The Lazy Girl’s Guide to Studio Living

Every studio dweller knows that our tiny digs must do it all without room to spare. While we dream of grand homes, extra counter space, and maybe even a patio, there’s something cozy about studio living. Although it seems challenging, decorating a studio can be rather simple (and practically free) to pull off. Considered the lazy girl’s guide to studio living, the five tips below are pretty much everything you need to know about living big with a small space and budget.

Source: Hong Photography Studio via Style Me Pretty

Rearrange . . . Again and Again: The key to living in a studio is maximizing the little space you have. Although your current setup may be working fine, there could be a better layout you have yet to discover. Studio dweller and interior designer Kelsi Vande Velden suggests sketching possible room arrangements before moving your furniture around. Creating a new floor plan will help you better identify the “dead spaces” and may help you view old pieces in a new way.

Toss, Organize, Repeat: Since studios are small, you have less flexibility when it comes to storage. Make organizing a priority. Donate anything that you no longer need, and be sure everything has a place (and remains in that place!). If you don’t have a lot of closet space, keep clothing under your bed or on a wardrobe rack and turn your storage into decor. A little artful rearranging is all it takes to make anything go from cluttered to curated.

Lighten Up: To prevent your apartment from feeling like a cave, ample light is important. For starters, ditch the heavy fabric and plastic verticals for curtains with lighter fabrics and colors. You’ll be amazed how much larger a room will appear when there’s more natural light. Also, a few stylish lamps will help the space feel bigger and set the ambience if recessed lighting isn’t an option.

Do Double Duty: Make sure that all of your main pieces serve multiple purposes. For example, a console table can double as a desk, a dining table, and a vanity. The same goes for seating. Poufs can be used as ottomans and stools can be used as both a side table and an extra seat for guests.

Think Vertical: Since you don’t have the space to move out, go up! Whether it be shelving or art, take advantage of open wall space. Showcase your pictures with a gallery wall and embrace open shelving — an affordable 2014 trend!

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Story originally by POPSUGAR Home.

  • I live in 500 sq ft of space and I agree with all of the suggestions. One to add: get rid of dingy wallpaper/paint. I’m currently removing 80s wallpaper from my kitchen and bathroom to make the spaces feel larger. Every bit helps!

  • Love this guide! I think fantastic for a studio but also great tips for any space.

    Catherine | the latest on

  • Abbie –

    Great tips to keep in mind! My boyfriend and I just moved into a luxurious (feels that way to us) 557 sq ft studio apartment. We love the feel of not having any wasted space and also love the creative challenge of decorating a small space for two. 🙂

  • Love this! 500 sq ft is a totally doable challenge! What has helped me the most is taking my time to pick the perfect pieces, there’s no room for things you don’t absolutely love in this amount of space!

  • lwh13

    Love the thought of constant cleansing of things no longer needed. Big spaces definitely mean more space for old things/hoarding.

    Warm Regards,

  • Dee

    I enjoyed this article. It applies to some of my clients so I will be sharing it. Thank you!

  • This website ( helps you plan out your space and is an absolute gem of a tool. I’ve used to plan out 3 different apartments I’ve lived in and it has been my secret weapon to making the most of my small spaces. Definitely recommend checking it out!

    Jen Hacker| The Single Diaries

  • Maddie

    I was wondering-where is that moroccan poof from? I would love to buy something similar for my studio!