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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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L-shaped studio apartment layouts

Layout Guide: Tackling the L-Shaped Studio Apartment

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Figuring out an apartment design can be tough when you have to fit everything into a single room. But just because your studio is only 400 square feet doesn’t mean it has to feel cramped or cluttered at all! This week we’re cooking up two L-shaped studio apartment layout ideas.

The Space: 16×25 L-Shaped studio apartment

The Style: Mod Collector

The Challenge: Designing a small space to suit multiple functions

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsLayout Idea #1: A Work Space + Sneaky Storage

This L-shaped studio apartment layout idea #1 is all about making your apartment feel spacious and functional by storing your things in sneaky places and creating a separate workspace. This is a great option for those who want an uncluttered place to live and work in.

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Here’s why this L-shaped studio apartment layout idea works.

Sneaky Storage Tricks

Our bed features hidden storage that doesn’t take up any extra square footage. Tuck away off-season clothes and extra linens where they won’t create clutter.

A bookcase adds vertical storage that takes up less floor space. This provides a lot of extra area to tuck away clutter like electronics, art supplies, etc. and also to display books, pictures and other decor items.

The wall shelves above the kitchen table add more functional storage without interfering with floor space.

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsOptical Illusions

White is an excellent color small spaces because it is visually light and makes the room feel airy and open.

Mirrors are another great small space hack. This large floor mirror visually opens up the room – and provides a perfect spot for getting dressed!

Space Saving Tricks

A pendant hanging over the bed adds light without encroaching on floor space and frees up surface on the nightstand for extra books, electronics, or midnight snacks.

Make room for a queen bed by skipping the second nightstand.

The backless stools fit flush under the kitchen table so they take up less valuable floor space. Pull them out when you need them, and tuck them away when you don’t!

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsDouble-Duty Furnishings

The desk functions as a great work space, but can also double as a vanity with the addition of a hanging mirror.

The desk has two hidden storage drawers to make space for office supplies while leaving the surface uncluttered.

The kitchen table in the back nook turns the dead end space into functional seating. It can also be a great way to combat a lack of kitchen prep area, as it can double as more counter space.

This Layout is Great if You…

  • Need a desk at home for work-work or creative-work.
  • Hate clutter and love being able to tuck away all the mess.
  • Want an apartment with clearly defined areas for sleeping, working and dining.
  • Live alone or don’t need much privacy at home.

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsLayout Idea #2 – TV Viewing + Space to Entertain

Layout idea #2 is perfect for the person who likes having guests over. Fear small-space hosting no more! This setup allows for entertainment areas in both the kitchen and the living room. It’s a great way to maximize space in the studio to prepare food and drinks and offer guests adequate seating.

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Here’s why this L-shaped studio apartment layout idea works.

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsStorage Hacks

The full bed makes room for 2 nightstands to provide extra bedroom storage.

Fill the empty nook at the back of the kitchen with 2 tall bookcases for extra storage / decor space. Like layout #1, vertical storage is a smart use of studio space because it takes up little floor space.

We picked a dresser that also functions as a TV stand. Double-duty furniture is the way to go in small spaces!

Baskets are great for stashable storage – instantly declutter by tucking away odds and ends.

Easy Entertaining

Poufs at end of bed are easy seats for guests. Move them around the room as needed.

Kitchen table can double as a place to prep/serve food/drinks – easily move it to the living room for extra surface area.

Stools can also easily be moved for extra seating in front of the TV.

L-shaped studio apartment layoutsSpace-Saving Hacks

Wall sconce above bed saves floor/table space and works as a flexible lighting source. Just swivel it into place where you want it!

Mid-Century details like the furniture with tall legs/open bases are great for small spaces. This style doesn’t add visual clutter and helps the room feel more open even when it’s full of furniture.

This Is Great If You…

  • Love having guests over to your space.
  • Want your own kitchen table but also extra counter/serving space as needed.
  • Hate a messy house — you can tuck all the clutter into baskets and drawers.
  • Love to kick your feet up and watch Netflix before bed.

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