Setting Up a First-time Solo Studio?

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Q: I am very excited to be moving into my first apartment without roommates but am feeling a bit overwhelmed because (a) I have to purchase a quite a few items of furniture, (b) I am visually-spatially challenged and am having trouble visualizing possible layouts (despite how much fun floorplanner.com is), and (c) therefore have no idea what type or size of furniture to look for...

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My only major furniture limits (other than a modest budget) are that I own a dark brown leather chair and sofa that I am very attached to, and a big Ikea brown-black desk and dresser which I am planning on putting in the closet. I work from home most of the time, so an office area is particularly important to me. I'm thinking of using the dining area for that purpose. I'd like a sleeper sofa rather than a bed, but am not sure where to find an inexpensive and well-designed alternative to my standard choice of an Ikea wooden futon. I own a lot of books and love big bookcases. Finally, the apartment has a "solarium" (their word, not mine). I've already gotten permission to remove and store the French doors which will open up the space, but I have no clue how to make use of it. I've read a lot of great suggestions for studio layouts on AT. Any advice on my space would be greatly appreciated!

Editor: Rachael- we love the floorplan of your new place. If you aren't a big eat-at-the-table person, we agree that setting up the dining room as an office would work- you might want to give it a library feel by lining your bookcases along the walls as well. The solarium would make a sweet reading nook- your bookcases and a deep cushy chair might also work in that space (depending on the size). We're opening this up to our talented readers who are bound to have even more ideas!

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