Studio living comes with a lot of perks, like saving money on rent and living closer to a city's urban action. But it comes at a price, too—mainly having to sleep, eat, work and exist, all in one room. Those who use design wisely, however, can manage to make a studio feel...less studio-ish. Here are five studio apartments that do just that—and how they pulled it off.
Jeanette and Mikul's California loft is on the large size, which can definitely help a one-room studio feel less studio-ish. But they also employ a vital design tool to make their one-room living feel better: They shape intimate zones for a feeling of separate rooms using rugs to create specific living areas.
Julien's studio apartment is pretty tiny, and yet, despite being able to see every corner of his home from just about any spot in the space, it just doesn't feel like it's only one room. Why? Clever use of varying furniture heights and a killer furniture layout. Both his office desk and dining table are pushed up against walls to save space. The center of his studio features a clean living room layout, but notice how the height of the sofa back and the side chair backs help visually divide the living room area from the rest of the space.
No walls? Make your own out of storage pieces. You'll not