Hats off to you, studio apartment dwellers. You seemingly create storage out of thin air, hack every inch of your space and always have the rest of us saying, “Now, why didn’t I think of that?!” The 650-square-foot studio of PROjECT founder and designer Aimee Wertepny, however, changes the game. Her space is a great example of using a monochrome palette to make a small apartment shine. Even better though, she is on to a clever trick to make it even roomier.
Wertepny has used her bed to divide the studio into two areas. By using her bed and sofa, back to back, to create a wall, she’s essentially turned her studio into a one-bedroom apartment.
To achieve the look in your own home, start by ditching your headboard. It’s taking up space, and you just don’t need it. The back of your sofa will act as your headboard with this layout. Then, place your bed and sofa near the center of your studio with the head of your bed up against the back of your sofa.
There are other ways to visually divide an open-layout and creating a distinct area for sleeping (or working or hanging out). If you have any artwork, feel free to hang it from the ceiling between two areas. Aimee used a macrame banner, but you can use any piece of art, really. This will further create the illusion of a dividing wall.
Other options? If you have a loft-like space with vaulted ceilings, try using an armoire to conceal the bed (turning the bed away from the rest of the room). Something as simple as a sheer curtain can also create some sense of privacy, while preventing it from feeling claustrophobic. Large plants (or a row of hanging plants to create a veil of greenery), a screen or a simple cabinet could also do the trick. That’s it!
While super clever and fresh, is the floor plan actually functional? I asked Aimee if there were any cons to the layout, and her answer was a resounding “Nope.” It has worked for her for years, and it could definitely work for you too. Scroll down to see more of the space and to get a peek at the floor plan so you, too, can employ this ingenious idea in your own home.
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