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Room Therapy: Any Suggestions For My New Studio?

Dear CasaSugar,

My application for my new apartment was approved, a down payment made, and now the apartment is officially all mine. I'm so excited, and can't wait to move in. My biggest concern was finding an affordable studio with as much space as the one I currently live in, and after much searching I found it. There is a large main room, which is the bedroom and living area. The kitchen is in a separate space, as well as the walk-in closet area, and the bathroom. I'd love it if other CasaSugar readers could offer me suggestions on maximizing the space, window treatments, and decor for my apartment.



To leave a suggestion for Tiara, and to hear my advice,


Hi Tiaramh,

Congrats on the new apartment! It's always exciting when you find the perfect spot, and I'm sure your cute pooch Coco is going to love your pad as well. My suggestion is to check out my posts on studios. There, you'll find petite furniture suggestions, featured projects and ideas from other studio dwellers, and smart ways to maximize your space.

Anyone else have suggestions for Taramh?

Congrats on your new flat!


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tiaramh tiaramh 8 years
Hey! This was a surprise.... I had no idea Casa decided to feature me. Thanks Casa! and Thanks to everyone else for your suggestions.... I'll be sure to keep you all posted.
pioneers pioneers 8 years
One of my absolute favorite accents for studios is using a really nice piece of fabric as a room separator. You can buy super expensive hanging panel separators, but they're so easy to make.
Jenkies Jenkies 8 years
If you hang curtains, hang them so that they are all the way to the ceiling. It will make the room seem larger. And purchase things that have more than one function, such as an foot rest doubling as storage. Have fun in your new digs!!!
nancita nancita 8 years
Sounds like you found a great studio! I have lived in one myself, and I highly recommend trying to stow your dresser in the closet if there's room, or put your desk in there and let it double as an office. Also, over the door storage is a godsend. And keep your bed made; otherwise it looks messy. :)
melinda19 melinda19 8 years
J.c.penney's has affordable wood blinds that would match your wood floor. They are available in all sizes and a few wood color choices. I have them on almost every window in my home. They allow privacy and darken the room when down.I have some fabric window treatments with the blinds and the others I don't. I installed them myself. They add great texture to my rooms.
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
congratulations! always has great small space suggestions!
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
Congrats! I lived in a studio in NYC for awhile with my husband, so my pointers are: 1. Casters are your best friend. If you put your stuff on wheels with locks it makes it so easy to re-configure your room if you have guests. 2. Murphy bed it! You have such a great space for that. You could put it on the wall with the fuse box, but make sure your fusebox is still accessible. 3. For your layout, I'd go with a couch along the wall with windows, and a chair in the corner or to the left. You could then use a book case about 2" or so tall as a sort of room divider (Ikea!). You could put your tv on a lazy susan on top of that, so that you can swing it around to watch from the bed or in your living space. 4. That windowsill in the kitchen is begging to be made into a table for 2. Since you own, you could build in a bar right below the windows. Get stools that are short enough to hide under the counter when not in use. It'll also give you some extra workspace in the kitchen, which cannot be underestimated. If you don't want to do the murphy bed thing, you could always get a loft bed and have a living space under that. Vertical space is key in studios. Congrats, it's a great studio space! I've got about 1,000 ideas for you. :-)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
There's a great store called More Space Place that has lots of solutions for small living spaces!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
This site may help:
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Congrats! I'm clueless on a studio but I wish you well.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Oh. I forgot! Congrats on the new place. I know how hard it is to find the perfect place!
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Area rugs are great way to add color. Especially since you have those beautiful hardwood floors.
ella1978 ella1978 8 years
Ohe thing I always loved, and if I had a studio, I would have invested in... Ikea has these storage units for clothing (all different sizes and components racks for hanging, drawers, dressers, shoe holders) that would act as a fabulous room divider and give you lots of extra space. Always thought it was really cool. Don't stack them to the ceiling, just tall enough to give privacy, and the room won't feel completely segmented. Congrats on your new place.
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