Let’s face it — when it comes to renting, one of the best values out there are studio apartments. Studios can allow you to live in your city’s more popular areas without the high cost associated with one or two bedroom apartments, and they’re also great for single renters. There’s just one problem: the space! However, with a few clever tricks you can turn your small space into the cozy crib you hoped for.

Tip #1: Keep It Clutter Free
There are few things that can make a small space feel more claustrophobic than clutter, knick-knacks and junk. Remember, you’re already dealing with a limited amount of room, so the more items taking up that room the more visually tiny it will seem. Purge unnecessary items often, and find innovative ways to display favored items. If in doubt, put it away — think clean!

Tip #2: Go Vertical… Often
When you’re in a one or two bedroom apartment, you often have the luxury of additional closets and more room to spread out. When you’re renting a studio apartment, it’s time to think vertical rather than horizontal. Try multiple wall shelving units, hanging kitchen items from the ceiling and wall-mounted hanging racks for clothing. Not only will it add visual appeal, it will also keep your floor clutter-free and spacious-looking.

Tip #3: Think About Room Dividers
It might seem counterproductive to divide a small space, but setting up separate “living zones” can give the feel of a much bigger apartment. Try using shelving to create a visual wall between your bed and living room area. Alternatively, a folding screen can give you the ability to change up your space at will, allowing you to try new space options as often as you want.

Tip #4: Look for Double-Duty Furniture
Drawers under the bed? Tables with extra storage space? Thanks to innovative furniture design, small spaces are becoming infinitely more liveable. Try looking into sofa beds that can allow you to easily convert your bedroom to a living room for visitors, or even stacking tables that can double up as chairs. The more clever you are with your furniture, the more you’ll be able to get out of your home.

Tip #5: Keep Colors Lighter
Ever hear that wearing the color black is slimming? The same goes for dark colors and rooms. Darker colors and paints tend to absorb light and make rooms look smaller, whereas lighter colors create an illusion of a bigger, more inviting room. Aim for off-whites, or even very light shades of color in both your wall coverings and fabrics for maximum effect.

Though studio apartments have their plus points, it’s easy to be put off by the idea of not having enough space. However, by using these tips and tricks, you’ll be enjoying your cozy new apartment in no time. What are your tips for studio living?