16 Clever Ways to Make the Most Out of a Studio Apartment

16 Clever Ways to Make the Most Out of a Studio Apartment
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If you live in a big city like New York or L.A ., there’s an excellent chance you’re living in an apartment that’s as big as your childhood bedroom—and you’re probably paying as much as many people do on a mortgage. While a teensy living space may seem like the worst thing ever, there are ways a studio apartment using some clever decorating tips.

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When living in a small spaces, literally every single inch counts. There are so many small changes you can incorporate into your small space to make it feel larger and more open. Click through the slideshow to see our tips on how to make the most out of your studio apartment.

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Create separate levels in your space.

By creating different levels in your small space, you'll make it feel like you have seperate rooms. You can also use the space under your riser as extra storage!

Photo: Russian Creators

Use floating wall shelves to store things and decorate your space.

One great way to store things without cluttering your space is on the walls! Use floating wall shelves to keep all your items in place while adding some character and color to your walls.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

Pops of color go a long way.

Rather than painting your entire apartment, opt for small pops of color to keep things clean, simple and minimalistic to make your space stay looking as large as it can look.

Photo: LABL Studio

Paint your walls white.

White walls are amazing for many reasons. First, they're going to make your space feel more open and spacious—that's something every studio apartment can use. Also, it gives you the chance to change around your color themes through your time in the apartment!

Photo: Home DIT

Anything foldable is your new BFF.

Beds, tables, desks—anything—if it comes in a foldable version, it should be in your apartment. You can always fold your bed, table or desk back up and have some extra space for anything!

Photo: Kokopelia

Opt for long curtains that start at your ceiling.

To make your room look taller (in turn making it feel larger), try a pair of long curtains that can start at the ceiling.

Photo: The Inspired Room

Use a bed that can double as storage.

Rather than piling books, folders, clothings and blankets all around your tiny place, find a bed that can double as storage. This way it's out of sight and will make your space look neater and not make you go insane from the clutter!

Photo: IKEA

Using a wall divider or some sort can easily separate your space and make it feel bigger.

We totally suggest using a divider like the one pictured since you can also use it as a storage device to store all your books, trinkets and other home decor items inside.

Photo: Better Homes & Gardens

Accessorize like your space is huge. 

Don't be afraid to make your small space look like a million bucks with chic accessories like shag rugs under chairs, matted and framed art, and fresh plants.

Apartment Therapy

Use large furniture. 

As Apartment Therapy smartly points out, lots of small furniture sprinkled around your space could make your studio feel cluttered and messy, while a couple of functional larger pieces could make your studio feel bigger.

Apartment Therapy

Mirrors make any room appear larger because of their reflective quality.

Bonus for using cool, on-trend tinted ones like these.

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Furniture that doubles in function helps you double your space.

You can shop for bed-and-desk combo pieces like this, or just position yours back-to-back to free up floor space.


Install cabinets above your bed to keep clothing and other stuff out of sight.

Even better, add recessed lighting to the bottom of those cabinets—the brighter and cleaner your studio, the bigger it'll look.


Store pretty objects out of reach, but in sight.

Even the ceiling is fair storage game when it comes to tiny apartments.

Apartment Therapy

Color-code and organize practical objects—including food—and keep them on display as a design touch.

If you don't have tons of drawers, cabinets, or a pantry, try artfully arranging boxes of pasta or wine bottles.


Make the most of every nook and cranny.

In small spaces, you've got to use every square foot—take a cue from this kitchen, which incorporates seating, storage, and decor into every corner.

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