Published on May 22, 2019

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Tiny studio apartments tend to have a bad reputation. Personalizing a cramped space where the bedroom, dining room, and kitchen all coexist is no easy feat. When it comes to decorating your small space, we’re big fans of furniture that comes with multiple points of functionality, clever storage solutions, and a design-forward element to boot. Ahead, you’ll find the designer-approved tips and tricks for making the most of your tiny studio apartment bedroom.

Go light and airy

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Establishing a minimalist aesthetic is a foolproof way to guarantee a sense of a larger room, regardless of your existing square footage. Understated elements such as whitewashed bedding or neutral wall paint can speak volumes.

Avoid overly large accessories

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Get creative with lighting. Ditch oversize table lamps in favor of a wall-mounted alternative that doesn’t take up valuable real estate.

Store wisely

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A floor-to-ceiling storage system not only provides ample room for all your gear, but it also makes practical use of otherwise unused wall space.

Think vertically

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When one dresser just won’t do and you don’t have the room for an extra-long one, consider stacking two on top of each other to maximize storage without having to compromise on floor space. Just be sure to secure them to the wall so that they don’t topple over.

Go with double-duty

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Utilize extra storage units that feature dual (or more!) points of functionality. Case in point? A desk that functions as a nightstand, vanity, and compact dresser.

Decorate with loud color

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Clutter has no place in a small apartment. Stick to a modest lineup of furniture and use a bright splash of color to infuse an unexpected dose of personality to the room.

Ditch the headboard

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The clunky ones often tend to take up precious inches. Instead, opt for a gallery wall or a floating shelf outfitted with colorful accents to deck the empty space above the bed.

Embrace over-the-door storage

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It doesn’t have to necessitate an unsightly jumble of clutter. Use it as an opportunity to create a style-focused moment, care of an edit of colorful bags, hats, and accessories.

Invest in a large mirror

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A mirror stacked against the wall or mounted above the fireplace mantel is perfect for visually expanding the spatial parameters of a tiny bedroom.

Put stuff on display

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Make clever use of every available square inch—windowsills can be used as shelving and as a home base for all your plants.

Get a functional room divider

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A freestanding bookshelf stacked with curated titles and decorative accessories not only sets the bed apart from the living room, but it also invites an additional layer of style to this NYC studio.

Add a landing pad

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A rug under or in front of the bed is handy for designating the sleep area in an open layout format. It adds a defining textural layer to the room and sets the space apart from the remaining zones.

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