Small Space Design Ideas for Your Austin Apartment
Small Space Design for Your Austin Apartment

A small apartment doesn’t have to feel crowded, even if you’re a clothes horse and think your clothing will never fit in the single closet provided to you in your cozy studio. Whether you’re in a tiny one-bedroom or a reasonably sized studio, you can use the following techniques to maximize the available space in your small home.

Create a Home Office in Virtually Any Small Space

If you’d like to work from home or start telecommuting a few days a week, a home office might give you the “official” workspace you need to feel like you’re actually working rather than just going to work in your pajamas. However, you don’t need to dedicate an entire room to your home office, and it’s pretty easy to snag a few inches of space in just about any room for your office.

BuzzFeed offers some excellent advice on how to create a desk for your micro-office:

“If your workspace only consists of a laptop, just use a bookshelf instead of taking up space with a desk.”

Not only will a bookcase give you some needed storage space above your head, but you can always purchase a bookcase and take out the lower shelves to create a place for your knees while you sit at your computer.

Create an Artificial Wall for Your Studio

Living in a studio is an excellent choice for students, anyone who doesn’t spend a lot of time in their apartment, and for those looking to save money on their accommodations. The only downside to living in a studio is that it doesn’t often come with true divisions for the bedroom and living areas.

Fortunately, it’s quite simple to create an artificial wall, use a curtain, or employ a room divider to give yourself a sense of personal space in your studio. It can feel a little weird to go to sleep in a room where you can see your refrigerator, but a simple, removable wall can take care of that. You can hang a curtain from a rod that’s attached to the ceiling, or simply use a large piece of plywood that you can balance between a few pieces of furniture or a desk.

You can even strategically place pieces of furniture to divide your room (or rooms, if you’re in a one-bedroom apartment in Austin). If you have a huge television (and many of us do even if we live in a small apartment space), you can place the television between your bed and the furniture (if you live in a studio) or between your dining table and your living room furniture (if you’re in a one-bedroom).

Get Creative With Storage

One of the best options you have for increasing the amount of usable space in your apartment is putting away the clutter and using smart storage. For example, a small apartment should never feature a coffee table without storage. You can use a low profile trunk as your coffee table and reap the benefits of storage underneath your magazines and decor.

It’s also important to look upward when getting additional storage out of your apartment. While many apartments do have ample storage, even if they’re a cozy studio, getting additional storage is never a bad thing. Make sure you utilize the top shelves of your cabinets, as well as any space that exists above those cabinets if they don’t reach the ceiling.

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