Making Space in a Studio

The studio is divided into distinct zones:
lounging, dining and sleeping. (Photo: TNS)

Studio spaces or one room living are common, especially in urban areas. Ranging typically from 250 square feet to 500 square feet, it’s important to make sure every square foot counts.

Enter the concept of zones. Zoning is a design technique in which space is defined by its function. For example, a large outdoor space can be defined by distinct zones that can include dining, entertaining, lounging and grilling. This design concept can be translated to nearly any space. For example a master bedroom can be divided into zones that may include a zone for sleeping and relaxation such as a seating or reading area.

The studio space
When it comes to one room living, the concept of zones often plays a critical role. In what is typically a small space, you must be able to sleep, eat and relax. While there are a number of convertible furniture pieces such as sofas that become beds, etc., often a successful furniture arrangement can be achieved simply by proper space planning.

Rest zone
In a studio space, allow your sleep area to be its own space if possible. It will create for a more relaxing environment. Placing a bed within a nook or on a short wall can further help to define the space without taking up too much room. When it comes to bedding, think white and bright. You can always further define your space with artwork and toss pillows.

Lounge zone
After a long day, it is important to have a place to unwind and potentially entertain guests. This is where the lounge zone comes into play. Whether your space is large or small, it is important when possible to carve out a lounge area. This can be successfully achieved by adding an apartment-sized sofa or small coffee table. Finishing touches include lighting and accessories.

Dining zone
In smaller spaces, there is often a challenge relating to where someone could potentially eat. This is why creative space planning is important. Dining tables don’t have to be large in scale, and typically round tables work in smaller spaces. Glass or other transparent materials help to visually make the space feel more open and airy.

Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at [email protected] or visit her website at

By Cathy Hobbs, Tribune News Service (TNS)