Do you live in a studio apartment and are looking for ideas to organize and decorate a bed in your studio apartment? Thankfully, styling a bed in a studio apartment isn't as hard as it looks!
Let's admit it. Everyone’s first apartment is likely to be a studio unit. In a studio apartment where all your furniture is in one space and you have to divide it into sections so that all home functions can happen in that single space.
It may also be that you have minimal space that does not allow you to have a guest room in your home. You may need to fit a bed or sleeping area for when your guests sleep over or stay over a couple more days than earlier planned.
We believe that having a small space is not an excuse for a blah-and-boring space. It's true that it can be challenging and sometimes furniture and décor options disposable to you may be limited.
But what if I told you that there are ways to make such an arrangement work and still look striking?
Before sharing tips and ideas to add a bed in your studio apartment effortlessly, here is the main tip to keep in mind before decorating your studio apartment:
Zone Your Space
Whatever size or shape your studio room is, planning what goes where will ensure that it works for everyone who lives there – and the lifestyles they lead.
The easiest way to organize a studio apartment is to actually zone it distinctively. Look at your home as a whole so you can be able to see it all clearly.
Section the space in your studio apartment, defining the purpose of each section. This is made possible by defining the activities you will use each section for. For instance, cooking, dining, sleeping, socializing, working from home, or guests staying over, etc.
When dividing your studio apartment, it is important to prioritize what you want to achieve from your home. For instance, if you work/study from home, then make sure you have a proper desk area, as compared to having a larger kitchen area.
This doesn’t mean that you have to cut back in other areas of your already small home, but it’s all about what you value most in your studio apartment and make that your priority.
Also, think about what you need to store, and have access to – and work out what the ideal place in the house for each thing is. You will want to store items closest to where you need them so that they are not hard to get to or to put back.
Pull off a multifunctional living space to avoid a chaotic space. The easiest way to create zones that make your studio apartment look nice and add a sense of order include:
a) Using Area Rugs
The difficulty with open plan spaces is that your furniture, like a ship at sea, might become lost. Rugs can be used to section and reinforce areas within a space.
By placing a rug on the floor, you're able to create an anchoring base thus, a quick way to zone off areas. This is a sure and inexpensive way to clearly show a division within the space and will encourage family and guests to treat the various parts of the room differently.
Remember to choose a good-quality rug that can withstand foot traffic within that space.
b) Furniture Groupings
Grouping your pieces of furniture will help define different spaces within your studio apartment. For instance, your dining set over a rug is a great way to create a dining area.
Also, a corner sofa is an effortless way to create a subtle divide between an open-plan kitchen and a living area. Its straight back will establish a clear divide between the different spaces, yet the corner element will maintain the area looking open and welcoming.
c) Using Room Dividers
Room dividers can be used to section off areas based on their function. You can separate rooms into parts based on function or provide privacy within the studio apartment's open floor plan with a simple screen, shelf, or curtain.
d) Use Lighting
A well-placed pendant light or a statement floor lamp can also draw the eye and send a clear and defined message that this is a space with purpose.
Statement lamps, in particular, may help define an area for a certain function while also effortlessly creating an ambiance and a feeling of coziness if you choose the proper size.
Now that you know how to zone your space within the studio apartment, below are priceless hacks on how to have your bed seamlessly incorporated into your studio apartment space:
1. Keep it Neat
Now that your bed is in the living room space, you don’t want to be seating in the living room while looking at clothes from laundry day still lying on the bed.
Keeping your space clean and neat is the first step to achieving beautiful and well-curated interiors. Keep away any items that do not cause splendor in your space.
Furniture arrangement is everything when it comes to open space format. Simply grouping together items that are required to be used together with others is what gives function to a particular section of space.
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2. Bring in a Sofa Bed
The idea of having multi-purpose furniture sounds cost-effective and space-saving.
A sofa bed offers you a sofa by day and a bed by night. During the day, dress up your seat with throw pillows and a throw blanket to blend into the living room space.
Also, have a storage plan to hold all the pillows you will not be using at night to free up space for sleeping. A basket by the side of the couch is enough and can make a statement in your living room. You can also use it to store a blanket and even sheets for night use.
Most sofa beds are built to offer maximum comfort as both a sleeping and sitting surface. That is enough reason to invest in one that will not be disappointing.
3. Spruce up the Bed
A bed in the studio apartment might seem to intrude on the living space. It will be noticeable to anyone walking into the room and it is important to make looking at it worthwhile. From the colors, you use to layering and pillow arrangement.
Any little thing added to the bed frame impacts the bed’s and room’s final appearance.
Styling the bed properly is important to make your space more appealing, and how you decide to decorate it should blend well with the rest of the space and not take over.
4. Camouflage the Bed
The bed and sofa or chairs will probably be your main furniture pieces.
Using the same colors for primary items in a room connects the room making having a bed in the living space more intentional hence enhancing visual continuity.
This way your bed in the living room will look well put together rather than looking like it was just fixed into the space. Neutral colors are more elegant to use for the monochromatic scheme.
Another idea is to use a sofa bed that doubles up as a bed and sofa so you won't have to put in a lot of effort in camouflaging it.
5. Ditch the Headboard
A headboard is not a necessity to having a beautiful bed or bedroom space. Moreover, it takes up space that can create extra space for movement or additional furniture or décor items.
Excluding the headboard will leave more room for decoration with pillows. There will also be more wall areas to get creative with.
6. Separate Bed Space from Living Room Space
The living room and bedroom are two completely different rooms in terms of function. Thus, there should be a way to distinguish where the living room ‘ends’ from where the bedroom space ‘starts’, some form of separator in between the two spaces.
So, how exactly do you separate the two spaces when they are literally in the same room? Here is how to:
You could use imaginary separators or actual room dividers. Imaginary separators make use of the existing furniture and other items already in the room.
Avoid using the living room rug as the bedside rug, and instead, use separate rugs for the two spaces so that each is a demarcation of each respective space. This ensures more organization and efficiency in the space.
Room dividers also close off one space from the other ensuring complete separation of the two spaces into somewhat rooms. The divider can be installed full floor-ceiling height, quarter way or halfway although the full length and three-quarter way are more elegant.
Choose lightweight dividers that can easily be installed and moved in case you need to rearrange your space. Its design will also have a great impact on the overall appearance of the room so it needs to be spectacular.
Try thin dividers which take up very little space.
Another good example is using bookshelves which make for such good room dividers.
7. Your Side Table is also your Bedside Table
When you have limited space, having multiple uses for a single item will help reduce the need for another piece. Your bedside table could also double up as your living room side table.
In this kind of arrangement, the bed and couch will be placed at 90 degrees with each other, the length of the bed perpendicular to the shorter side of the sofa and leaving space in between for the table.
Make use of one with compartments so that you have enough space for storage and décor pieces.
Decorate the top as you would a living room side table and the bottom/lower compartments as a bedside table.
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Living room and bedroom furniture can homogenously be arranged in the same space. Since it is one space, keep the style uniform and be intentional with the decoration.
Moreover, there is little privacy accorded to such a setup and therefore every single piece picked should be fitting and striking.
What are some of your decorating ideas for a bed within your studio apartment? How do you make it look nice?