How to Set Up NYC Studio Apartments: Which Layout Is Right for You?

NYC Studio Apartments: Bed on Display

Congratulations on your new studio! Moving into a new apartment is always thrilling, but NYC studio apartments can pose a special challenge. Since you’ll essentially be doing all of your living in a single room, setting up your studio apartment may require some careful planning.

First, you need to figure out what layout will work best with your lifestyle. Some people don’t mind showcasing their beds right in the center of their studios, while others prefer to have their sleeping quarters hidden away. How to decide which layout best suits you? Here’s a quick guide.

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Type #1: I don’t mind having my bed take center stage in my studio — in fact, I prefer it!

If you’ve purchased your stunning bed at Savoir Beds in SoHo, and you’ve topped it off with exquisite duvets and sheets from Ankasa at ABC Carpet & Home, it makes sense that you’d want to show it all off. Keep the following tips in mind.

  • Make the bed less “bedlike” by topping it with accessories like bed lounging pillows that people can lean into.
  • Even if you display your bed like it’s the masterpiece it is, you’re probably still going to need to provide seating for people who may not feel comfortable kicking back on your bed. A small loveseat sitting nearby can add the extra seating you need.
  • Make sure you have a coffee table that can double as a dining table if you don’t have space for a real dining table.

NYC Studio Apartments: Hideaway Bed

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Type #2: I want my studio to have a double life: living room by day, bedroom by night!

Some studio dwellers want no trace of their sleeping quarters to show during the day. So you’ll need to choose a bed that can be easily hidden away.

  • If you’re going to be using your sofa as a bed, choose the highest-quality sofa bed or sleeper sofa that you can find. Familiarize yourself with the sleeper sofas from brands like American Leather, and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, and Scott Jordan. If you’ve got a smaller budget, look into a relatively affordable solution like Ikea’s Karlstad sofa bed.
  • Install a Murphy bed if you have the budget to get something good. The best ones have multiple functions, serving as a beautiful storage space as well. Murphy beds take up less square footage than a twin bed when closed up; you’ll simply need to make sure you have enough floor space to contain the bed when it’s open.
  • Choose tables, chairs, and other furnishings that are easy to push to the side when your bed is unfolded.

NYC Studio Apartments: Sofa for Partitioned Room Setup

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Type #3: I want my studio to have rooms.

If you’ve got the space, you may want to split your studio into separate living quarters.

  • Create distinct “rooms” in your studio using rugs and other types of flooring. For example: A large, striped rug can define your “living room” area, grounding your sofa and coffee table. Your “bedroom” can be in another section of the room with another rug underneath, and so on.
  • Use room dividers to split up the space. Sheer panels hung from the ceiling around your bed can create a gorgeous and private canopy for your “bedroom.” A funky chandelier over your sofa and table can set off your “living room.”

As you can see, NYC studio apartments can offer a surprising diversity of floor plans. Keep these tips in mind when you move into one of your own.

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