How To Make the Most of Huge Closet in My New Studio Apartment?

How To Make the Most of Huge Closet in My New Studio Apartment?

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Tess Wilson
Oct 2, 2015

Q: Hi Apartment Therapy! I moved into a studio apartment in June and shortly thereafter did the complete Mari Kondo life cleanse (why is it always after you've hauled it across a city that you realize you don't need all that stuff?). Now I'm stumped. I have an exceptionally large closet (roughly 5' wide x 10' long) and I don't think that I'm getting the best use out of it that I could. It connects the main room of my studio to the bathroom. There's some built-in shelving and I've added a large IKEA Malm 6-drawer dresser. But I don't actually have much stuff in any of it...

I am sure that if I consolidated further I'd have lots of space that could be put to good use. But I'm coming up short on ideas! A nap room? A meditation spot? A wine library? (I'd have to take up collecting wine for that last one, but there are worse hobbies...)

As problems go, this is a pretty good one to have. But I would be grateful for any ideas and suggestions from you and other AT readers! I attached some (not great) pictures of what the space looks like empty. Thanks! -Sent by Vicky

Editor: Vicky, I used to live in a studio apartment with that exact layout! I used the closet as a bedroom (my mattress and box spring fit in without an inch to spare), leaving the rest of the apartment as a living space. It's actually not a bad way to go, as long as you don't have all of your clothes hanging from the rod above your head, as I did, unless your ideal bedroom is a crowded closet. Readers, how can Vicky make the most out of this large closet/small room?

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