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?

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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