Wondering how to decorate a studio apartment? We have all the best tricks for maximizing space and making your studio apartment feel like home. We’ve researched and interviewed individuals who live in studios for the hottest tips on decorating studio apartments. Read on to discover how to turn your studio into a functional and Pinterest-worthy space.


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Divide The Space

Room Dividers

If you’re short on space but still want to divide the studio, room dividers are the perfect option. They allow you to separate the room into multiple living areas, while taking up very little space. With these being a popular item to decorate a studio apartment, many trendy options are available. From vintage shoji screens to minimalistic room dividers— there’s an abundance of options to choose from.


Bookshelves are a great way to divide a studio apartment while also providing functional and necessary storage. Splitting up the space in a studio is essential for privacy and full use of square footage. Instead of just using a room divider, this provides a place to put books, plants, and anything else you might need to store!


Curtains are a great way to create privacy and separation from other parts of your studio apartment while still maintaining a modern and stylish look. Bulky closet doors? See if your apartment complex will allow you to remove them and add a curtain instead. If you want to separate your bedroom from the kitchen and living space, add a curtain rod to the ceiling. This will allow you to cover your personal space when you are entertaining and create a darker environment for sleeping.

Get Clever With Storage

Make Your Closet Part of the Decor

Closets can get cluttered, especially with all those bulky winter coats taking up space. Pro tip: Use garment racks and strategic shelves to make your closet an aesthetic display. Pick your best pieces and hang them up. If you pick items that match your decor, it will blend seamlessly with the rest of your apartment.

Choose Furniture With Hidden Storage

With limited storage options in a studio, using every square inch of space is crucial. Invest in a nice bed frame with capability to store things underneath (especially ideal for seasonal clothing or items you don’t use everyday). Decorate your space with ottomans that function as both a seat and a hidden storage container. Coffee tables are another great resource to store your board games and art supplies when you’re not using them.

Utilize Wall Space

Turn Your Bed Into a Day Bed

This is a simple way to make a big difference. Simply pushing your bed against the wall and treating it like a couch during the day frees up a ton of room. It also eliminates the need for a separate seating area! This tip is also really helpful when you’re hosting and need more square footage for party activities.

Use Shelves Often

Utilizing vertical space is a MUST. Install shelves along the walls so you can store things that you use often, but don’t have storage space for. Using shelving as decoration has the added benefit of making your space look more polished and put-together. There’s an endless amount of things you can hang on your walls: you can even put up bike hangers to store your cruiser!

Create the Illusion of Open Space

Mirrors Are Your Friend

Mirrors reflect both natural and artificial light into the room, making the space appear much larger and brighter. Besides being able to fix your makeup or check your hair on a whim, decorating with mirrors adds charm and creates the illusion of a larger studio apartment. Wood-framed and circular mirrors are a hot trend right now.

Use Removable Wallpaper to Create an Accent Wall

Want a dash of color on your walls but don’t want to paint a rental? No problem! Removable wallpaper makes it easier than ever to put some color in your space. Simply stick on the adhesive side of the wallpaper and enjoy the trendy change it brings to your studio apartment. Then when your lease is up, easily peel it off the walls and voilà— good as new!

Keep the Colors & Design Minimal

Small spaces can feel cluttered with too many bold patterns and colors. To make the space seem larger, try to stick with a minimalistic color scheme and simple decorations. Follow the ‘less is more’ mantra in order to avoid overwhelming your space. Pops of color are still always encouraged, but a neutral base will allow them to pop and bring together the rest of the apartment. (Read more about the most common design mistakes!)

If you’re ready to decorate your own studio apartment with these tips & tricks, let AptAmigo help you find it! Reach out and tell us about your lifestyle and preferences and our local experts will help you find a place that’s perfect for you.

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About the Author
Heather Poage

Heather is the Content Marketing Associate at AptAmigo. When she isn't creating and designing content, you can find her sipping on crafty cocktails at local Denver bars, thrifting for the best vintage items, or hitting the slopes in Breckenridge.