L-Shaped Small Apartment

With the ways land and real-estate developers construct spaces for rent, it is becoming more common to find small L-shaped studio apartments. While a bit of a challenge, here we discuss ways to tackle this peculiar space head on.

In this photo, custom-built living, sleeping, dining and cooking areas figure neatly in this L-shaped room. A branch of the “L” floor plan has been horizontally divided into two with the use of a sleeping platform.

This L-shaped studio apartment has all the dining, sleeping and living areas covered - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 26a

This L-shaped studio apartment has all the dining, sleeping and living areas covered

However, it doesn’t look cramped at all because the eye is guided by the lines of the built-in storage running from the floor to the ceiling. The shelves beneath the sleeping area are used as display, and the cabinets above it keep the bedlinen and pillows out of the view. The minimal and neatly rolled futon is all that is left to see.

A platform can be supported on columns, suspended on brackets, or it can be cantilevered off the walls. More than structural, the veneered columns are decorative. One makes up part of the ladder going to the bed and helps to hide the hideous pillar; the other one is used as a coat closet and wine rack.

Addition chairs and accent lighting are hung on the wall as a neat storage hack. This leaves valuable floor space and table as clear as possible.

Kitchen in Your L-Shaped Apartment

A small kitchen area squeezing both a sink and a microwave oven - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 27b

A small kitchen area squeezing both a sink and a microwave oven

In the kitchen, toughened glass and steel framing have been put to make a multi-functional yet sculptural island unit — together with an ingenious sink and a microwave oven. It has the advantage of looking less conspicuous than traditional units.

But be careful, serious cooks should note that a low-level oven or a miniature sink can soon become annoying.

Living Area in your L-Shaped Apartment

This L-shaped space has a multi-purpose island unit - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 27a

This L-shaped space has a multi-purpose island unit

 

In direct contrast to the hard surfaces and dramatic shapes used elsewhere, the living area has a simple, restful feel. The whole area is slightly elevated, and comfy cushions are put against the walls to create casual and comfortable seating.

A background wash of blue light softened the all ­white scheme, produced by fittings kept hidden in the columns. To facilitate reading, a pool of clear light has been provided by a pendant lighting that similarly functions as a focal point.

Clutter often disrupts simply decorated apartment, so reading materials such as books are kept hidden, and dust-free, behind custom-made shutter-style cabinet doors.

Try Putting a Low Wall

A low wall as an effective room divider - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 28a

A low wall as an effective room divider

A low wall solves the problem of creating one room perform several, distinct functions. In the photo, renters of this studio apartment needed to create a space in the bathroom, which is occupying the area beyond the tinted glass door.

However, they were unwilling to move the existing wall, because of financial considerations and it would, most of all cut the full-length windows and the vaulted ceiling.

A sink hides behind the low wall, perfect for the morning rush - Studio Small Apartment Design Ideas 29a

A sink hides behind the low wall, perfect for the morning rush

The solution was to build a screen or low wall to divide part of the living room. It also functions to hide the towels and sink behind it. As a result, it has produced more space in the bathroom, and made the morning dash easier to manage. The lines of the ceiling and windows remain un-interreupted, and the seating space remains welcoming.

This novel addition was specifically put to allow movement around the bathroom door. It also follows the vibe of the built-in closets, which seamlessly integrates it into the existing floor layout of the space.

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