Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Watch enough TV shows set in New York City and it’s easy to romanticize living in a studio apartment, or maybe not. Once the fantasy moves over to reality, what you usually end up facing is a bland, undefined space.
Moving your things in might help give your studio apartment some character but it won’t solve the lack of definition that comes with an open and usually small space. There is also the privacy issue that can be blamed on non-existent interior partitions. Often, this type of apartment ends up looking like a bedroom with a refrigerator or couch on the side, which makes having people over a bit troublesome.
Luckily, there are some ways around the extended bedroom syndrome that ails most studio apartments. Aside from choosing only essential and appropriately scaled furniture, you can install your own room dividers to provide the sense of separation. At the very least, these solutions can help you define and divide your living and sleeping areas.
Probably one of the best room partition choices, curtains can provide room separation in varying degrees while hardly using up any space. You can buy readymade panels or get some fabric and do them up yourself. Curtains as partitions look better when it covers the vertical space completely - hanging from floor to ceiling.
You can choose different fabric weights depending on your needs. Sheer curtains provide some privacy while still allowing light through. Medium to heavy fabric weights meanwhile, grant more privacy and are better for keeping cool air in or out of a particular space in your studio. Hang up the more casual curtain styles that have either flat curtain loops or grommets (metal rings where a curtain rod passes through), or curtains hung on a ceiling track rod for a more polished look.
Bookshelves are some of the most common room dividers. They are a natural choice for a partition because most people have them already; it would just be a matter of placement.
In case you’re looking to buy, an open back bookshelf is a good option. It’ll act as a border between one space and another without completely blocking out either side. The shelves also provide much needed storage and display space. There are so many designs and configurations available.
There is more to screens than the Shoji. By variety alone, screens make for the most versatile apartment dividers. The range in design, material, and construction make them popular with many people.
There are screens that fold, wheel, swivel, and slide; there are those framed in wood, metal, cardboard, and plastic. Coverings, too, can vary. Think, paper, fabric, glass, shell, just to name a few.