Three Ways to Arrange A Studio Apartment

1) Physically divide your space: Use bookcases and other furniture to divide your space into separate living areas for privacy and to feel like you have a designated (small) area for everything. This apartment makes great use of small space and the bookcases are used to separate the bedroom area, a little office nook and to separate the living room from the dining area. Photos and design below by Marissa.   2) Keep it open, but create zones: This studio has a more open and airy layout, but it’s  divided into zones using the help of rugs, art and other accessories. The rug in the living room anchors that specific area and the art and accessories help to define each space. Photo and design by Sing (blog no longer available).

3) Go vertical: I realize this might not be possible for everyone, but I just had to share this awesome layout. The lofted bedroom area gives tons of privacy and allows for a larger sofa and dining table below. If you do have the option or find a space that is already lofted, it can make a small apartment feel much bigger. Photos and design by Holly.

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How to Instantly Double Your Kitchen Counter Space

While I love my kitchen, it’s certainly lacking in counter space. I really only have a small section between the range and the sink and the only other counter space is the island. I often find myself setting things on top of the burners when I run out of room. So, I’ve been in search of a solution to utilize the range as an extra work space without an ugly cover or an expensive slab of granite or marble. 2015-03-15 12.24.38-1IMG_4867

Enter: the Ikea “as is” section! There’s a small little area near the checkouts where they have discounted damaged items for final sale, weird sized pieces of wood, etc. I forgot to measure my stove before going, but I found a white piece (that actually looks exactly like my dining table) with zero damage/markings for only $2.99. It seemed close enough to the size of my stove, and if it happened to be too big or small, it wasn’t a huge risk at that price. I brought it home and to my delight, it’s almost the exact size. There is a bit of overhang at the front, but nothing too significant. This piece is perfect for extra work space. It’s heavy and sturdy enough not to move around and the plain white color works well with the rest of the kitchen.

IMG_4862 IMG_4863 IMG_4865I‘m so glad I found this piece and for a few dollars, I now have a great deal of extra “counter” space. If you have a similar problem, I would definitely suggest checking out the “as is” section at Ikea or your local tile/stone place to see if they have remnants or samples that will allow you to cover your range for an extra work space.

Update: this project was recently featured! Check out the post here.featured_button