In studio apartments, you essentially need to figure out how to fit distinct “rooms” into one open space. We will address how to divide up the floorplan into a:
- Living Room
- Office/Work Area
- Dining Room
Generally, you should prioritize arranging your furniture in your studio apartment layout in order of how much time you will spend in each “section,” and then moving from the larger items to smaller items that must fit inside. If you have another function that your apartment must serve from the above list (exercise area, kid’s room, guest bedroom, etc) then you will need to prioritize each section.
Arranging the bed
For almost everyone, your bedroom is going to come first.
If at all possible, you want the bed to be diagonally from the front entrance and against the opposite wall, illustrated below. This arrangement is called the “command position” in feng shui, and essentially what it means is that the ideal position is with your back against a wall, with a clear view of the entry door, and with the maximum distance to have time to react if intruders entered. In other words, where you’re sleeping is also where you should feel most secure.
Arranging your next priority room functions: desk and seating area
Once you have the bed positioned, for most people, fitting in the couch/seating area and then your desk/working area (or vice-versa, depending on how much time you use each area) comes next. If your studio apartment layout is similar to the sample floorplan below, I personally would consider the figure on the left slightly preferable to the one on the right because of its greater distance from the bathroom door. Either one is fine, however.
Notice that in either position, the back of the seating area would face the wall, giving someone seated a greater sense of security and comfort.
The desk area can be tricky to fit in, because it’s instinctive to maximize open floor space in the middle of the studio and push the desk against the wall. However, the leaves your back “exposed”, which is not ideal. It may be impossible to fit your desk in any other way, but if it’s at all possible, you will feel much more comfortable working at your desk if you can have your back to a wall or corner of your apartment.
Arranging the lowest priority furniture
Unless you spend an unusual amount of time at the dining table or another area in your apartment, this lowest-priority area (which is usually the eating area) should be fit in last, and take the least preferable position, closest to the front door.
Below is one example of a basic but effective studio apartment furniture layout:
Making room for storage and organization in your studio floorplan
Once the basic pieces have been arranged in the studio, you need to consider storage. Modular pieces that can be re-arranged to fit into different sized spaces, are ideal. IKEA, Container Store, Target and Walmart have many inexpensive storage options that are also reasonably attractive. If you don’t want your storage easily visible, you might want to read our article on hidden storage ideas.
How to create separate “rooms” in open studio floorplans
Most studio layouts can be enhanced by visually delineating the distinct areas of your apartment or condo. There are countless ways to divide the space visually, but here are some of the most popular methods.
- Tall potted plants
- Area rugs covering one whole “room”
- Room divider screens
For more ideas on dividing rooms, click here for our article on room separating ideas.
You don’t have to memorize the furniture floorplans above; just remember these simple rules
- Diagonal from the front entrance and as far away as possible is the ideal location
- Always have your back to a wall if possible
- Once your major studio furniture pieces are in, work in all the storage you need: stack-able and narrow pieces are best
- Divide the different “rooms” visually, which doesn’t necessarily mean you need to squeeze in more furniture: take inspiration from some of our suggestions above.