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Best Multi-Purpose Design Hacks – When Two Rooms Are Actually One

multi-purpose space hacksIf you live in a small space or need to make one room serve multiple functions, sometimes you need to get clever with your design. That’s where a few multi-purpose design hacks come in! We’re all about utilizing some creative design solutions to create distinct areas within a room, making it feel like two spaces in one.

Carving out distinct areas can be tricky, but it’s important to help the flow of the room when you need one space to have multiple functions. Here are our best hacks for dividing a multi-purpose space.

multi-purpose studio1. Use an Open Bookcase as a Room Divider

We love to create distinct spaces in an open room by using a bookcase as a room divider. This is a perfect solution for a studio apartment, where breaking up living and sleeping spaces is a common conundrum.

Using an open bookcase as a divider creates visual distinction without making your space feel smaller or blocking much-needed natural light. Bookcases are more substantial and have more visual impact than curtains, but they also provides function. Because in a small space, storage is at a premium – so this gives you added shelving and a visually pleasing divider. A win-win solution!

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multi-purpose space hacks2. Separate Your Living and Dining Spaces with a Floating Sofa

An open concept design is wonderful for so many reasons. The flow from room to room, more natural light, great for entertaining… just to name a few! But when you live in an open concept house, you probably want some sense of definition between your spaces.

One way to do this is by using a floating sofa to diving your living and dining space. The back of your sofa acts like a wall to help visually “zone” the room and create separation. Just make sure when using a floating sofa that there’s enough room to walk behind it without bumping into walls or other furniture.

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open layout design3. Create Zones with Rugs

Another way to create zones within an open concept space is to utilize rugs. Rugs can help visually distinguish between a living room and dining room, an office and a living space, or even a bedroom and a living space in a studio. Each rug creates a zone that helps make each “room” feel distinct. Bonus: Rugs are also a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to your space!

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studio apartment design hacks4. Use One Piece of Furniture for Multiple Functions

In a small space like a studio, it’s important to find furniture that can serve multiple functions – in this case, using a dresser as a nightstand! For super small spaces, this is an easy way to create division between spaces.

In this room, the dresser breaks up the sleeping and living spaces, creating the sense of two rooms that are distinct. This also provides significantly more storage than a nightstand while cutting down on the pieces of furniture you need to fill your space.

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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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small living room layout with a TV

Make the Most out of Your Small Space: Ultimate TV Viewing Party Layout Guide

small living room layout with a TVWith game day and the Oscars just around the corner, you might be thinking about hosting a viewing party. A great viewing party (of any kind) requires a TV (duh), enough places to sit, a spread of delicious snacks, and great company. But what if you live in a small space? Finding a small living room layout with a TV can be a challenge.

So while you focus on fine-tuning your guest list and adorning your space with Pinterest-worthy decorations, we’re rounding up some of our favorite TV viewing layout hacks. No matter if your space is large or tiny, these small living room layout ideas will make sure space is red carpet-ready before your guests arrive.

Read on to learn how to create your ultimate TV viewing party layout.

small living room layout with a TV1. Maximize Seating

While “standing room only” might be great for a concert, ample seating is fundamental to any great TV viewing party. These tips will help you get the most booties in chairs without adding clutter.

Backless seating:

Benches and ottomans are great ways to add extra seating to your small space without over-stuffing it with bulky furniture.

  • Benches look great in a hallway or at the foot of your bed, and can easily be moved into the living room for extra seating when you need it.
  • You can also use two ottomans to make a bench. Break them up into two smaller seats when you need.

Create movie theater rows:

Just like group photos, place lower seats in the front and taller ones in the back. This will help ensure everyone has a great view of the TV.

  • Use bar stools to make a back row for your viewing party. Clear stools are especially great in small spaces, as they help reduce visual clutter.

small living room layout with a TV2. Maximize Surface Area

Now that you have seating aplenty, you’ll likely want some surfaces to go with it. Instead of buying more tables, repurpose what you already have.

Two coffee tables are better than one:

In small spaces, having the flexibility to move your furniture is important.

Try two smaller coffee tables in your space instead of one large one (or consider if you need a coffee table at all). Keep them together for daily use and separate them when you host to accommodate more people reaching for popcorn.

Pouf-perfect:

We love poufs because they are super versatile. Use them as a footrest or a stool, or even a side table. Ensure your pouf can go the extra mile, and look for one that’s substantial enough to support a tray with drinks and snacks.

Snack station:

A console table hidden behind your sofa is a sneaky way to add extra storage to a small space. But for special TV viewing occasions, try relocating your console table to an open wall. You can use it as an impromptu buffet table where guests can help themselves to snacks and drinks.

Open bar (cart):

Who doesn’t love a good bar cart? If you’re in the market, consider one on wheels which you can use as a mobile drink station. Easily wheel it out of the kitchen to serve drinks, and slide it away when you need the extra space.

small living room layout with a TV3. Final Tricks

A few finishing touches to make your small living room layout with a TV work for you.

Throw it on the floor:

Even your floor can be a nice seat if you add a little cushion. Floor pillows are a simple way to add seating and can be conveniently stashed away when you don’t need it.

Mirror-mirror:

Nothing like a large, reflective surface to make things look larger! Not great for your pores, but perfect for your living room.

Try hanging a large mirror above your sofa to help open up your room. Or embrace a more glam style with mirrored furniture, like a side or coffee table.

 

Need a hand finding the right small living room layout for you?

You don’t have to cram a bunch of furniture into your home only to find you rarely use it. Our layout guide is for both before and after the party, because the size of your home shouldn’t dictate your design choices.

Get the Look: A Modern Take on Mary Tyler Moore’s Studio Apartment

An Ode to Mary Tyler Moore and the Modern American Woman

Mary Tyler Moore, the ultimate lady hero, was an important and influential woman for a lot of people. At Modsy, we are a company founded and run by female leaders, and we would like to thank her for paving the way for us and other fierce females.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show was the first program to feature a single, independent, career-driven woman in a leading role. The show also marked one of the first instances that time prime-time TV turned an eye towards issues such as sex, birth control, and women in the workforce. Mary’s humorous, compassionate, and lively character offered a new depiction of the American Woman to her prime-time television viewers.

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To celebrate Mary Tyler Moore’s legacy and her memory, we designed a modern version of her studio apartment for our twenty-first century single (and career-driven) ladies. Like Mary’s, this apartment, also set in snowy Minneapolis, has an open floor plan that is divided into a living/dining and entertaining space, a small office area, and a bedroom.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

In the living room we selected a golden velvet sofa and the bold floral rug, inspired by Mary’s  studio apartment on the show. We ditched the coffee table in lieu of a small cocktail table that can be used for dining and entertaining – multi-purpose pieces are important for small-space living. The two mismatched side chairs create the sense that the space was designed in pieces with objects collected over time, as the apartments of many young adults are.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

For the bedroom we opted for a canopy bed to bring some drama to the space. Studio apartments mean that everything is on display – if people are going to see your bed, why not make it a statement?

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

Designed spaces communicate identity; our homes are not only the places where we live, but they embody elements of who we are. In the mid-twentieth century, apart from Mary Tyler Moore and her studio apartment, the only other depiction of women and their homes in the media was of the suburban housewife. By contrast, the alternative home-based identity for males was that of the single, heterosexual bachelor who lived in his trendy, urban penthouse.

Mary Tyler Moore Studio

Images of such “bachelor pads” were showcased in Playboy Magazine alongside centerfolds of naked women. These were dwellings created for the educated, tech-savvy, elite male with ample disposable income and sex appeal.

Mary Tyler Moore, by comparison, was also a single woman, living in an urban area, and focused on her career rather than finding a husband. Her home, as a trendy studio apartment communicates this, and she provides the female role model to her male, bachelor counterpart. Like the playboy bachelor pad, Mary’s home is open, designed for entertaining, and full of an eclectic mix of Mid-Century Modern and more traditional furnishings.

We love Mary Tyler Moore and are continuously inspired by her go-getter, boss lady attitude. Thank you Mary for being the incredible woman that you were, and for paving the way for the rest of us. Together we are going to make it after all.

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