feet as possible but still remaining tailored. Akhira wasn't afraid to use oversize art, bold textures (like that fuzzy sheepskin rug and baskets), well-worn furniture, greenery, and plenty of shelving.

(Image credit: Quentin & Co.)

Yet another idea for fitting in a closet anywhere.

Shauna from lifestyle blog Quentin & Co. set up a lovely area in her home for her clothing. Two racks, a deep floating shelve, a bookcase and some wall hooks is all it took to get this pretty faux closet. She prescribes to the idea of always having a capsule wardrobe by season, which helps to keep everything tidy and under control.

Have you surfed our Small Spaces category? It's loaded with real homes and clever tips and tricks. Check it out!

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