12 Ingenious Studio Apartment Ideas That Make 400 Square Feet Feel Like A Palace

Yes, a studio can actually be soothing.

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Leanne Ford Interiors

Living in a studio apartment means you're faced with a singular task: Transform one room into a bedroom, kitchen, office, living room, and possibly more. And do so without adding too much clutter or the eye (and the resident) will go nuts. The 12 studio apartment ideas and tips below will not only make it easier to live in one room, but also stylish. Find inspiration in the examples below and get ready to turn your teeny tiny abode into a palace.

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Be Resourceful

Use a partial room divider to have some privacy when changing, and opt for a slim sofa for extra seating when guests come over.

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Think About the Room in Terms of Zones

A bench at the end of the bed signals a new conversation area, keeping your sleeping area separate from the hangout zone.

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PHOTO: Tessa Neustadt; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Use One Paint Color

So you need to transform a big white box into something suitable to live in? Here's your blueprint. Different flooring in the sitting reinforces the idea that the area has "rooms," too. If you don't want to redo your floors, just add an area rug.

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PHOTO: Max Kim Bee; DESIGN: Leanne Ford Interiors
Choose Curtains Over Doors

Installing a sliding door would take up precious space, so in its place, hang a curtain to create privacy around the bed. A more diaphanous fabric means light can still stream through and doesn't weight down the room.

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Amber Interiors
Tuck The Bed Away From The Door

Establish the nook inside the front door as its own entryway with a sitting area. Then shove your bed as far away from the door as possible. Also, sconces by the bed free up space on the surfaces of the bedside tables.

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Use Smart Storage

Open shelving is also a great way to use your vertical space.

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Use All Available Space

Create room for storage under the bed by putting your mattress on top of a custom storage unit, or have it sit on a set of simple risers to create space for storage underneath. A bed skirt keeps the storage out of sight, or you could roll with an industrial look like this one.

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Leanne Ford Interiors
Edit The Space Down To Basics

A well-edited area gives you room to breathe. With a neutral color scheme, this space is anything but cluttered.

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Create Cohesion

Using the same black paint throughout the space makes it feel cohesive and put-together. The pops of blue makes the sleeping area feel distinct.

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Pick Low Furniture

If your studio has super low ceilings, you can still include a seating area for yourself and guests to use. Just opt for lower furniture and have fun with color.

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Create Optical Illusions With Your Curtains

Curtains hung well above the window impart airiness and height. A big mirror can also help brighten up the space and make it feel bigger.

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Pick Furnishings That Do More Than One Thing

Furnishing that serve double duty are a big life-saver in studio apartments. This corner nook is a great place to hang out when you have a guest, but you can also use it when working from home or as a dining table.

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