How to Make A Small Space Functional

May 25, 2023

Think that living in a small space means you can't host the entire crew for happy hour or game night? Well, think again! Even studio dwellers can easily play hostess; it's all about getting creative with furniture arrangement. 

Use Small Coffee Tables

Not everyone in a studio apartment owns a dining table, but most people do have coffee tables—let this piece serve as a workhorse when you host, and encourage friends to gather around it. Maybe set up the charcuterie or other appetisers on the coffee table to invite this energy.

Have fun with your styling, too! There's no reason you can't use a cake stand for your charcuterie board. Using different heights for your display is both aesthetically pleasing and functional!

Get the Most of Your Kitchen

If your studio apartment has a distinct kitchen nook, make use of it! Be open minded to guests gathering in your kitchen, as much as elsewhere. She suggests using the space to set up a bar area. But if your apartment's floor plan makes this difficult, fear not—"I also love to clear off a bookshelf or a window ledge as a makeshift bar. And don't worry about being fully stocked with endless beverage options. Create a signature drink so you don't fill the space with different bottles of alcohol. Cheers!


Re-Use Your Bed

You may need to reconfigure your setup a bit in the process, but it will be worth it! "Because your bed takes us a lot of space in a studio apartment, make sure it's a space that people feel they can utilize. Pushing your bed against the wall will create more floorspace and allow you to pile it with pillows and blankets, more like a sofa.

Not comfortable having friends plop down atop your comforter? Opt to keep the bed nice and empty. Resist the urge to pile coats on your bed where it's visible to your guests throughout the night," Beryl commented. "Maintain the ambiance within the party by buying a foldable coat rack and placing it in the hallway.


Out of sight, out of mind! It’s noted that corralling clutter (even in unconventional places such as inside the shower) will make all the difference. Think about places people won’t be using or hiding [clutter] under furniture that won’t be moving.

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