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Layout Guide: Designing A Rectangular Studio Apartment Two Ways

In our “Layout Guides” series you’ll find layout solutions for rooms of all shapes and sizes. Finding the right layout for your room can be the trickiest part of interior design! This week we’re looking at two different ideas for a rectangular studio layout that’s, as many apartment designs are, a bit shy on floor space.

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Studio apartments are notoriously tricky spaces to design. It’s a tough situation to have to fit all the functions of a home into one room—including a living area, sleeping space, dining nook, home office, entryway, etc.! If you have a studio, you face the unique challenge of how to fit all those functions and make them feel like distinct spaces. Not to mention that you also need storage space and a layout that ensures that your home doesn’t feel stuffed to the brim!

So how do you go about arranging furniture in a studio apartment? It really depends on the function you want and the shape of your space! The good news is that with a little creative thinking and a few apartment design hacks, you can come up with a number of options for making your studio space feel homey and comfortable. Here we designed one rectangular studio layout two unique ways to show you the possibilities. Check it out and get some ideas for your own studio!

studio layoutLayout Idea #1: The Open Studio Apartment

Our first studio layout idea is all about creating a space that’s open and inviting. All spaces flow into one; the bedroom is open to the living room which is open to the working space. You can see the living room when entering from the doorway—but the layout keeps the bedroom a bit more private from the kitchen area.

An open layout like this serves a double function: the living room is front and center so the TV can be seen from the bedroom, sofa, kitchen, and working area. And the bedroom + living areas are subtly separated by rugs so you have some separation between your lounge space and your sleeping space.

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

An Open Layout: This layout features a low sofa centered in front of the TV. This setup serves to anchor the space and allow for TV watching/gathering in all areas of the studio.

Tall Furniture: A tall desk in the corner keeps space visually decluttered—plus it leaves space underneath for a file cabinet and baskets for organizing. The bookcase is also tall! If you’re sensing a theme here, that’s because tall furniture takes up vertical not horizontal square footage.

Distinct Spaces: The reading chair adds additional seating and can also be used as a separate reading nook with the bookcase. A queen bed adds a cozy touch with full nightstand and dresser—plus you can take advantage of the view out window from your “bedroom.”

Smart Storage: It’s not always enough to have storage in small spaces. Sometimes you need sneaky storage ideas. Here, the large media cabinet allows for lots of storage—but it’s also low so you can take advantage of the surface space!

Savvy Seating: The living area doesn’t have room for a coffee table, but we used pouf ottomans as another space saver. They work great as coffee tables/ottomans/seats and can be easily moved for open floor space.

studio layoutWill this studio layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want one big living space and don’t see the openness as a lack of privacy.
  • Like lower furniture to keep the lines of vision open across your studio.
  • Need multifunctional spaces—i.e. sharing the TV space with the bedroom space and vice-versa.
  • Are a couple or live solo.

studio layoutLayout Idea #2: The Divided Studio Space

Our second studio layout idea is ideal for someone who wants a more separated space. With these multi-use design hacks, you can still have designated areas in one open room. It’s a great way to create privacy in both the bedroom and living room even though your space is wide open.

To get this look, see how the different spaces in our studio apartment are designated for different functions. The living room is just for TV viewing and lounging (but it can also function as a guest room with a sleeper sofa). Then, you have a separate bedroom and dressing area. This layout also leaves room for a desk in bedroom area, but it’s vertical so as not to take up much square footage. The handy room divider separates the living room/bedroom but still allows natural light through so it doesn’t close off the space. It can be easily moved so you can change up the flow of the space as needed. Bonus: it provides extra shelving/storage—essential for any studio apartment!

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studio layoutThe Key Layout Elements:

Split Up the Space: The room divider is the key to this studio layout. It is an architectural piece that adds lots of visual interest to the apartment at the same time as creating two distinct living and sleeping spaces. It also allows light and provides shelf storage so you can keep your space tidy and clean. This also means that the TV can only be seen from the sofa to give you even more of a true living room space.

Functional Furniture: In a studio apartment, it’s much easier to make the space work if your furniture offers both form and function. The sofa acts as a sleeper for guests, the coffee table doubles as a bench for extra seating, and the poufs can double as seating or slide underneath the bench to get out of the way. A chair in the corner provides reading nook as well as seating for conversation—plus all the furniture pieces are easy to move around as needed.

Lots of Storage: The bedroom in this layout idea has a full dresser for lots of extra storage space! A floating nightstand helps keep floor space free and the mounted plug-in wall sconce allows nightstand to be less cluttered (aka more room for books and midnight snacks!).

Use of Vertical Space: A wall desk like this is great for homes that are short on square footage. It provides storage vertically and its sleek design doesn’t visually clutter the space—a great space-saving design hack for studio apartments. And the eating area in the kitchen is a tall tabletop peninsula with barstools so you don’t have to have a big clunky table taking up space.

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Will this studio room layout work for you? Yes if you…

  • Want to keep living and sleeping spaces separate.
  • Work from home or work a lot at desk and need it separate from your living (TV viewing) area.
  • Are a couple who loves privacy.
  • Often have overnight house guests (put that sleeper sofa to work!).
  • Love to entertain—this design has plenty of seating for all your friends.

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Designing a Round Room? Here Are 5 Ways to Make It Work

round room designThere’s no way around it—a round room is one of the trickiest spaces to design. Finding the right furniture and layout can be a daunting challenge because of the shape and size of the room. Not to mention, placing things against the wall is nearly impossible in a rounded space.

Thanks to its unique curves, a round room can often leave us scratching our heads when it comes to planning a layout. If you’re struggling to design a round room, here are five ideas for five different functions.

office Round Office Design

Planning to use your round room as an office? This is a great idea that can open up a variety of possibilities. We suggest floating the desk in the middle of the space so your work area feels centered and balanced. Mounting a bookcase against round walls might be precarious, so we recommend sticking to lower, enclosed pieces of furniture. A credenza is a great choice for a round room.

The curved shape of this desk echoes the organic nature of the room. We tucked a bench along the wall near the entrance for some extra seating, too. The dark wall color here helps to create a cozy vibe that strikes a bold contrast against the colorful rug.

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bedroomRound Bedroom Design

A round room can be a trickier space for a bedroom because the large, imposing shape of the bed might limit functionality in the space. Our room only had space for a bed and not much else, but we were able to fit a queen-size option with small, low-profile nightstands on either side. We also tucked in a small dresser and doubled it as a TV stand to make the most of limited space.

A C-side table is a great small space hack and alternative to a full-fledged nightstand. These sleek designs can snuggle up close to the bed, provide ample surface space, and take up less floor space.

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dining tableRound Dining Room Design

A dining room is one function a round room might be perfectly suited for! Similar to the office design, here we floated a round dining table in the middle of the room to give it plenty of space to breathe. This also allows room to move around the table and doesn’t create awkward spaces like fitting a table against the wall would do. In this layout, we even had space to tuck in a credenza for storage with two flanking side chairs in case extra guests come over!

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living roomRound Living Space Design

This round room lends itself nicely to a living room lounge type of escape. A more bohemian style allows for a casual, flexible layout and allows for a cozy, homey feel. We used a sofa and two accent chairs to provide plenty of seating, while the fun patterns and decorative accents make the room feel like a cozy escape. And an upholstered ottoman can serve as a coffee table or even extra seating in a pinch. This is a great idea if you want your round room to offer a sort of retreat from the rest of the home!

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living roomRound Playroom Design

Our final idea is to turn your round room into a play space for kiddos. You can throw all of the traditional interior design rules out the window and just embrace the fun of this awkward space. We filled our playroom with toys of all kinds, like oversized stuffed animals, a mini kitchen play space and even a hanging chair! This will be a fun escape for kids where their imagination can go wild—so let yours go wild while you’re designing it!

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Layout Guide: Small Bedroom With a Curved Wall

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Designing a funky shaped bedroom can be a challenge. Beds are big can leave little to no space for anything else in a small room. A curved bedroom wall can make it tough to get the most out of a space and still ensure that it feels serene and relaxing, like a bedroom should.

That’s why we’re exploring two different ways to tackle the oddly-shaped bedroom. It can be an exciting challenge that forces you to get creative with a small bedroom layout! Check out these two layout ideas for designing a curved bedroom that’s functional, comfy and stylish.

The Space: An 8 x 17 awkwardly-shaped bedroom with a curved wall.

The Style: Colorful and eclectic

The Challenge: Designing a small, oddly-shaped bedroom with a curved wall to fit essential furniture items without making the space feel cramped or claustrophobic.

bedroomIdea #1: Simple, Solo Living

Layout Idea #1 prioritizes space and comfort. The bed is placed along the wall in front of the curved corner to allow room for a queen-sized option. This means you’ll have plenty of room to stretch out and luxuriate. Plus, it is the best placement to enjoy the view out the window from the bed.

The setup is all about making the space feel open and uncluttered with an angled rug, easy use of tight space, and minimalist decor. Furnishings help maintain a sense of openness in the space and a well-placed mirror helps make the room seem even bigger. 

 bedroomWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

Placing the bed against the curved wall means you can fit a queen bed for maximum relaxation and rest. The bed also gets a stellar view right out the window and this placement leaves room for a nightstand on one side.

In the back corner behind the bed, we filled in the awkward space left by the curved wall with a plant. We used a faux option because watering back in that tight space would be difficult. But this way you get all the looks and lightness of plant life without the maintenance.

The dresser at the foot of the bed makes perfect use of that skinny strip of wall space. A tall dresser is great for smaller spaces as you can get more storage vertically without taking up valuable floor space.

And the angled rug under the bed offers more floor coverage for bare feet and takes attention away from the awkward shape of the room. The mirror visually opens up the small room and makes it seem bigger and also has posts on top for hanging towels, purses, etc.

bedroomThis Is Great If You…

  • Are a young adult living solo.
  • Prefer simple, uncluttered spaces.
  • Love to daydream and watch the world outside from your bed.
  • Want a bedroom that’s purely a space for resting and relaxing.

officeIdea #2: Extra Functionality

Layout #2 aims to pack in as much function as possible into the oddly-shaped bedroom. But we also wanted to make sure it didn’t feel cluttered or overcrowded. You still want a space where you can feel peaceful and relaxed, so it’s all about finding balance.

This layout option expands the functionality of the small room with extra storage and a mini desk. We swapped in a twin bed to this design, which allows for more open floor space and incorporated other furnishings that would help maximize functionality without overtaking the room.

bedroomWhy This Bedroom Layout Works

The twin bed in this design leaves more open floor space to play with so our layout choices aren’t so limited. This is a trundle option, which is great for a kiddo’s room if they like to have sleepovers. You could also do a bed with storage underneath instead.

To maximize space and functionality along the curved wall, we placed a mini desk setup. This creates a great spot to do homework, read a book and enjoy the view outside the window. Having the desk pulled away from the wall a bit is okay because you can use the space in the curved corner to house a trash can or even put a footrest for a more comfortable workspace.

The wall-mounted bookcase also expands available storage space by using the wall vertically instead of taking up further floor space. To give the room a super cozy vibe, we layered rugs for extra coverage and use dark wall paint for an intimate and relaxing feel.

deskThis Is Great If You…

  • Need a workspace at home and don’t have room elsewhere in the house.
  • Like a cozy space where everything you need is in reach.
  • Want a comfy, sleepover-ready bedroom for a kiddo.
  • Need extra storage in a bedroom.
  • Want to have a guest area that’s equipped with everything they’ll need!

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