We created this complete list of 50 small studio apartment design ideas because we wanted to inspire and encourage the owners of such places to use their imagination and creativity and to search for unconventional solutions. Our experience leads us to believe that the compact living is a global trend that in the feature will become stronger. More and more people choose to live in the big megalopolis and to make the small studio and micro apartments their home. And in the future, this tendency will increase the number of people and it will decrease inhabitable space so that the dwellings will become smaller and smaller.
To create wholly functional and welcoming home in such a restricted space arrangement is a significant challenge that requires a bold and brave way of thinking outside the box (sometimes literary). So here you can take a peak together with us to see how professional designers and renowned architects are tackling this difficult task. You can use their ideas and unconventional approaches when you design your studio apartment – an excellent way to discover how successfully to make the most of every inch of space so in the end to have a tiny, modern, and clever home.
1. Creating a special unit for sleeping and using its volume for storage compartments
One of the first things that come to mind when confronted with limited living space is where to put all my stuff? Here we have a magnificent ingenious solution by Batiik Studio an elevated bed that gives the necessary space beneath the stairs to create cabinets and provide storage. The sliding panels that offer privacy to the bed space and the full-height closet on the side complete the picture of this modern and smart design. Decided in trendy dark colors the elegant and functional unit can be a “must have” option for any small space dweller.
2. Color distinction- paint the second level in a different tonality
Painting this mezzanine premise with stylish and characteristic wall accents that visually separates the premises creates the feeling that the bed area is a whole separate world. The design composition of this tiny apartment in Poland is laid on a duality of space concept: the deep rich green walls that accentuate the ceiling half of the space and separate the bedroom with its lush plant selection from the rest of the interior design with its vintage hints – it is a unique and artistic approach. This composition of dualism has an almost mystical visual impact with its rich accents and details.
3. Elevate the bed and give yourself more space underneath
This light (bought as colors and space illumination characteristics) project of ICOSA in collaboration with Peter Suen, is located in the heart of San Francisco and offers a youthful, dynamic and contemporary solution for the space problems. The custom build unit includes the elevated bed platform with simple lines and luminous characteristic, the very cozy working area underneath, completed with a massive whiteboard, roomy desk, and stand-up computer station and of course, the cleverly hidden compartments of the storage units and extra guest bed.
4. Use Folding Glass Walls to achieve dynamic and flexible space separation
This dramatic space composition in the restoration project of an old small apartment by Tatyana Bobyleva is achieved through the dynamic contrasts in the materials palette, the textural and color combinations. The airy elegance and dynamic modern hint of the black metal – clear glass doors compo introduces flexibility in the small apartment’s interior design. The alternation of smooth green surfaces, cement floors, black metal details and trendy furniture with the warmer presence of the exposed red bricks and soft textiles is an intriguing and rich solution for a confined space.
5. Sliding staircase – movable elements which if necessary can be hidden or blend
Averagely the sleeping area is used only ones a day, so it is quite a clever solution the staircase that leads towards the bed niche to be movable and if necessary to free the space for the daily activates. This fantastic project of a cozy and functional small space design belongs to Concrete Architectural Associates for the Zoku Amsterdam – a new type of short stay hotel that promotes spacious micro living units for global nomads. One of its lofts is a 269 square-foot room with a flexible design made inviting and warm through the usage of wood. The classic combination of smooth white surfaces and base, with black framing and wooden accents, is always fresh. A playful design touch is the Olympic rings installation for working out.
6. Put your bedroom into a movable cube – fun on wells
Resolving the problems with privacy, space, and static border – this colorful bed box project is offering a moveable, cozy and fun solution for small apartments with contemporary design. And as the designers ask; “Instead of buying a sleeper couch and feeling like a guest in your own home, why not create a private retreat within a given space?”. Besides. The fact that the bed cube is on wells means that it can be moved around according to your mood or social situation.
7. Saving Space with a Suspended Bedroom
This dynamic composition for modern small home is located in London and offers charming focal accent of a suspended bed above active working area ( with trendy furniture pieces). A memorable solution for restrained space options. Further on a large dining room table – to gather all your friends – and the decorative accent of the urban-art staircase leading through the bedroom platform to a romantic skylight opening towards the roof give the mini apartment unique atmosphere.
8. Don’t be afraid to use dark colors
For some may be controversial, but in this case becomes a fact – using dark gray and black colors won’t make the small space appear smaller, but quite the opposite it will give it a dynamic and splendorous touch. The designer of this 258-square-foot studio used reflective surfaces, bold dark colors and shining metal accents to create visually dramatic impact and sophisticated atmosphere. Expanding the living space vertically rather than horizontally, introducing the white frames of floor and walls, the design anchors the terrace-evolvement of the dark details.
9. Make use of the space behind the sofa
The fresh and artistic design of this tiny apartment will guarantee comfortable living space for more than one person – with its light emanation and multiple sitting zones, and chill-out niches, unique space design offers many opportunities for relaxation and privet quiet space. The light wood sculptural construct offer light, dynamic and youthful hart for a small urban apartment. The unusual usage of space aiming to increase the storage opportunities exploring the height diapason behind the sofa- is also applicable in other compositions, with deck or bed for example.
10. Movable wall in combination with folding wall bed
This high-tech, dynamic solution is up to free a lot of space for modern urban dwellings. The compact 390-square-foot of this apartment can host all the rudimentary zones of a home – sleeping, kitchen, living room, bathroom, dining zone and so on, thanks to the latest evolution of MKCA’s research on micro-housing. The motorized movable wall (that worth noticing hosts 180 degrees rotating TV unite that can be used from bed or sofa) hosts hidden closet, dresser drawers, and clothing storage and when fully extended makes space for a queen-sized fold-down bed: smart, tidy and technologically advanced; this is an exciting solution.
11. Partially hiding the bed in the closed
Undertaking the challenge of renovating this tiny Milanese apartment and giving it a youthful and functional atmosphere that it will turn its 28 sq.m into a comfortable modern-day dwelling the designers from studio WOK had searched for inspiration in the clear presence of the light wood. The structures that host the closed and wardrobes not only give fresh and smooth design expression with their light and trendy plywood surfaces but also offer clever and functional solutions to the space issue. Partially rolling the double sized bed in an opening in the lover part of the wardrobe opens a space for the daily activates and also secures a comfortable sofa for them.
12. Minimalism takes hold – live part of the premises empty
The designers of this contemporary project – a stylish home located in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, Australia had searched its inspiration in modern minimalism but also in the funny word of Mighty Mouse. Using its signature colors in red, yellow and black the apartment aspires – much like the small mouse to punch well above its size. Locating the entry foyer, storage, equipment, washing and sleeping zones behind full height, wall-to-wall sliding doors the designer freed the rest of the premises giving them empty, minimalistic and spacious emanation with slightly industrial presence – thanks to the smooth concrete floors.
13. Elevating the kitchen and hiding the bed underneath
The dynamic design of this Parisian mini-apartment hides different functional levels and multiple materials and colors combinations. The architects Marc Baillargeon and Julie Nabucet collaborated to turn this apartment piece into independent living space. Here, again, the double size bed turns into a functional sofa when partially hidden beneath the elevated kitchen floor. Few large pillows and – Voilà – a day zone with a cozy couch and trendy coffee table. In the case of this design the bed can be entirely hidden under the platform and to free the floor for other activities. Elevating the platform of the kitchen zone and adding multiple intriguing shaped shelves, gives a unique atmosphere to the design, but also becomes a smart space-saving approach.
14. Turn the bedroom it into a sculptural element
This contemporary design creation of French architects Emmanuel Combarel and Dominique Marrec offers an entirely new aesthetic experience of a bedroom space introducing unusual solutions for small spaces. Creating and single suspended box that becomes a sculptural element of the premise’s layout the designers hosted the bed platform in the center of the apartment while at the same time leaving the space of the main floor untouched and free for other activates. Redefining the bedroom objectification as the archetype of privacy and intimacy this ingenious architectural construct becomes an object of curiosity by transforming its symbolic status – situated it in the center as a suspended sculptural element and art piece.
15. Use the space in front of the entrance door
This simple yet charming design for a micro-apartment consist of a series of clear-lined, low-tech joinery pieces that form zones within the main space. The Sydney based architect Nicholas Gurney had its finger on the problem: through the vast majority of the day one does not use the space in front of the entrance door – so why not turned into something else. To give this empty space another temporary function using prefiguration of furniture joinery. Stylish, bright and just a little bit fun.
16. Creating an illusion of volume using mirrored surfaces
This fantastic and almost surreal project of Gary Chang located in Hong Kong is presenting us with the unbelievable transformation of a 344-square-foot space into over 24 different rooms project using movable walls, stairs, and furniture. The mirrored surfaces of the floor and ceiling segments give visual depth of the premises and create the illusion of much bigger space. The usage of yellow mirrors and illuminators defects the light spectrum in a whole another dimension and creates the sensation of the surrealistic and enchanting world.
17. The dining table can fit and hide amongst the rest of the kitchen furnishing
Inspired by the Japanese method of an organization known as 5S the Australian architect Nicholas Gurney created a contemporary project of bespoke joinery, sliding partitions and moveable furniture to make the most of the limited space of this 24-square-meter apartment. Exciting knack becomes the designer’s solution of the dining table aesthetics- elegant and light- placed on rolling wheels the furniture piece can fit perfectly above and around the oven unit. In this way, the unique and stylish solution is able not only to free substantial /additional floor space but also to give underlined visual expression for the kitchen furniture arrangement.
18. Insert the Murphy bed into the separation wall to have an extra, guest bed
Graham Hill and his company, LifeEdited are specialized into creating smart and elegant solutions for ultra-livable micro-apartments. Here we have a fluid environment with versatile pieces like a modular sofa and expanding a coffee table that not only have multiple functions and position but are also stylish. The extra Murphy bed is hidden into the storage wall and offers options for guest bed.
19. Closet as a Swiss Army Knife
Kitoko Studio had composed and ornamented this Parisian chic apartment with Asian aesthetic hints and ingenious movable units. Once all the elements are folded and stored in this “large closet” implementing the concept of The Swiss Army Knife: simple and elegant, compact and multifunctional at the same time; the unit room composition takes only a small part of the apartment space.
20. Hang things – the ceiling is an excellent space for stuff
The latest work of Me2architects studio is this charming small apartment in a former industrial district that preserves its heritage under the original and stylish read of contemporary design. Entwining dark colors, brick walls, and metal constructs the designers created a conceptual loft for an active lifestyle. The green plant pots that hang from the ceiling are framed by a black metal frame – dynamic and stylish solution. Together with the contemporary lighting scheme this designer’s knack forms an integral design object that adorns the space above the dining table, economize space and gives additional character to the decor composition.