Before & After: Studio to One-Bedroom

published Feb 23, 2011
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Peter and Molly’s light-flooded West Village studio was perfect for the two of them plus Hugo, their dog. But when they were preparing for a new baby, they successfully reorganized the space and added a sliding door, creating a comfortable and calm one-bedroom.

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Initially, Peter and Molly used the larger area for their bed, a comfy chair and storage. Through the open archway, they used the smaller area by the amazing window as an office area, along with bookshelves, another comfy chair, and occasional dining.

The first step of turning the space into a family apartment was adding a door in the archway. This was not so straightforward, since the archway itself is somewhat irregularly shaped. Peter measured the opening and made a design for four doors that could slide across the opening. Their building’s super constructed the doors and installed the sliding tracks at the top of the archway. Now the inner room can still get all the light from the enormous window when the doors are pushed to the side, but sliding the doors across effectively separates the two spaces into distinct rooms.

The larger room is now a living/dining area, with open space for their baby to crawl around. They swapped out their open Cubitec shelving from DWR for a stepped series of Malm dressers from IKEA, which not only made for a sleek and neat storage wall, but also made it safer for the new baby. Benches from Crate & Barrel make for a flexible, low-profile dining area.

The smaller room has become the bedroom, with the bed tucked against the wall where the home office had been. Shelving just below ceiling height provides extra long-term storage out of baby’s grasp.

The resulting one-bedroom is light, bright and airy, with walls painted gray against crisp white trim. Nearly all the furnishings are pale neutrals, creating a calm, unified environment.

  • Case Study Alpine bed from Modernica
  • MALM dressers from IKEA
  • “Before” storage: Cubitec storage from DWR
  • Pacifica dining table and benches from Crate & Barrel
  • Couch and bronze reading lamp from Restoration Hardware
  • Phrena Hanging Lamp from the MoMA Store