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Studio Apartments That Don’t Feel like Studios at All (And How They Can Make Your Small Space Better)

Studio living comes with a lot of perks, like saving money on rent and living closer to a city’s urban action. But it comes at a price, too—mainly having to sleep, eat, work and exist, all in one room. Those who use design wisely, however, can manage to make a studio feel…less studio-ish. Here are five studio apartments that do just that—and how they pulled it off.

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Posted on Sep 22, 2017

3 Indispensable Pieces for Small Space Living

Stacking stools in a home from Nuevo Estilo . (Alvar Aalto’s original design, the stool 60, had three legs ; the stool e60 , and many many other knockoffs, have four.)

(Image credit: Nuevo Estilo )

There are plenty of lists out there of great products for small spaces, and indispensable things for living little, but for this particular post, I’ve gone beyond the purely academic and relied only on my own experience. Here are three things I have in my tiny studio apartment that I use regularly, that continually make my life easier, and that, I hope, might do the same for you.

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Posted on Sep 21, 2017

How To Make a Small Apartment More Fun for Your Cat

Cats who live in apartments face one very serious threat: boredom. Cat behavior problems—aggression, waking owners up in the middle of the night, obsession with food, and more—can often be traced back to a simple lack of stimulation . Though cats are often considered to be low maintenance pets, most do need some form of entertainment and activity each day.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Keep Your Entryway Clutter-Free With This DIY Acrylic Organizer — Apartment Therapy Tutorials

We all need a little more organization in our lives. One thing I wasn’t expecting was how hard it was to find a letter organizer that matched the rest of our decor and could be mounted in the tiny two-foot wall space of our entryway. And when you can’t find a solution, you DIY it! This one can be customized with different colored acrylic or painting/staining the wood.

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Posted on Sep 20, 2017

Divide & Conquer: Top 10 Room Dividers & Folding Screens — Annual Guide 2017

Whether you need to carve out a bedroom from a studio apartment, or a foyer from a living room, or just a little private space anywhere, these room dividers will get the job done. Some are more opaque, for when privacy is a primary concern; others let a bit more light through, for when the suggestion of a separation is enough. Check out our top 10 collection.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2017

9 Times Garage Makeovers Became the Most Adorable Homes Ever

Garages ooze potential. When real estate sells for a premium — especially in expensive cities — intrepid folks turn to these existing structures for an opportunity to create living space that is ultimately more valuable. By nature these homes are modest in size, but nonetheless pack a stylish and functional 1-2 punch.

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Posted on Sep 19, 2017

Before & After: A Tiny, Crumbling New York Kitchen Goes Classic — Sweeten

When Emily went looking for an apartment in New York, she wanted a place with vintage charm, like the beautifully detailed old buildings she had seen while living and studying in Normandy. Instead, she found the next best thing, a fixer-upper apartment in a 1940s building, whose tiny kitchen and bathroom were badly in need of updating (and a little classic character).

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Small Space Solution: The Best Air Mattresses for an Instant Guest Bed — Annual Guide 2017

Look, we get it—not everybody has room for a guest bed. But living in a small space doesn’t have to mean that overnight guests are uncomfortable. When I started doing research for this post I was surprised at how far air mattresses have come—a far cry from the saggy ones I remember from my college days, where you were like as not to wake up in the middle of the night with your bum touching the floor. These days there are all kinds of options, in all kinds of price ranges, that look like a quite comfortable—and maybe even luxurious—place to spend the night.

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Posted on Sep 18, 2017

This House Can Be Built In a Day (& Just Might Solve the UK’s Housing Problems) — Dezeen

A lot of tiny houses lean heavily in the direction of cute, but this little prefab home—a creation of Estonian design collective Kodasema —has serious modern design cred. Plus, it’s only £150K and can be built in a day.

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Posted on Sep 15, 2017

Problem Solvers: 9 Smart & Stylish Finds for Small Entryways

Over the years I’ve come to realize that one of the keys to a well-functioning, uncluttered home is having an entryway that works well. It’s a spot to gather up all the things that you’ll need when you go out into the world, and also a sort of buffer zone to keep unwanted clutter from entering your home. Maxwell has really explored this with his idea of the landing strip , which is worth checking out. But vital as it is, a functioning entryway can be hard to achieve when you’re dealing with a really small apartment. That’s where these smart products come in.

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Posted on Sep 14, 2017

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