Achieving a sense of order and privacy in a studio apartment can be very difficult, since everything is essentially packed into one large room. When that one room has to accommodate a multitude of needs including entertaining, relaxing, sleeping, and perhaps working you need furnishings and decor that can adapt to suit your needs.

If you want to be able to section off part of a studio apartment say, to disguise a dressing area or a cluttered desk, or hide a sleeping area when company comes over a folding screen is indispensable. It can be folded flat and tucked away when you don’t need it, and since folding screens come in a variety of stylish colors and designs, they can be just as beautiful as they are functional. In a very large studio apartment, you can even use several to divide the space into separate rooms, essentially creating a bedroom or other private space away from the main living area.

Double-duty furniture lets you easily move from one function to another. A sleeper sofa eliminates the need for a separate bed and is one of the most obvious choices of apartment dwellers, but you’d be surprised at some of the other options available. Chic coffee tables that raise to dinner table height for company; ottomans that double as storage containers; and wardrobes with fold-out desktops all offer you ways to do more with less furniture, freeing up valuable space in a small studio apartment.

Also look for furniture that lets you take advantage of unused ‘vertical’ space: taller wardrobes and dressers, loft beds with built-in storage, etc., which all offer more storage room while taking up less floor space. And try to avoid delicate pieces of furniture that offer no storage space, since these are a waste of valuable square inches. A leggy end table might look lovely in a magazine, but you may find that a model with drawers or shelves is more practical in a small room where every ounce of storage space is precious.

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