What Qualifies As a "Studio Apartment"?

June 26, 2019

A studio apartment is defined by a unique open-floor-plan layout. It’s one large room for everything — with the exception of the bathroom… usually.  If the apartment has a separate room for a bedroom, it’s considered a one-bedroom apartment. 

Here’s the dictionary definition: A small apartment consisting typically of a main room, kitchenette, and bathroom. 

Here are a few things you should consider before falling in love with a studio apartment in Little Rock. 

Decorative Storage. 

As Scandinavian interior design trends dominate the industry, more and more living spaces feature decorative storage. Storage in a studio apartment is limited with no closets. You can use trunks, cabinets, shelving, and more. Here are a few pros and cons: 

Pros: 

  • Convenience! All the things you need day-to-day are readily available. Not hidden. 
  • You keep only the essentials. Want to do a standing closet? It’s time to re-evaluate your wardrobe. Since you will see your full closet every day, you’ll have a better idea which items of clothing “spark joy” and which ones you don’t wear so often. 

Cons: 

  • Clutter. It is so easy to put your things away, but will you? Decorative storage needs to be orderly to be considered a decoration. 

Creative Solutions

You have one room that needs to be your living room, your kitchen, your room for entertaining guests, and still have room for storage. 

Perhaps studio apartments are becoming more and more popular because they go along with the latest interior design favorite, Scandinavian. This trend has minimalist vibes, yet it is still very functional and welcoming. 

Starting with a blank room is the key to nailing the look. 

If you do want some privacy while you sleep, there are plenty of fun options. Check out this helpful article from The Spruce. You can wall off an area of the room with fashionable curtains, sliding doors, even a bookcase.

Affordability. 

Studio apartments started their climb in popularity by being a more affordable option to rent. As they get more and more popular, they are becoming more expensive. 

When you consider the cost for your new living space, make sure you factor in all the decor and storage you’ll need to buy and install to make the space functional. 

Furniture. 

A huge benefit of a studio apartment is its ability to become cozy with just a few pieces of furniture. Only have a couch? That will work perfectly. Modern design trends are big on floor pillows and other floor seating options.