Making it Work: 8 Solutions for Even the Smallest Studios

Making it Work: 8 Solutions for Even the Smallest Studios

Esteban Cortez
Mar 5, 2017
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Aside from getting a glimpse at how other readers make a home, one of the best things about Apartment Therapy House Tours is exploring the myriad small space living solutions. Renting a small space—particularly a studio—often presents obstacles: perhaps there is an unsightly feature that can't be removed or a seemingly inevitable storage issue (we've all been there). These house tours not only solve some of the common dilemmas that accompany studio living, but also maintain the warm, cozy vibe that makes our House Tours so special.

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1. Double Up on Storage

The entry walls of Will and Kate's Hell's Kitchen studio are adorned with cute vintage wood boxes that double up as storage, holding the couple's valuables: keys, wallets, etc. When square footage is limited (their space is only 420 square feet), creating storage solutions that aren't an eyesore can be a challenge, but the couple succeed while adding some charm to their industrial-modern apartment.

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2. Use Mirrors to Open Up and Brighten a Space

It's no secret that using mirrors in a small apartment can transform the space. In Becky's 300-square-foot Beijing studio, she placed a large floor mirror against a wall, which makes the the room seem more open than it actually is. Even better, the mirror is near a bright window and reflects the sun rays throughout, nearly doubling the natural light.

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3. Go Higher

Rhonda is lucky in that she had the option to customize her East London studio. She tore out the kitchen cabinets and replaced them with recycled scaffolding boards as shelves that she installed all the way up to the ceiling. This gives her just enough space to display her vast collection of beautiful ceramics and crockery, which tie in perfectly with the bold lines in the adjacent art and backsplash.

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4. Pack a Punch with Color (Without Overwhelming a Space)

Alexandra's Brooklyn studio is tiny and packs a punch, but doesn't feel cramped at all. She does this by keeping the walls mostly bare, sprinkling colorful books, art, and housewares throughout the space. Her decor choices makes the space feel cheery and happy without feeling overwhelming.