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14 Functional + Chic Studio Apartment Makeovers

November 25, 2014
Don't let the size of your studio apartment put you in a design crunch. Maximize your small space with these simple design tips.
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Photo: Matthew Williams. From: LABLstudio.

Small Studio With Big Style

Hand-painted pinstripes and removable wallpaper on one accent wall add instant style to this small studio on Manhattan's Upper West Side. A petite sofa comes alive with pillows that feature bold brushstrokes of magenta, and a feather Juju hangs above as a whimsical touch. A modern console table does triple duty as a vanity, workspace and dining table.

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Small Shotgun Style

Since this shotgun-style apartment is only eight feet wide and 375-square-feet total, it was important to keep a clear pathway throughout the center, creating somewhat of a galley-style home. To keep the apartment both functional and stylish, furniture was arranged along two opposite walls with nothing in the middle, balanced visually with proper scale and proportion.

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Photo: ClosetMaid

Smart Studio Storage

Closets are a great way to store clothing and other home essentials, but they can be a challenge in a small space. Removing closet doors is a great way to make a closet in a small space feel larger and give you easy access to the items inside. Drapes are a nice alternative for those who like an open closet but want the option to close things up when guests come over.

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Photo: Todd Davis. From: Todd Davis.

Sleek + Efficient Loft

The kitchen and living space in this 330-square-foot New York City studio apartment is kept spare to minimize visual clutter and maximize space. The floor-to-ceiling kitchen cabinetry provides storage, while a compact table does double time for dining and working. A sleek, compact kitchen doubles as the base for a lofted bed to add extra space.

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