Ask Unclutterer: Hiding a workspace in a studio apartment

In reference to our posts on Bedrooms are for sleeping, part 1 and part 2, reader Eric wrote in to ask,

Could you expand the article to address studio apartments? What would be the best way to isolate a workspace from the living space? I guess I could use a divider like you show in the first article to isolate the bed/sleeping space from the rest of the apartment.

Thanks for your question Eric. We would be happy to expand on our answer.

There are several ways other than a folding room divider to section off different areas of the apartment. The first one we suggest is a curtain divider. Curtains are great because they can be closed for privacy and opened to make the space larger. They are washable and generally easy to install. There are many styles and colours available.

Tension rods are ideal if you have brick or plaster walls because you do not have to use a drill or screws for installation. They work best in smaller openings with lighter weight curtains. Also, if you have cats or small children who might pull on, or attempt to climb the curtains, the rod may fall down. If you are sectioning off a bedroom, I suggest that you use room darkening curtains to improve sleep quality.

If you do not have walls on which to mount a tension rod, then you might consider the ceiling track system. There are 90º and 45º corners available so you can make more than one wall out of curtains if required. You have to bolt/screw the track into the ceiling and that might be difficult if you are a renter or there is any trace of asbestos in the ceiling.

Some people use bookshelves to separate spaces in a studio apartment. I do not recommend this unless the shelving units are anchored into the ceilings and floors. IKEA’s Elvarli system bolts into floors and ceilings. With various configurations available it will allow you to divide your living space and create extra storage.

Another option to hide a workspace in a studio apartment, is to use an armoire or cabinet. There are various styles available depending on your needs. Some companies who design kitchen cabinets may also be able to design one to your specifications. If you are looking for simply a computer workstation, a folding wall-mounted desk is a space-saving option.

When living in a studio, loft, or other open-concept designed home, always look for furniture that can do double-duty such as hidden filing cabinets and storage ottomans.

Thanks for your great question Eric. We hope that this post gives you the information you’re looking for.

 

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2 Comments for “Ask Unclutterer: Hiding a workspace in a studio apartment”

  1. posted by Garden Goddess on

    When I was renting a studio apartment, I used a screen to block-off view of the bed alcove from the “living room”. It worked great! It also was lightweight (relative to a filled bookcase), and was at my feet (in bed) so I didn’t have to worry about earthquake damage to me were it to topple over. The advantage was no damage to the apartment ceiling or walls and it was easily transportable when I moved. Oh, and it was a nice decorative element to the apartment as well.

  2. posted by Janice on

    Wow, what a great article. I rather want to order this amazing hiding workspace for myself.
    The thing is that I work as a writer in https://essayspark.com/ and live in a small apartment, where there is absolutely no free space, even for the fact that to put a table. Often, I have to work at home and write texts at the kitchen table, because I have no place to put the desktop. But thanks to you, I hope that soon this problem will be solved and I will be able to work normally in my cozy room at this comfortable table.

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