How to style a studio apartment


1) When it comes to the big stuff, stick to the basics. 

Ask yourself what you need and eliminate the rest. You need a bed. You need a table (sort of). You don't need a couch because you have a perfectly comfortable bed to sit on, read on and watch tv on.

If your studio is anything like mine, it's one large (ish) room, so once you have your bed and table set up, there's not a lot of space for much else. When I first moved in, I had a small reading chair in the corner where my table now sits. Beside it were a couple of side tables as well, but after a few months of eating on that chair and in bed I realized a small table would be much more practical.

Actually, that's a lie. My boyfriend continually emphasized how much more practical a table would be. And at first, I stubbornly refused since I was perfectly fine without one, until I made home-made ramen and had to eat on the floor — what can I say, bed eating is comfortable eating —as long as it's not soup. 

So to recap step one: Splurge on a bed,  buy a small table, don't make home-made ramen until you've purchased said table.

If you're wondering, both my bed and dining room table are from Ikea. 


2) Accessorize, minimally.

Since you won't have a lot of furniture to showcase your wonderfully unique personality, you have make up for it by accessorizing. But, don't go over-board. When you live in a studio, even the basics can make your space feel cluttered and messy. You also may not have a lot of shelving to place decorative items on, so once again, think practical instead of just pretty. 

My three go-to's are candles, small plants and baskets/boxes to help store smaller items. All three serve a visual yet practical purpose and don't take up too much space. 

  • Candles are great because a) they're decorative and b) they help make your place and surrounding things smell nice. Which is beneficial in a studio because you will be cooking mere steps away from your bed and closet. 
  • Small plants add life into your space without over-crowding it. I currently have four small succulents and two larger fake plants that act as accent pieces. 
  • As for baskets and boxes, I've got one large floor basket that holds pillows, throw blankets and on occasion clothes that i'm too lazy to hang up. And a few baskets that sit on the shelves of my closet to hold various items of clothing. When my closet door is open, they help make it look more organized than it really is. I also have a small wooden box that holds some books beside my T.V. stand. 

3) Don't over do the wall decor

Prints are a creative way to personalize your space, without going over budget on framed photos. Not to mention denting your walls.  Other than these prints and a few framed photos that sit on my window sill, my walls remain pretty bare and minimal. Which helps make the space seem a lot larger than it is. 


4) Purchase items that can be mobile. 

The thing about a studio is you might have to move things around from time to time. For example, I have extra storage drawers under my bed but side tables make them difficult to rummage through. So as an alternative to a side table, I purchased an Ikea cart. Which serves as a great storage container but also as a mobile bedside table. Even if you don't plan on using this cart as a bedside table there are many other ways to utilize it in a small space — like a mobile kitchen cart or bathroom cart. 

I also have a number of serving trays that I use when i'm reading in bed and want a spot to set my coffee on. One such serving tray also sits on my kitchen table and acts as a centre piece during the day, storing flowers, plants and candles. But at night when I need to set the table for dinner (or when I choose to set the table and eat like an adult for dinner) I will set the tray aside. 


Well those are the tips that have served me well over the last 8 months! If you have lived or want to live in a studio apartment i'd love to hear from you, so shoot me a comment below! 


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