NYC Studio Apartment Living: To Divide or Not to Divide

Divide a Studio Apartment into Multiple Rooms

So you’ve got a large studio apartment in NYC that is void of walls. How do you create clearly defined areas when you have no physical boundaries indicating where the front room, kitchen, and bedroom should be? One of the easiest things to do to make the most of your space is to create a floor plan prior to moving in. When drawing it out on paper, don’t forget to include doors, too!

Determine Which Area of the Apartment Will Be Used for What

Refer to the layout and decide how each area of the studio will be used. If you’re living alone, it’s easier than when you’re living with roommates. They, too, will have ideas on how to best use the space so keep that in mind. If you do live by yourself, ask what rooms are necessary for you to survive and thrive.

What Types of Rooms Do You Need to Be Happy?

You may need to have a dedicated office space for working. You may prefer to set up an area of the apartment for painting or working on craft project. Almost everyone wants a dedicated space to entertain. If you’re a foodie, you may want to extend your kitchen area and have it include a pantry filled with your favorite foods and spices.

Create Walls Using Bookshelves

Go tall to create the illusion of extra space. Look for bookcases that have no backing. This gives the space more depth and dimension. You can store a number of things on the shelves of a bookcase. Besides books, consider housing figurines, vases, and plants.

Use Curtains to Block Off Areas

Keep your sleeping area semi-private with curtains. Add a rod and material in a weight and color of your choice. Assemble the curtain in a way that it’s easy to take down when you move. You don’t want to be charged for permanently fixing a curtain rod into the walls of your rented studio apartment.

Give Each Space Its Own Color

Spruce up your space by giving each area its own color. This helps create a sense of flow in your apartment. It also makes it easy to determine which area is the living room and which area you write music in. Use colors that complement one another for a seamless look that flows well from each space to the next.

Create a Floating Closet

Brit+Co suggests using furniture to create small, organized groups within your studio. You can also use rugs, and lamps to separate areas of your residence. A floating closet is a great way to add storage to an open space without boxing it in. You can use the space above and below for addition items such as hats and shoes.

If You Don’t Have Room for It, Put It in Storage

You’ve got options for all of the items you can’t conveniently store inside your studio apartment. urBin Storage offers solutions to meet your needs no matter how small or large they may be. A storage bin may be all that is required to store your belongings safely and securely. If you need larger storage space, contact us for a quote right away.

Reassess What You Have in Your Studio Apartment

Knowing how to make the most of your studio apartment helps you contain your items better. By dividing your space into multiple rooms, you’re better able to assess how much room you have for the things that you own. If you run out of space, you can easily store what you don’t need right away. A temperature-controlled atmosphere protects your items from damage such as moisture and mildew.


Getting Ready for School

Getting Ready for School

With school in session once again, it’s time to consolidate your belongings so you’re better able to manage them. If you’re transitioning from one living space to the next and limited in the amount of square footage made available to you, it’s time to get real about what you need and what to stow away. Taking into consideration your current lifestyle and what it takes to make you comfortable gives you a starting point for packing and unpacking all the things you’ve brought to campus with you.

Factoring in weather conditions, what your roommate owns, and the amount of space you have left after accounting for furniture, appliances, and electronics gives you an idea of what you’ll want to place in a storage bin. The following list of suggestions helps you prepare for school without bringing too many things with you.

Consider Creating a Capsule Wardrobe

Deciding what clothing to bring with you to college is a big deal. It’s hard to know what you’ll feel like wearing with a busy schedule like yours. One of the easiest ways to tackle this issue is to create a capsule wardrobe full of items that you like and wear often.

A capsule wardrobe consists of 35 to 40 versatile garments. They’re usually solid in color with minimal pattern. This allows you to mix and match items with ease and create a number of outfits without having to buy new clothes to achieve a certain look.

Apartment Therapy states that instead of shopping the racks of a department store or boutique, you shop your own closet. This keeps you from buying things on a whim that you’ll need additional storage to keep. Bulkier items such as coats and parkas can be placed in an urBin and stored until you need to wear them.

Go Digital

If you love to read but just don’t have the space to keep books, consider buying an e-reader or downloading a digital book reading app on your tablet. This will allow you to free up space that wouldn’t be available if you fed your reading addiction with hardback or paperback books. A whopping 6,000 books can be stored on an 8GB Amazon Kindle device!

You can also download movies, music, magazines, and textbooks this way. It will prevent you from packing too much and ensure that you’re thoroughly entertained between classes. You can always buy hard copies of the things you really, truly love and store them elsewhere until you need them again.

Store Winter Clothing and Blankets Until You Need Them

If you don’t go back to your hometown on weekends, it’s difficult to retrieve items that you need through the colder months of the year. You may have brought plenty of blankets and winter clothing with you to help you get through the coldest months of the year. Why keep these items on hand when you aren’t going to use them right away?

Free up space in your residence by storing heavy covers and sweaters until the first frost occurs. You’ll have them close by when you need to retrieve them, but you don’t have to deal with the hassle of tucking them under the bed or in a corner during warmer weather months. If the space you’re in is minuscule, you don’t have to deal with clutter for the sake of being comfortable during the winter.

If you’ve found that you overestimated how much built-in storage you have in your dorm room or apartment, don’t fret. urBin offers affordable solutions for students just like you. For what it would cost to eat dinner and see a movie, you have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are carefully tucked away in storage where you can retrieve them anytime you want.

Clever Bedroom Hacks

Clever Bedroom Hacks

Does the state of your bedroom have you tossing and turning at night? Bedrooms are one of the hardest rooms in the home to design. If you feel like your bedroom is kind of bland or drab, you’re not alone. Here are some clever bedroom hacks to make it comfier and more stylish:

Layers of Blankets

Make your bedroom as cozy and snug as possible. Layer on the blankets and make them all super soft and plushy. Opt for a fluffy down comforter, sheets with a high thread count, a washable duvet cover, and one or two knit blankets for when it’s chilly.

Piles of Pillows

Once you’ve layered on the blankets, turn your bed into a fluffy pillow fortress. Buy some soft throw pillows in your favorite shades and patterns and pile them on. This is also a great way to add pops of color to your room.

Wall-Mounted Bedside Tables

Don’t have the floor space for a nightstand on either side of your bed? Take it to the walls with wall-mounted bedside tables or wall shelves.

Wall-Mounted Lighting

You can do the same for lighting to save space on your shelf or nightstand. Get lights that mount to the wall to keep your tabletops clear of clutter.

Keep Décor Simple

Your bedroom doesn’t need to be filled with trinkets—in fact, a cluttered bedroom might make you feel uneasy and won’t help you get to sleep any better. Keep décor simple. Pops of color or patterns here and there are ok, but try not to overdo it!

Pay Attention to Color

Color can affect mood. Painting your bedroom yellow, orange, or red might not be a good decision, considering those colors may make you feel anxious or energized. Opt for shades of blue or neutral colors for a more relaxing environment.

Make a DIY Pillow Mist

Having trouble falling asleep? A soothing pillow mist with lavender essential oil might help you wind down and fall asleep faster. Here’s a recipe to try.

Throw in a Throw Rug

Wooden floors get cold in the winter, and that doesn’t feel so great on your feet first thing in the morning. Put a throw rug down next to your bed so your feet have a warm landing spot when you get out of bed.

Or an Area Rug

Whether or not you have wooden floors, a large area rug can add a lot to a bedroom. Choose either a 5×8 rug and place it horizontally at the end of your bed, or a 9×12 rug and place it horizontally under your bed.

Get a PJ Set

Invest in a comfy PJ set or two. You know you’ve always wanted to. Plus, it’ll get you into sleep-mode, and keep you warm (or cool,) throughout the seasons, without running up your heating and cooling bills.

Add a Plant

Every room deserves a little life, even the bedroom. Plants can help purify the air and create a more comfortable environment for sleep.

Don’t Forget a Candle

What’s more relaxing than a scented candle? A good rule of thumb is to always have two larger-sized candles: one for the living room, and one for the bedroom.

Make Your Bed

Making your bed has been shown to increase productivity and mood. Start incorporating this step into your day and feel the difference!

Skip the TV

Unplug before bed, and keep the TV out of the bedroom. The light from our screens messes with our circadian rhythms and can cause trouble sleeping. This is a great article about the techno dangers to watch for in your apartment.

Transform your bedroom with these clever hacks for a better night’s rest. And if you find anything you can’t hang onto while you’re redesigning, check out UrBin Storage. They’ll come to you!