Good Questions: How to Set Up the Studio?

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Liz just moved in and has a good question: Dear AT, I just moved to the city on tuesday and am hoping for some advice on how to set up seating in my new studio. I don't have a sofa yet and am unsure of what kind to get, as well as where to put it.

Would it make sense to put it along the left wall (where there is a small dresser currently) or should i use a sofa to divide the space into two "rooms" by putting it across the middle of the space? Any suggestions on sofas that would work in this room and/or how do arrange the furniture would be much appreciated! --Liz

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Liz, Welcome to Chicago and congrats on the new place. You have really nice colors going on - the rug, bedding and warm wood tones are working well together.

Here is one idea for a room plan:

It seems that you have room to swing your bed around and place it horizontally against the back wall of the room, thus enlarging what would be the seating/living area and allowing you to "float" a room divider across the space with a bit more room to spare and better flow. Then you could concentrate set up a seating area as it's own "room" without being concerned about the sofa having to do double duty as the divider.

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Perhaps a piece of open shelving like this Thomas O'Brien piece ($239.) would work here as a room divider, allowing you to create a bit of a separate bedroom area, but still allowing for light/air. You could incorporate your books on to divider's shelving, freeing up more room in the sleeping area.

As for sofa suggestions, we're going to let the readers take it away...

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Janel Laban is the Executive Editor of Apartment Therapy and has been working here, at the dreamiest of dream jobs, since March 2006.

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