Screen and Mirror Tips

Screens and mirrors are useful mechanisms to define areas and “expand “space in a small studio apartment.

This ornate screen gives more intimacy to the dining area -Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 38b

This ornate screen gives more intimacy to the dining area

The back of the screen also serves as an excellent wall for framed trinkets - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 38a

The back of the screen also serves as an excellent wall for framed trinkets

The simple act of unfolding a screen lends a sense of order in a tiny studio, and gives greater intimacy to a dining area.  They also serve many practical such as concealing clutter. But more than this Houdini-esque capabilities, they are also extremely useful for creating drama to small/studio apartments.

Putting mirrors in the dining area gives an illusion of space - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 39a

Putting mirrors in the dining area gives an illusion of space

Mirrors extend and open up spaces. In this photo of the dining area, objects put just in front of the mirror increases the impression of a space “beyond” it.

4 Best Tips in Maximizing Mirrors and Screens

  1. While walls of mirror are excellent tools to expand space, use them with caution. Nothing more uncomfortable than continuously catching sight of yourself, so avoid sitting people directly in front of mirrors. Prevent strange multiple reflections by not covering one wall and the one opposite it with mirrors. You don’t want to double the space in a room by making it look like a Mirror Maze.
  2. At times, you can remove or replace built-in closet doors with sliding mirrored panels.
  3. A trick to instantly conjure up a dressing room, workspace or dining area is by placing a folding screen. It will perfectly hide your bed during the day, and replace blinds or draperies at night.
  4. Why buy when you can easily make your own screen? Purchase medium-density fiberboard from hardware stores, and join all the panels with screen hinges. You can personalize it with fabric, paint or paper available from most craft stores.

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