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Studio Apartment: How To Define Your Bedroom Space

First, a studio apartment doesn't have to look like a one room living space.  You don't have to open your entry door only to see a bedroom.  There are attractive and stylish decorating solutions to help define the bedroom space--by using dividers:

  • Draperies,  bookcases and free standing screens/wall dividers

Drapery Dividers 

  • Uses  very little horizontal space
  • Mounting from the ceiling requires special installation, most likely a professional help 
  • A ceiling mount emphasis the vertical height of the room and gives it a more expansive look and feel
  • Softens the visual appearance of the room
  • Infinite fabric selections for color, pattern and texture, as well as attractive accenting hardware

From House Beautiful, the image above is included in an article A Petite Apartment Doesn't Stop This Designer From Living Large. The studio is 525 square feet.  Yet, it feels larger, is elegantly designed and provides bedroom privacy.  Draw draperies are floor length and mounted from the ceiling.  The draperies also offers a kind of "wall" where the sofa rests in from of it.  Above the sofa hangs a large piece of art that is also mounted from the ceiling.  

Sheer and semi-sheer draperies give an openness to a studio apartment while still providing some privacy.  Indeed, it softens the overall visual appeal, as well as an almost dream-like, ethereal feel.  

Behind this semi-sheer drapery room divider peeks a colorful wall with a dramatic focal point:  a beautiful textile art  that brings all of the colors in the room together in one piece.  Again, note that the drapery is mounted to the ceiling which adds vertical height and visual appeal.  The decor has a bohemian feel to it, invites relaxation and lots of comforting interests.  In short, any decor style you choose accommodates using draperies to define your studio apartment bedroom.

Bookcases as a solution to defining your bedroom space

  • Requires a little more space but provides lots of storage
  • Cost can run about the same as custom made draperies 
  • Doesn't require wall installation 
  • Can often be purchased in modules, making it flexible to current and future spaces
  • Can be easily relocated in the room 

The openness of the above bookcase allows light to flow through into the room beyond the bedroom.  As stated above, the bookcase offers additional storage space.  This one has  a unique interesting feature:  the extension of a dining  table.  It also gives great space for a collection of art pieces that can be enjoyed from both rooms.  

Screen And Wall Dividers

  • Some screen designs may need a bit more space
  • White it can offer privacy, its location may reduce natural light throughout the room
  • Adds color and texture to a room
  • Add the perception of a wall
  • Can also be used as a great decor element to create an entryway to an open room

This curved screen divider may be one of my most favored:

And finally, 

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How You Can Create A Design To Define Your Studio Apartment Bedroom Space

Don't let these polished designer style images discourage you from making your studio apartment the very best place to live comfortably and stylishly.  It's your home where you can escape or just re-energize yourself. 

Use an interior decorator or DIY.  If you choose this latter, you can easily create a floor plan and shop--even online for furniture and accessories.  The nice thing is that it won't cost you until you've made a final decision.  So get some dinner or snacks, a glass of wine.  Work together with a significant other or you may want to invite a friend or two and make it a fun evening using one of these free planners and shoppers:

  • Polyvore.com - You'll need to open a free  account.  There is a little learning curve.  But you can create a mood board.  Search for a studio floor plan similar to yours.  Then search through products you would like to get.  You can even click through to the retailer and purchase online.  See below for an illustrated mood board.    
  • Pottery Barn Room Planner.  Easily design your floor plan space and then shop from the Pottery Barn furniture and accessory inventory.
  • Ikea Home Planner.  Similar to Pottery Barn -- draft a floor plan and shop
  • Home Styler.com - can create a floor plan but will need to find furniture and decor items elsewhere 

What's a mood board?  It's like telling a story that illustrates what furnishings and accessories you may like in your decorating plan.  As you see below, you select items that go well together.  If you don't like something, you can change it out.  If you don't the plan, you just scrap it.  It saves you the cost and time of purchasing items that don't work in you setting.  Here's an example mood board created in Polyvore:

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Do you have a studio apartment or know of someone who does?  
Thinking how it can be designed better with a clear definition for the sleeping "zone"?  
I'd love to know.  Share your thoughts, please!  

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