Are you a studio apartment-dweller that obsesses over your studio apartment layout? Congratulations – You’re in lovely company!

Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail: lived in a studio apartment.

A guide to studio apartment layouts and how they rule.

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Mimi Rose Howard in Girls: lived in a badass studio apartment.

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Uhhhh… Carrie in Sex and the city: yep (art-wall!).

A guide to studio apartments and how they rule.

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Congratulations, welcome to the club. Really, take a moment to soak it in.

Notice anything about these homes? Efficient, balanced rooms. Clever storage and attention to flow.

Go on and follow in those famous footsteps: Know what you want and design accordingly. Social butterfly? Consider a minimalist sleeping arrangement and focus the rest of your space on entertaining. The creative type? Integrate your studio and personal space. 

With the right studio apartment layout, any small dwelling can make a lovely home.

Choose Your Studio Apartment Layout

Define Your Private Space

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This 312 square foot studio apartment layout is equal parts efficient and stylish. The IKEA Kallax bookshelf serves a dual purpose by providing ample storage as well as separating the living area from the bedroom – which is especially important for not staying in bed all day on those rare work from home opportunities.

Create A Cozy Refuge

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Functional furniture can make a narrow studio feel surprisingly spacious. In this modest apartment, a sleek coffee table provides just the right amount of separation between a living and sleeping area. The result is a perfectly comfy space to relax in.

Change Your Perspective

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Here’s an excellent case study of how perspective can solve one common studio ailment: corners. If you’re faced with seemingly useless corners, like the one that adjoins this apartment’s kitchen and living area or the one that defines the sleeping area, some tall and narrow shelving can work wonders to bring the room together.

Bring The Outside In

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If you’re lucky enough to have a deck or patio attached to your studio, then you might consider doing yourself a favor by letting it influence the flow of the room. The natural light helps a small space achieve a light and airy feeling and provides a great opportunity to decorate with plants.

Divide And Conquer

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Open floor plan got you down? Maybe you need a living area nook that doesn’t look directly at your bedroom and workspace. We feel you! And there’s a solution for that. Use a divider to optimize your space for living, sleeping, and working. In the apartment above, the divider also serves as a closet and surface to mount a TV on. Clever indeed.


One thing we’ve learned over the course of our design adventures is that every studio apartment home should be uniquely crafted for its inhabitants. Because when you’re faced with limited space, designing for your unique needs and preferences can make all the difference.