Sharing a Studio: How A Brooklyn Couple Makes it Work in a Small Space

published Jun 25, 2015
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Danny & Joni’s Brooklyn loft is a pretty generously sized studio at 690 square feet, but to make it work with two, they had to employ some smart strategies that you can steal.

They customize

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Danny and Joni spent two years with a regular bed frame while constantly fighting for storage space. Finally, they bit the bullet and found a builder to make them a custom bed + space divider + storage unit in one! It not only gives them plenty of room for their stuff, the wall divider creates a makeshift bedroom area separate from the rest of the studio.

They share

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Why find space for two different desks when you could just build a double-decker? Each person get their own space, yet it takes up less room overall and looks so sleek. Great idea!

They take advantage of their wall space

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Why use up square footage when the wall can help you out. These bikes would be in the way anywhere else, so it’s a smart move to mount them. Also, take another look at that cute lead picture. Notice the projector behind them? It’s just another great way to save some inches. Using a wall as a TV and movie screen (once the projector is on) makes perfect sense when trying to scale down.

They make their furniture do double duty

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If you’ll notice, much of the furniture in this apartment is serving multiple functions. Here, the butcher block island also stores pots and pans (and paper towels!). As we told you above, they make their walls work for them in so many ways and let’s not forget that thing of double duty beauty: their multipurpose bed.

That’s how Danny and Joni do it. Which good ideas from their space are you ready to steal?

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