How To Decorate & Layout A Studio Apartment For 2022

Updated October 15, 2021
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Your apartment is the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style. You can use color, furniture placement, and décor to make it feel like home. The first step in decorating a studio apartment is choosing designs that will reflect your personality and a layout that makes the space as functional as possible. Today we’ll share some great tips on how to design and layout your small studio space into the perfect home just for you.

Since 2020, our homes have become our safe haven: spending more time in our homes and apartments than ever before. This meant making space for desks, lounging areas, and separating workspace from hangout space. It also meant ensuring your space was functional, organized, and clutter-free. As we enter into a new year with these things in mind, there are some super creative ways to design and decorate your studio apartment to get the most out of that small space.

The Best Layouts for a Studio Apartment

As you start brainstorming how to decorate your studio apartment, it’s essential to think about how you’ll be using the space. For example, will multiple people be living in this space? What kinds of things will they want or need access to throughout their day? After answering these questions and more, you can begin thinking about how best to layout your small studio for maximum efficiency.

When creating a layout for a studio apartment, designers lean towards three main layouts:

  • U-shaped (most efficient)
  • L-shaped (sleeping/work area separate from lounging areas)
  • One large room that serves all purposes with no distinct separation between each area.

No matter which layout is suitable for you, try not to overcrowd the rooms by adding too many pieces of furniture. It’s better to have a smaller space with fewer items in it than an overcrowded room filled with unnecessary things that will only shrink your space. Also, consider where the windows are and how you would want to incorporate those into your layout design.

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For example, if your sleeping area will be just for that (sleeping), do you need to place your bed next to the window? You might instead prefer having more sunlight at your desk as you work from home throughout the day. Think through the utilities of your space carefully before laying everything out.

Laying Out Furniture for the Best Studio Apartment Layout

Now that you’ve chosen how your studio will be designed, you’ll need to think about how all the different elements will fit into place!

Here are just a few ideas on how best to utilize your small space when designing and laying out your apartment layout:

  • Place desks or tables near windows so people can enjoy natural light while they’re working.
  • Add plenty of shelving, going up vertically to utilize high ceilings and wall space. You can both display your favorite decor items but also keep clutter in check with storage bins or boxes.
  • Placing a bed in the corner of the room can ensure you open up space for the rest of the area.
  • On the other hand, you can center your bed in the space and utilize it for watching TV or other entertainment—using it as the main seating area with a bench or small sofa at the foot of the bed. You can also add plenty of pillows and floor pillows for people to sit around comfortably.

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Design and Decor That is Both Fun and Functional

The key to making your tiny studio apartment as functional as possible is ensuring your decor and furniture are also functional. Here are some great examples of how you can incorporate multi-functional pieces into your space.

Use a Futon or Daybed Instead of a Bed

Beds and couches take up a ton of room, and when the average size of a studio is just 400 square feet, you need all the space you can get. Even murphy beds simply fold up into what looks like a storage cabinet or credenza when they are not in use. This can be incredibly nice if you entertain a lot or just want to have extra space for working, dining, or working out in your apartment. Try any of the designs below to ensure you get the most out of your sleeping and living space.

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Hidden Storage Compartments

With little room to store things, you need to get a little creative with your home storage compartments. Here are some creative ways to add storage into your studio without adding more stuff.

Nested coffee tables can hide a lot of your everyday clutter like the remotes, books you’re reading, the mail, or candles, and other small items or decor you like to have but don’t need out all the time.

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A shelf-lamp combination piece is highly functional because it provides shelving and lighting in one. Plus, it utilizes that vertical space to make your ceiling seem taller and the space larger. In addition, some storage lamps come with doors, or others are open—both with equally useful space to keep decor, books, and other things you need to tuck away.

Small bathroom storage units are a great way to store things and keep clutter down in the bathroom. However, some studios may or may not have adequate storage for your towels, medicine, or other things you usually keep in the bathroom. Luckily, over-the-toilet storage can help, or narrow bathroom cabinets that can fit in the small space between the toilet and the wall. These are the ultimate storage unit because they take up so little room but have tons of hidden storage inside.

To save floor space, try corner shelving units that can sit in a highly underutilized space in the corner of the room. They work as efficiently as any other bookshelf but take up less valuable space in your studio.

Room Dividers

Room dividers are a great way to incorporate cool design elements that also function as something else. Room dividers can be accordion-style, like a changing room, or you could use a ceiling-hung curtain or even a box storage unit. These are a great option if you really want to separate your rooms into their own areas without walls. Plus, it gives a little more privacy if you so desire.


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As you can see, some of the best places to shop for these items are Wayfair, IKEA, and Amazon. Your options are virtually endless, but these shops have made it easy to find unique, functional items to curate the perfect studio space you want. IKEA, in particular, has built itself around designs fit for small spaces, which are pretty common in Swedish design. It’s the perfect spot to find what you need to decorate and layout your studio apartment in 2022.

If you’re in the market for a new studio apartment where you can make these ideas come to fruition, make sure to check out the available units at and schedule a showing to check them out! We can’t wait to help you find your new home.

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