I threw together quickly the options for a 402 sf, NYC studio on Monday, but I would like to add a few more thoughts to it. I do like a rug to make a space cozy, and I know they can be expensive. I am not opposed to buying large Sicil carpets and throwing a small Oriental, Oushak, or matte sized natural fiber rug underneath. It allows your style to shine through and highlights a special jewel of a piece atop a disparate material. Wool, cotton, silk, or some combo of the same will do nicely.
I also don’t like to worry about stepping on my iPhone is my everything, even though I wish sometimes it was not. I use it for my alarm clock as many do, and I need it nearby – so a bedside table is the natural thing to get for the solving of this issue. Having said that – there is no room for side tables in 402 SF. A shelf overhead will have to suffice. I would do one of two things. I would use a wonderful and inexpensive acrylic box that can be mounted to the wall, and decorative and useful items alike can sit on display.
That’s the easy solution. If you are feeling a little more ambitious, get a handy man to create a surround for the bed. Tuck the headboard between two planks – at least a foot in width. Create a shelving system above, affix some pretty fabric to hide the shelves et voila – you have yourself some invaluable storage.
Metallic strips to hang knives from the wall in the kitchen are tremendously useful. I am not a fan of displaying pots, pans, plates and the like – particularly in city apartments, when try as you might, dust and dirt seeps in from the streets. Clutter is the other reason. I’d rather it be hidden away, but that’s a personal choice.
A final must have if the apartment were for me – a pretty bookshelf or etagere.Happy designing.