Studio apartment of 27 sq.m. + Balcony is considered the best option for such a layout. This is an excellent base for creating a cozy, modern, comfortable area for one person or a small family. About the design options and furnishings of the studio will tell our article.
The main feature of the studio apartment is the absence of interior partitions and some walls. As a result of this layout, a spacious, free space is obtained where the cooking / reception area for writing, sleeping, relaxing and other functional rooms are separated from each other by small screens, curtains, transparent partitions or even more conditionally: the color scheme of the finishing materials, spotlights, the presence of a small elevations-podium.
Regardless of the quadrature, the living area of the studios is conditionally divided into several mandatory zones:
- kitchen / dining room;
- living room:
In order for a small apartment to really contain all these functional rooms, it is necessary to carry out certain zoning works.
The kitchen, as a rule, is already allocated in such apartments (basic communications have been installed and a stove and sink have been installed). It remains only to separate it from the rest of the area and determine a place for rest and sleep. Most often, a bar counter is used for this purpose. This original and very functional item is often used today to decorate the kitchen. It allows you to greatly optimize the kitchen space.
The counter can be used both as a dining table, and as a work surface in the cooking process.
Examples of design projects
A studio with a balcony provides a lot of opportunities for translating various design ideas into the interior. Here are a few options.
Kitchen on the balcony
Despite the seeming impossibility and inconvenience of such a decision, it has a lot of advantages:
- space saving. In fact, the whole room is transferred to the balcony (of course, it must be pre-glazed and insulated). The rest of the territory will be divided only into a rest and sleep zone;
- moving the kitchen will help get rid of the noise of household appliances, pouring water and smells during cooking;
- a balcony is an excellent source of natural light (saving on additional lamps);
- in place of the kitchen in the studio, you can leave only a bar counter, which will also be a dining table. Just add a few chairs - and a cozy corner for eating and meeting friends is ready;
- if the kitchen takes up too much space in the room, some of it can be taken out to the balcony , and some can be left indoors, significantly saving living space and expanding the functionality of the kitchen itself.
Depending on the chosen option, the size and shape of the balcony, the adjacent territory, the kitchen can be square, rectangular or angular.
In addition to the advantages of this solution, there are significant disadvantages:
- the main communications (water, sewage, electricity and light) will need to be brought to the balcony . These activities are very costly and troublesome. You can consider the option of partially moving the kitchen - then the communications will remain indoors;
- balcony space may not be enough for people who are used to cooking a lot in the kitchen;
- the small area of the balcony requires you to use it very competently and as efficiently as possible . There should not be any extra details;
- standard furniture is not suitable for the size of the balcony. Most likely you will have to furnish the balcony kitchen with custom-made furniture.
The balcony can be a great place not only for cooking, but also for eating. This is probably the most common use of a balcony in studio apartments. Drinking morning coffee or having lunch and enjoying a beautiful panoramic view in the fresh air - what could be better?
This option is convenient in that it is suitable for any studio. To implement it does not require laborious and costly operations. Enough dining table, chairs and decorative elements to give the interior a complete look. If you use one of the corners of the balcony as a minibar, then its territory will also be a great place for parties.
The disadvantage of this solution is the same furniture that will have to be made to order, and a relatively small space, which is unlikely to accommodate a large number of guests.
Balcony - relaxation area
As a rule, the layout of the apartment provides for a dining area next to the kitchen. If the kitchen is far from the balcony, then arranging a dining area on it is not very reasonable. It would be more logical to organize a small corner for rest and relaxation there.
The design of the rest room directly depends on the area of the balcony itself. If it is small, then along the wall you can put a small sofa, and next - a coffee table.
If the area of the balcony allows, then part of it can be raised using the podium and arrange a berth on it. A podium is a great option for highlighting a functionally different zone. For example, with its help you can arrange a small game room on the balcony.
Work room on the balcony
This is another common option. The main feature of the study is its relative isolation from the rest of the room. A working person should not be distracted by noise or other external manifestations. Finding such a corner in a studio apartment is not easy. Therefore, the balcony will perfectly cope with this task.
There are many ways to design a balcony area for work. At the end of the balcony you can put a desk and chair, place the necessary office equipment. The advantage of this solution will be good natural light. The long wall of the balcony can be used to place bookshelves, shelves, stands. The opposite wall can be occupied by a high open bookcase for books, folders and documents.
So, the balcony can be used for almost any functional area. Depending on this, the remaining residential part of the apartment can be issued, guided by the principles of zoning, given in the next paragraph.
- Free space should be used to the maximum. For example, a bar counter can simultaneously play the role of a dining table, and a wide window sill on a balcony can become a countertop.
- Each functional area should be visually separated from the rest. At the same time, all areas should be united by a common stylistic decision and look very harmonious.
- A well-designed lighting system will help visually put the right accents in the interior.
When creating an interior, bulky, massive pieces of furniture should be avoided. It is better to pay attention to transforming furniture sets or modules. You can use open racks, narrow wardrobes throughout the wall, as well as multifunctional beds and sofas, which are equipped with additional drawers for storing clothes, as places to place clothes.
In the kitchen-living room
The part of the apartment reserved for cooking and eating should be cozy, spacious enough and comfortable. Depending on the area allocated for the kitchen space and its configuration, an optimal set of furniture is selected: hinged and floor shelves, built-in stove, refrigerator, sink. A powerful hood is required to prevent the spread of odor throughout the room.
The countertop may be located along the wall. Its role can be played by a bar that separates the kitchen space from the living area. Dining table with chairs can be in the same area or further.
In the corridor
The most commonly used furniture for arranging the hallway is a sliding wardrobe, shelves for storing shoes, hats and accessories. It also houses a small sofa or pouf, a wardrobe hanger and a mirror. A minimum of furniture should fully meet the needs of the people living in the apartment.
In the bathroom
The most rational option for planning a bathroom in a studio apartment is the combination of a bathroom and a toilet. The bath is most often replaced by a compact shower. Along one wall can be a compact, sink, washing machine. Opposite - a shower cabin, a wall cabinet or several open shelves for shower accessories, a hanger for bathrobes and towels.
On the balcony
Depending on how the balcony is planned to be used, an appropriate set of furniture is selected and placed. If this is a sleeping place, then you will need a small sofa or even a mattress in the corner. If this is a study - a table and chairs. If the living room is a coffee table, a pair of armchairs, chairs or a small sofa.
Styles and colors
An invariable rule for the design of apartments of this layout is the use of light, delicate colors. Light, pastel colors give the room a feeling of lightness, make it even more spacious and light. Bright, contrasting decor elements (pillows, paintings) or furniture will help to give the interior a more expressive and sophisticated look.
As for the stylistic orientation, most often for design a classic or Scandinavian style, high-tech, minimalism, art deco, loft, and Provence are chosen.
Interesting idea - the second tier
The second tier or podium is an architectural solution that allows you to maximize the use of the free space of a studio apartment or to allocate a separate zone.
An additional floor is the most radical way, possible only with a sufficient ceiling height. An additional, folding or stationary staircase made of metal, wood, plastic and other materials can lead to the second tier.
The podium allows you to slightly raise the functional area, for example, dining or kitchen. Both options look very interesting, allowing you to originally and stylishly beat the space of the apartment.
A modern design for a small studio. The compact kitchen is combined with a dining area, the rest is occupied by a working corner and a sleeping place.
The design of the narrow and long studio is thought out to the smallest detail. Functional zones are extended by the will of long walls, leaving enough space for movement around the apartment. Snow-white finishes and furniture add light and lightness to the interior. Bright accents make the room more stylish and modern.