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Furnishing a 30 sqm studio: ideas and solutions

Solutions - 23 March 2020

Furnishing a 30 sqm studio: ideas and solutions

There are multiple reasons behind choosing to live in a 30 sqm studio, not always related to financial aspects.

An increasing number of people opts for this solution driven by the desire of an alternative lifestyle, or by ethical, work or family reasons, as in the case of one-parent families, young couples or single individuals.

Regardless of the reason, the most important aspect is to find the right furnishing solutions suited to your own lifestyle, without sacrificing functionality and comfort.

How to furnish a studio: main challenges

Micro living, cohousing, tiny houses and social housing are all terms identifying a new housing model in which the ability to maximize the functionality of a space through a smart and creative approach is more important than its dimensions. 

Living in a small environment means rationalizing, designing and optimizing the available space, without leaving anything to chance. Even those who choose to live in a mini apartment will be confronted with this way of thinking, facing real issues such as: 

  • Exploiting every available centimeter,
  • Choosing closed spaces or designing an open space,
  • Expanding space perception,
  • Combining different activities within the same environment,
  • Fully exploiting the natural light,
  • Creating a balanced environment despite the reduced dimensions, 
  • Last, but not least: finding space-saving solutions.

These issues can be easily solved by designing ad hoc solutions that allow to increase and multiply the available space. At the top of the list are transforming and multifunctional pieces of furniture that can adapt to the different daily needs with style and convenience. Let’s find out how. 

30 sqm studio: ideas and solutions to create extra space

The most common choice when setting up and furnishing a studio is to create an open space: not only a trendy solution, but also a concrete answer to real needs. 

When using walls and partitions to limit an area of reduced dimensions, the available space might easily become smaller, darker and unsuited for conviviality. However, a simple open space is not enough. 

A key role in designing a small apartment is played by the furniture, which should fulfill all the functions that make a home livable, while also ensuring the right level of comfort. And what is better suited than transforming systems to achieve this result?

Here, for example, our Space 10 carries out four different functions in about 30 sqm: kitchen, dining room, living and sleeping areas

The heart of the project is Kitchen Box, the compact and multifunctional kitchen. Its fully equipped revolving door, besides temporarily separating the spaces, extends the available working surface with an integrated flap table. In less than 4 sqm, it creates all the necessary space to accommodate everything needed in the kitchen (even the dishwasher compartment!).

Kitchen for a studio

Space 10: Kitchen Box

And if you believe that opting for a 30 sqm house means saying goodbye to dinner parties, Girò will prove that you're wrong. It is a functional console that is only 35cm deep when closed and can turn into a dining table when needed.

hideaway table

Space 10: Girò

On the opposite side of the room, another transforming system can fulfill two functions by switching between a sleeping and a living area, taking up a minimum amount of space. We’re referring to Oslo Sofa combined with Tetris and the elements of Living & Young System. A ready-to-use double bed or a big and elegant sofa for those relaxing moments can be alternatively accommodated in less than 5 sqm.

Transformable sofa for a studio

Space 10: Olso Sofa + Tetris + Living & Young System

This project uses and enhances the longitudinal and vertical dimensions of the environment by arranging the furniture along the longer walls. There are multiple advantages:

  • more space in the middle to move freely,
  • external light sources are not obstructed, making the space even bigger,
  • the versatility of the foldaway bed allows for a seamless transition between the sleeping and living areas.

As in this case, when opting for an open space arrangement, the choice of colors is particularly important to create the right harmony between the different functional areas. We recommend both neutral and light shades, which reflect light and create a bigger perceived space, to be counterbalanced by a bolder color

In our example, the color red, besides being the “trait d’union” between the different modules, is the chromatic element that adds character to the environment. According to your personal taste, you could also recall this color in some of the furnishing accessories, such as lamps, pictures and fabrics.

With Clei transforming solutions, every centimeter of your studio is worth 1 meter!

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