The price of real estate is always surging, especially in major cities. City dwellers have no choice but to live in smaller homes, studio apartments with either limited floor space or odd corners. Since a studio rental has zero partition for other rooms, privacy is always an issue. Most renters struggle to create a separation between the bedroom and the rest of the living space since a studio apartment is basically one large room.
The good news is, it is possible to create a well-styled sleeping zone that can provide you with all the privacy you need in a studio rental. Here are some suggestions you can explore to create a private bedroom in a studio apartment:
Install a Fabric Divider
You can separate the bedroom from the main living space by closing off the “room” entirely. You can do that by installing a fabric divider in between the living spaces. You can install the divider on your own using nylon cords or ropes so you have a line to hang the fabric divider. The effect will be fabulous! The fabric divider will create a distinct, private space for sleeping but it also moves with the room.
This hack is not so different from the design idea above. If you don’t want to use nylon cords for a fabric divider, you can install draperies to separate the bedroom from the rest of your living space. With this idea, you can use standard curtains or draperies to divide the bedroom. This means you can play with different curtain shades and patterns.
Built a Faux Wall
A faux wall is a great idea if you want a solid barrier that creates a distinction between the bedroom and the rest of your studio rental. If you are quite the handyman, you can make your own faux wall using wooden slats or pallets and some L-brackets. Just make sure you ask your landlord’s permission first!
Another idea would be to attach wheels on the faux wall so you don’t have to make permanent changes in the space, just roll and slide the wall whenever you need some privacy. If this project is way over your head, have a professional do it for you. Once the wall is done, give the wall a fresh coat of paint so it blends with the rest of your interiors.
Use a Bookcase
A tall bookcase can pull double duty as a room divider in a studio rental. Just set the bookcase near the foot of your bed or on the sides, fill it with an artfully arranged books + snazzy decors and you are done. The effect is quite eye-catching! With this setup, the bedroom is cleverly hidden behind your book collection, giving you a private and cozy area for sleeping.
A Sliding Door
If the budget allows, you can install a sliding door in between rooms to create a separate space for sleeping. You can opt for clear sliding glass door to keep the room open and free-flowing. But if you really want a closed-off space for the bedroom, go for a wooden door or frosted glass door instead of a clear sliding door. Again, get the green light from your landlord first before making permanent changes to the ceilings or walls.
Large Area Rugs
Placing area rugs in the bedroom is an easy and affordable way to create a distinction between this room and the rest of your living space. Rugs in contrasting shades could alter the look and feel of the space, adding separation in wall-less rooms while establishing a sense of serenity.
If your bedroom is adjacent to the living room, try this trick: set the back of the couch near the foot of the bed. Just like a bookcase, the couch serves as a physical barrier that separates the bedroom from the living room. It also keeps the bed hidden from sight.
You can achieve the same look by using different types of low-lying pieces of furniture apart from the couch. For instance, a dresser or a console table can be used to hide the bedroom. The height of the furniture is critical, it should let light spread throughout the living area to make the studio rental appear larger than it really is.
If you are using a clothing rack as opposed to an actual wardrobe for lack of space, put it to good use. You can set the clothing rack at the foot of the bed to keep the bedroom hidden from sight while also adding a sense of mystery and depth to your living area. Clothing rack comes in different sizes, designs, and shapes to choose from so there’s a design that will suit your interiors to a T.
Get a Daybed
Investing on a daybed is one of the easiest ways to turn any zone in your studio into a bedroom. During the day, you can use the daybed as a couch and at night, it becomes a sleeping area. Stow the sheets in pretty storage baskets and toss colorful cushions on your daybed during the day so it looks like a sofa.
If you’ve always wanted to grow your own indoor garden, now’s a good time to invest in hanging plants. Not only do houseplants add color, texture, and character to a space, they can be used as a barrier between rooms too! You can set your houseplants near the bed to close off this space. You can also achieve the same look with potted plants. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different plant heights to get the look that you want. Here’s a list of our favorite indoor houseplants.
As you can see, there is no need to spend more to create a separate sleeping zone in a studio apartment. With these ideas, it is possible to transform a studio into a beautiful dwelling with distinct sections!