Living in a single room
or a one room apartment or a small studio apartment is
quite challenging and living comfortably in one means
that you must know the tricks how to make a small
space feel more spacious and airy and combine
efficiency, comfort, function, beauty and style in
your home décor along with making place for all your
activities in limited space including sleeping,
dining, working, studying and entertaining friends.
Here are some sure-shot ideas that can make your life
easier and make you feel less cluttered and more
organized in your stylish apartment:
Buy multipurpose furniture with storage
A curtain shower and a bathtub can turn an
area into bathing space. Open the curtain and cover the
bathtub with a heavy stone lid and you have your kitchen
counter ready for keeping utensils, chopping, cutting and
dicing vegetables. After cooking, clean the counter and serve
food on it and add chairs near it (till now stacked in the
corner) and your dining area is ready.
The three keys to live king-size in a single
room is hiding (tidbits, blankets, cosmetics in baskets that
can be kept under the bed, trunks, chests, furniture with
storage, corner shelves, sliding shelves and laundry bags),
elevating (shelves, wall-mounted lamps, televisions to make
better use of vertical space) and stacking (keeping chairs,
utensils, clothes and towels one on top of the other).
Five things to keep in mind while living in
one room are:
Organization is must and avoid clutter that
brings with it the feeling of chaos.
Keep your place serene, calm and your décor
subdues, muted and quiet to make the space feel larger and
If possible, leave one of the walls
completely blank without any elements added to it including
shelves, wall mounted fixtures and artwork to make the space
Instead of screens to divide the space, use
room dividers with shelves that can be used to keep things and
yet allow you to see through them so that you don't feel
Half-height and low book cases, filing
cabinets with wheels; slider doors and low furniture line are
an asset for one room living.
Velvet fabric hung from ceiling height down
to the floor makes an interesting background and can hide
dirty clothes and utensils too.
Venetian blinds on windows look cleaner and
make the room appear more airy.
Chair that can pushed in the table, furniture
with wheels or that can be folded away when not in use, sofas
that can become a bed while sleeping, Loft beds with home
office working station underneath with built-in closets,
cabinets and drawers are all some of the pieces that make even
a single room look like a mansion.
Lightweight small tables and club chairs that
can be put together to make a larger table and sofa or can be
separated, a narrow bed that can serve as a couch when pillows
and cushions are added to it are pieces to invest in along
with tables and beds with hinges.
Flexible and layered lighting making use of
ceiling lights, halogen spotlights and dim and soft
incandescent lights are helpful for mood lighting and control
light according to the activity you are performing at the
Use mirrors and sparkling surfaces to reflect