12 Ways to Create a 'Bedroom' in a Studio Apartment

Either by choice or by the vagaries of fate, you have found yourself living in a studio apartment. That's it. Just one room. And maybe you're cool with that, but you don't feel like looking at your bed all day long. Or you need a little privacy for when houseguests stay, or you just want to create a little separation between the parts of your apartment devoted to sleeping and waking. Apartment Therapy has a few ideas.

Above: the inhabitant of this live-work studio, from Domino, has created a separation between working space and ceiling space with a ceiling-mounted curtain. Mounting a curtain in a track is an especially good idea because it means the curtain can be easily drawn back to join the two spaces when you feel like it. This curtain is made of corduroy and lined with blackout fabric, so it's almost as good as a wall.

Willa Kammerer uses a curtain to separate sleeping space from work space in her 300 square foot New York apartment, spotted on Houzz.

Here's an idea, from The New York Times, that's simultaneously bold and surprisingly practical: ceiling-mount curtains around your bed, canopy style, and draw them closed when you want a little privacy.

This charming space, from Country Living, makes use of a pre-existing nook to provide a little privacy for the bed. A curtain (hung on a railing made from electrical piping!) completes the separation.

In her 280 square foot studio in Paris, Elodie makes use of bookcases and curtains to create a tucked-away sleeping space.

Ok, enough curtains. This little studio, spotted on 79 Ideas, uses sliding ceiling-mounted fabric panels to separate the bed from the rest of the room. I know you can get these things at IKEA β€” does anyone else have any other sources?

In his Houston apartment, Chris used a credenza, and a fabric panel, to give his bed a little privacy. Bonus: the panel also doubles as a projection screen.

In their Brooklyn apartment, Laurie and Garette created a separation between the kitchen and the bedroom with IKEA Expedit bookcases.

In her 480 square foot studio apartment, Maura went for the nuclear option: building actual walls around her bed. It actually works out quite nicely because one end is left open, and the high ceilings allow the little bedroom box to become an interesting design feature.

The bed in this little studio from Makeover.nl is right next to the couch in floor plan β€” but elevating it vertically allows it to feel like its own space. (We're guessing there's plenty of storage behind those curtains below.)

Nikki, whose studio apartment we spotted on Living in a Shoebox, placed the sofa at the foot of her bed. If your space allows, this is a great way to create a kind of separation between the sleeping and living parts of your space, without blocking anything off with furniture or curtains.

And finally, the bed in this studio space from Domino isn't really separated from the rest of the apartment β€” but the flanking bookcases give it a little extra coziness, which is always nice to have in your 'bedroom', even in a little bitty apartment.

(Image credits: Domino; Houzz; Houzz; The New York Times; Country Living; Elodie; 79 Ideas; Chris Nguyen; IKEA Family Live; Maura; Makeover.nl; Living in a Shoebox; Domino)