Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Studio Apartment

I will be moving out from my current rented house to a new SOHO this month. SOHO is just about the same with studio apartment with additional room for an office. So, I consider my new home as a studio apartment anyway.

The best thing about studio apartments is the price, the worst thing about them is the size. While there are plenty of condominiums on Property Guru with studio apartments, they roughly follow the same 20 to 24 square meter range that is common in Malaysia. Getting the most out of this small space is a challenge but, with a few new pieces of furniture, definitely with the range of possibility.

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Make sure to get a Closet Bed
One of the best ways to maximize space is to utilize multi-usage furnishings so that you can get more use out of them. For instance, you can get a closet bed that can be lowered when you want to sleep and raised when you want the space for other activities. While somewhat pricey, closet beds allow you to have more space within the small bedroom of your studio than you otherwise would not have. For example, when you raise and put away the bed you can use the extra space to entertain guests within your apartment. Some foldable chairs and tables that you can place underneath your sofa would be perfectly fine and this allows you to have more flexibility with what you can do with the space you have.

Get a Sofa With Drawers at the Bottom
Another interesting purchase that you can go for is to buy a sofa that comes with drawers that are placed at the bottom. While this may seem like an odd design choice, the drawers can be utilized to store a wide variety of different things that would otherwise have taken up too much space within your apartment. There are many sofas with drawers at the bottom of them in the various furniture sales depots in Malaysia due to the growing number of people that live in studios who want to maximize the amount of space they have.

Get Wall Mount Shelves and Cabinets
The best way to really maximize the space in your apartment is to limit the amount of furniture that takes up space on the floor. One way in which you can achieve this is by having wall mounted shelves and cabinets installed in the apartment. Basically, all you need to do is go online and check out the various contractors that offer this service in Malaysia, look for one that you believe has a design and price range that is acceptable to you and then take out the necessary service request with the admin of the building for the contractor to come in and start drilling holes in your wall. There are several places where mall mounted cabinets are ideal, the first would naturally be the bathroom where you can have two or three wall-mounted cabinets placed so that you can store more of your clothes there. Another location would be directly above your couch where you can store various items like books, decorations, etc. In fact, some contractors even offer to install lights at the bottom of the cabinets to increase the amount of lighting in the room. The last ideal location would, of course, be near your bed where you can place even more clothes and items.

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Rent it Out When You're Not Using It
People go on business trips for their company all the time and this can last for a few days to a few months depending on what your company needs. During this period of time, your apartment has no occupants, which is such a waste when you think about it. Another way that you can maximize the use of your apartment is to rent it out when you're not using it. There are sites like Airbnb, Ibilik and Flipkey that enable people to rent out their studios on a short term basis. All you would need to do is make a post on any one of these sites, leave the key with a trusted friend who will take care of the apartment, make sure that all your valuable items have been locked away in a cabinet that has a lock and chains on it then rent out the location. You can make a substantial amount of money this way which can go towards the monthly payments for your apartment. Not only that, Airbnb and Flipkey checks their users before they allow them to rent properties and even offers insurance just in case any damage occurs. It is due to this that you can have some peace of mind when renting your place out.

Getting the most out of your apartment isn't that hard. All you need to do is use a bit of ingenuity, some upfront funds and an internet connection and you'll be all set. Don't settle for what people say studio apartments "should be" go for what you want and you're sure to be happy with the results. 

Can't wait to move into our new house! Yippie!

{ 54 comments.. read them below or add one }

Aliza Sara Aliza Sara 12 February, 2016
Great tips on saving space. Very well said. If only i could afford to buy my own unit one day T.T
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 12 February, 2016
InsyaAllah you will someday Aliza :)
FiSh. ohFISHiee FiSh. ohFISHiee 12 February, 2016
renting it out seems like a great idea :) it definitely sounds more economic than leaving it unoccupied
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 12 February, 2016
True that. At least we can have some extra cash
GengQian GengQian 12 February, 2016
There are a lot of studios nowadays! great guide, space saving is definitely a yes yes!
Wai Yee aka Rane Wai Yee aka Rane 12 February, 2016
I wish to have a nice home too. A good place for the family bonding time.
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 12 February, 2016
I personally like studio because of the price. but space wise, i prefer 3 bedroom house
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 12 February, 2016
No worries, you'll have time to buy one :)
Low Sze Shin Low Sze Shin 12 February, 2016
It's really important to utilise the place wisely when you are staying in SOHO. Most of the furniture nowadays utilise place well.
cindyrina cindyrina 12 February, 2016
love the soho concept. just nice for single woman like me. Oh yeah! great tips especially the space saving for great living environment.
Caroline Ng May Ling Caroline Ng May Ling 12 February, 2016
Thanks for the ideas! i've been looking for some inspiration on how to decor my new place too!
仙妮 仙妮 12 February, 2016
hi Fadzi, like your post with all great tips as always :) keep it up! Between, will it be possible for you to add in the furniture shops contact as per tips above? It will be very useful for house owners :) cheers, siennylovesdrawing
Emily Emily 12 February, 2016
I've toyed with the idea of buying a SOHO too, since I am single. But then I think of my immediate family, how can I fit them all in?
Sherry Sherry 12 February, 2016
great tips, thanks for sharing this useful tips. Shall let my sis know of this too, she will be interest to read.
kakalina wak kakalina wak 13 February, 2016
hope to buy one service apartment.
having some creative & space saving furnitures are fun though.
Sunshine Kelly Sunshine Kelly 13 February, 2016
Wish to have a studio apartment of my own. So that I can decorate to my own style.
Shubhada Bhide Shubhada Bhide 13 February, 2016
Very useful tips to maximize the space in the home. I will try a few for sure.
Mike Yip Mike Yip 13 February, 2016
A home is where the heart is, doesn't matter the size of the space.
Miera Nadhirah Tan Miera Nadhirah Tan 13 February, 2016
How beautiful... I hope to get one for myself one fine day once I get all the kids out of the house... LOL
Sharon Lee Sharon Lee 13 February, 2016
I always thought of Studio Apartment is for single people hehe! Can't wait to see your new house =D
Amelie Yap Amelie Yap 13 February, 2016
woah! Thanks for the sharing of all these great tips! It reminds me of the RE suite.
Pooja Kawatra Pooja Kawatra 13 February, 2016
Good points to make more storage space, even when you have a bigger house you still need more space. We can use them at some point of time.
Isaac Tan Isaac Tan 13 February, 2016
a home is a home, doesn't matter if its a studio apartment or a bungalow. We can make it as beautiful as we want it to be :D
Fhatin Amelia Fhatin Amelia 14 February, 2016
i want my own house too haha :P
Nicholas Ng Nicholas Ng 14 February, 2016
We really don't have enough space nowadays. This is so helpful, especially if you're living in the centre of town in a small apartment.
Hanniz Envato Hanniz Envato 14 February, 2016
I personally love SOHOs as my business is home run (for now) :)
Ivy Kam Ivy Kam 15 February, 2016
I always wanted a studio apartment for my small office use, thanks for the tips, saving money now :)
Sil Silvestre Sil Silvestre 17 February, 2016
Why do I feel that this is an Ad? hahah
Sebrinah Yeo Sebrinah Yeo 17 February, 2016
its true... wall-mounted shelves does saves space. Mirrors also helps make the place looks bigger. The paints and furnitures colors all plays a part too.
Susan Dan Susan Dan 25 February, 2016
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Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
I wish someday Malaysia can have cheap multipurpose furniture like the one i saw in tv in overseas
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
If I am still single, I would love soho as much as you do :)
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
No problem. Glad I can help :)
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Great idea sienny. Will draft a new entry fr that later
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Great sherry. Thanks :D
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Go buy apartment instead. Don't buy service apartment. Fees are high!
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Yeah Kelly, now I am decorating my space :D
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Great Shubhada. Hope to hear from you soon
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
True that. As long as we are comfortable in our own house
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Hahahhaha, you still got years to come
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Hehehe we got one additional office room where change it into our baby boy's bedroom
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
But currently i really have problems with storage. Haih~
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
I love small house, my husband loves big house. How la hahaha
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Hehehhe insyaAllah you can fhatin
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Yup, developers these days tend to build small houses
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Good luck ivy. Hope you're gonna get your studio one day :)
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
I bought 1 big mirror from ikea last couple of week. and it does cost a lotttt!
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
You're welcome susan :)
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
Do you have any suggestion for that?
Fadzi Razak Fadzi Razak 01 March, 2016
2 or 3 person in a family, can fit lah. More than that, I dont think so