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Making the most of a studio apartment, starting with hardwood floors

March 24, 2013

When it comes to designing an effective and spatially efficient studio apartment, you want to build a solid base with excellent hardwood flooring

Studio apartments can typically measure anywhere from 250 to 600 square feet, which means they're very, very short on space.Anderson Hardwood Floors Luckily, that doesn't mean that they need to be short on character. When it comes to designing an effective and spatially efficient studio apartment, you want to build a solid base with excellent hardwood flooring. Start with Anderson's Urban Loft collection and move forward from there with these handy tips.

The right flooring
It's no accident that Anderson's new collection of hickory boards comes in colors named after Manhattan, Long Island, Broadway and Staten Island. If there's one spot that knows the challenges of urban micro-planning on the studio apartment level, it's the Big Apple. But these floors won't only make your space look larger, they'll have it looking more beautiful as well, thanks to a unique wire brushing technique.

Hidden storage
Storage woes tend to be the biggest problem for those living in tiny studio apartments, which is why residents more often than not have to get clever. Hollowed out ottomans are a favorite tactic, but other options exist too, such as using an old steamer trunk as a coffee table. Check out a variety of furniture sources, from IKEA to the local Goodwill and don't hesitate to get creative.

High shelves
Need a quick solution to your book, movie or record collection? Wall shelving is a great idea already, but put it up high and you'll save on precious space where you need it most. Just keep a stepping stool on hand for when you need to pull something down or do a bit of dusting.

Mirrors and mirrors
It's no secret that mirrors are one way to make a room look two or three times as big as usual. Load up your abode with these handy fixtures on several walls and watch your studio expand before your very eyes!

Give your space purpose
Simply put, one of the best ways to make sure your one-room digs don't feel like a cramped and claustrophobic space is to be certain that you give every fixture and furnishing a purpose. Why a coat rack when you have a closet? Who needs a knife rack on the counter when you have a magnetic one on the wall? Don't clutter and don't over-stuff. Sometimes good design is as much a matter of efficiency as it is style.