Good Questions: Separate Spaces in a Studio Apartment?

Q -I just signed a lease on a teeny tiny studio apartment in a high rise in Baltimore. It's small, but it has a gorgeous panoramic view of downtown. I don't have much space, but I want to figure out a way to have separate sleeping and living areas without dividing up my windows...

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I'm not scared of building, but I am a renter, so I need to be careful. The ceilings are only 7'10", so I think a floor-to-ceiling solution is doable, as long as it works with wall-to-wall carpet. I currently have a full-sized MALM bed and a small maroon love-seat. I'm planning to use the closet/hallway to the bathroom as a mini computer room. I had to get rid of all of my other furniture recently, so I'm starting almost from scratch.

Also, the kitchen needs love. Any ideas on how I could spice up those cabinets and counter top? Basically, I'd just like to know: If this was your rental, what would you do? My budget is tight, but I'm crafty.

If anyone is curious, I used www.floorplanner.com to build the floor plan. It was a bit tricky to get started, but I had a blast playing around with it.

Thanks for your time, Kris (littlekris)

Editor Kris, Given the size of the kitchen and the fact that you are renting, we suggest painting the kitchen as an inexpensive way to add some pop. We love the idea of turning the hallway into a mini-office, and suggest tucking your bed into the bottom right corner of the living space to help maximize your room.

We know lots of readers have experience creating separation in small spaces; please help Kris set up his new studio by sharing your ideas in the comments below.

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