Property prices in the UK, especially in London and the South, are absolutely bonkers. If they want to own their own home, many buyers may not be able to afford much more than a small flat or bedsit. Studio living is many people’s reality.
If a home is compact & bijou – there’s a lot that can be done to maximise a living space. Items such as room dividers and rugs help to zone & delineate the different living and working areas.
Use space-saving and metamorphic furniture & fittings. Compact, folding, collapsible, stacking versions of usually bulky items such as chairs, tables and beds can free up a lot of space when not in use.
Multi-purpose items of furniture prove useful additions to studio living. Daybeds, sofa beds and shelving units that double up as room dividers cut down on the number of necessary furnishings and stop a space feeling over-crowded or cluttered.
Unfortunately, smaller doesn’t necessarily mean cheaper – mini versions of fixtures and appliances aren’t always less expensive than their full-size versions.
- Kingston compact leak proof pre-assembled shower cubicle: £756, Forthill Home
- Bathroom vanity combination unit: £374.95, eBay
- Alessi Piana folding chair: £134, Heal’s
- Regal 1550mm roll top slipper bath with tap deck: £299.99, World of Baths
- Caboto room divider: £70.90, Wayfair
- IKEA PS 2014 bureau, orange, birch veneer: £145
- Eyeline Platinum mini kitchen with hobs: from £2,010.00 (ex. VAT), Tiny Kitchens
- IKEA PS 2012 day-bed: £450
- Spacedust bright rug: from £34, Modern Rugs
- Leon Pfeifer for John Lewis Croyde 6 seater drop leaf folding dining table: £299