Space Enlarging Tips & Tricks

We have learned a couple of tips in storing and managing clutter in the previous page. Here, we continue with ways of how to further enlarge a small apartment.

This studio layout shows how to cleverly hide a storage area - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 32a

This studio layout shows how to cleverly hide a storage area

Storage and sleeping areas are masterfully combined in this tiny city hideout. During the day, clotheslines, books baskets, and a foldaway are hidden behind a large Venetian. Doing so allows the dweller to tackle instantly with clutter whenever it gets out of hand, and allows the area free for other tasks.

Crisp bedroom area with clean lines - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 33a

Crisp bedroom area with clean lines

To effectively do the transformation, remember to keep furniture to a minimum. Also, choose, maple floors and plain walls to build a sense of calm.

Hiding in Illusion

Storage mechanisms in this hideaway storage area - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 32b

Venetian blinds in the storage matching with the bedroom

Muted backdrops are often preferable in small studio apartments. They have the ability to draw attention on decorative items and increase the sense of space. But even with all these tips, patterns and strong color are not forbidden. Just make sure that you use them with conviction throughout the space.

The window Venetian blinds covering the recesses matches perfectly the one in the sleeping area, which, in effect, subtly suggests that there may be space, rather than clutter behind it.

A mirror placed on the opposite wall is also a more conventional way of “enlarging” a room.

Lining up, Opening More

Open up the floor by lining items, especially bulky ones, against the wall - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 34a

Open up the floor by lining items, especially bulky ones, against the wall

There are instances when lining furniture up against the walls can give the look of doctor’s waiting room. However, there are cases that this method makes the best use of space. In this boxy studio apartment, all of the walls have been dominated by large pieces of furniture. These are the 10-seater dining table, sofa bed and cabinets.

Lightweight tubular dining area chairs gives this space an airy quality - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 35a

Lightweight tubular dining area chairs gives this space an airy quality, a rolling low table can also be moved easily

This rattan chair is a nice accent piece in the apartment's overall theme

This rattan chair is a nice accent piece in the apartment’s overall theme

For flexibility and lightness, opt for smaller items. The rattan armchair and low table can easily be put out of the way during bedtime. Kitchen mess during parties are cleverly hidden by a perforated metal screen.

Time for bedtime! Move the small table and open the sofa to a queen-sized bed - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 35c

Time for bed! Move the small table and open the sofa to a queen-sized bed

To give an ethereal quality to the space, you can paint the walls blue. Doing so will provide a subtle tint for white areas such as the ceiling and curtains. Moreover, the excellently contrast well with polished surfaces (e.g. the concrete floor and steel lockers) and the warm wood tones. The square lockers are handy for clothes storage.

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