If apartment living had a slogan, it would be: "Think smart, not small." This holds even truer for studios. When square footage is minimal — the average studio in the U.S. in 2018 averaged 514 square feet — making the most of every corner is key. But with the right furnishings you can not only maximize the space you do have, but also create added visual space, optimize storage, and decorate exactly how you want to. Whether you're redecorating or just moving into your first place, these items will help you make the most of your abode.
You might not have a mudroom, but that doesn't mean you can't have a space to take off and store your shoes. A storage unit with a bottom rack provides the perfect spot to store your kicks. A pullout drawer can also act as convenient place to keep go-to essentials you need before heading out like hats, scarves, and umbrellas. If you've got a bit more wall space, consider going larger with a 2-in-1 coat rack storage unit like this one that perfectly fits right into the corner.
Glass accents not only give the space a clean and modern feel, but they also take up very little visual space since they're clear. This coffee table will still give you a place to rest your coffee cup or display a vase full of fresh-cut flowers, but won't block the sitting area off from the rest of the room.
Make reflections work for you and your space. An over-the-door mirror isn't only a space saver (and a way to make sure you look as good before heading out), it also makes for the perfect optical illusion by making an area seem bigger.
Instead of muddying up your floor space with lighting, add flair and brightness to a room with a hanging chandelier. A white-and-gold pendant will bring the visual intrigue without adding bulk.
Use vertical storage to make the most of your space. Tall bookcases with open designs and simple lines are ideal for any small-space dweller.
Some secrets are good to have. Keep clutter at bay and linens close by in secret under-the-bed storage compartments. When the bed is down, no one will be the wiser.
Smaller spaces tend to have windows that are also on the smaller side, so studio dwellers may be inclined to skip the treatments. Instead, find gauzy curtains that give off a breezy, palatial feel and hang them at the ceiling — not the top of the window. They will give the illusion of taller ceilings and give your home a sunny feel.
Tie a room together with a rug. Lean toward larger rugs that create a "grounding" feeling and center your space.
Breathe life into your space, literally, by adding plants. Consider a big statement plant to limit the cluttered look that a collection of small succulents can create.
Stephanie Smith is a native New Yorker living in the Bay. Her work is largely in health and fitness, and her writing has appeared in publications including Adidas GamePlan A, Everyday Health, Fitbit.com, MensHealth.com, Aaptiv, and Daily Burn. Stephanie is a firm believer in morning coffee, hard work, and chasing the burn. When she's not whipping up protein-rich vegetarian meals or picking things up and putting them down, she's obsessing about throw pillows, mid-century must haves, and smart, small-space storage (#studioliving).