230+ Photos of Interiors Ideas 1st (one-room) Apartments of 40 sq.m. Simple and stylish modern design
One-room apartment of 40m2 is a spacious option by city standards, where they build apartments with a footage of only 8m2. But we will competently furnish housing in order to get some advantages..
When you have a tiny apartment, it is important to use all the space you have as much as possible.. There should be no inefficient areas and you should use every aspect of design and design to your advantage..
Make sure every detail is thought out. In this post, you will see how to use your space so that even 1cm2 is not wasted, which would not be useful. Beginning with living room, kitchen and the dining room, and then in bedrooms, bathroom and storage facilities, we will consider the choice furniture, decorations and all important elements to get a sense of space.
10 tips for furniture layout
Walking through Ikea (or another favorite interior design store), it’s so easy to fall in love with the spacious luxury sections. After all, who does not like to bask in a comfortable couch at the end of a long day?
However, if you are moving into a small apartment, you might be better off ditching the oversized furniture and opting for a slightly smaller sofa instead.. Here are some tips to help you save money and buy furniture that looks impressive in your small apartment..
Set a budget
Everyone wants their apartment to look profitable, so it’s easy to overspend a little when furnishing your home. That’s why you need to set a budget in the first place: even before you start looking for furniture.
Get your budget right
Find out how much is acceptable for each room. This limit will help reduce the search for a sofa., table and so on, which will be in the desired range. Keep in mind that if you buy a sofa that is below budget, you may be able to choose other more interesting items, such as, carpet or coffee table.
Measure absolutely everything
AdviceNever buy anything for your apartment without first measuring the area.
Evaluation by eye does not work here either. If you plan to install the sofa against a living room wall, measure the length of the wall. This way you can figure out how much space you will have..
Measure all interior elements
For example, if you have more space, you might be able to add a side table at the end of the sofa.. Do not forget to also measure the dimensions of the apartment doors.. Don’t repeat my mistakes: I forgot to do this, and trying to bring my couch through the door was like trying to squeeze a watermelon through a keyhole..
Each room has its own time
Trying to furnish all rooms at once can be overwhelming, so you must tackle the space separately. Start in the living room, find out what you need and what you have a place for. When everything has been measured and purchased, then you can proceed to the next room.
Apartment zoning option
Think about the whole picture
When I was furnishing my apartment, I just stopped at reaching individual fragments of the interior: for example, first a sofa, then a coffee table, then a stand for TV and so on. However, I did not think about how all these elements would fit together. I ended up with a glossy black coffee table with an old wooden TV stand and a light-colored leather sofa – not exactly what a good designer would have designed..
Think about the final picture in advance
Therefore, I advise you to consider how all these individual elements will look together..
Decide on the style you like, be it modern, vintage or country, and look for furniture that matches that specific design.
Ask for a second opinion
Even if you live separately, it can be helpful to get a second opinion on the basic furniture you have chosen, such as a sofa and coffee table. I would have my mother for a second opinion. She is never afraid to tell me what is bad and what will look good..
Stylish, small apartment
Choose multipurpose furniture
Instead of buying a couch or ottoman, look for items that have more than one function. For example, find a sofa with a pull-out bed. This feature is always useful for guests and hosts..
Choose functional furniture
Find ottomans that open for storage. Ottomans are a convenient place to store TV remote magazines and other little things that easily clutter up the coffee table.
Think Before Buying
You don’t have to go to furniture stores the same way you go shopping for clothes. Deciding on a pair of pants or a shirt is less important. But when you buy a sofa or coffee table without thinking about it, you can get into trouble..
Instead of buying furniture right away, “sleep” with it. You may wake up the next day and realize that you don’t want to..
Add a light carpet
Believe it or not, adding a light colored rug to your living room floor can instantly help your apartment feel more spacious. Plus, rugs can add a little warmth to the floor and make the space feel cozy.. Choose a rug to match your sofa and coffee table.
The rug will make the room visually more spacious
Make sure you arrange the furniture so that you and your guests can move around the room comfortably. And so you don’t have to climb over your coffee table to get to the kitchen.
Stylish and versatile option
Arranging furniture in your apartment takes time, and while you want it to happen, it won’t.. Give yourself time to get settled and your apartment will end up looking the way you want it to..
10 ideas for spacious interior design of a small apartment
It seems unlikely that anyone can comfortably live with an area of just 40 square meters, especially with a family. Using expert advice, however, let’s try to implement some ideas on how you can combine design, style and decor to make it tasteful..
Try not to clutter up the space of such an apartment.
Make a second floor in your apartment for a bed or storage. Choose stairs without supports so that its parts do not take up space. You can place a podium with drawers for additional storage under the stairs, install a TV on the podium, make a seat with cushions out of it, or install a decoration on it.
Second floor in your apartment for a bed or storage
You should use the minimum to avoid being overwhelmed. Nice, comfortable design blends easily with modern restraint and decorates the room beautifully.
It is necessary to create a sense of space in a compact living room with appropriate colors..
Light and neutral colors for making a room or space look bigger than it actually is, but using brighter colors can also make it interesting. No need to create negative space using dark and heavy colors.
Use the minimum to avoid congestion
Small dining room
Small House can also have a modern dining room if suitable furniture is used to match the size and color of the room. A good place in a 40 m2 family home has a minimalist glass table and accompanying chairs that will become a dining room, complemented by a beautiful lamp that illuminates the room well.
The small free space available in the corner can accommodate a small sofa and furniture for storing cutlery. Simplicity guarantees a modern look in any small apartment.
Small dining area
Modern apartment design uses bottle, which can become a source of congestion or clutter if not properly stored.
Therefore, in order to efficiently store all bottles in one place, choose a cylindrical shape of vertical storage, which can play a double role: a bar that provides efficient storage of bottles in a small corner of the house..
Use similar storage boxes
Children’s room often requires enough bed space, cabinets, chests of drawers and various tools to promote the development of young children. However, the space available in a small apartment does not always accommodate these amenities..
If you don’t plan on placing every item in the room, you will very quickly create a clutter that will be difficult to remove later.. Functional walls with beds upstairs allow children to use space while avoiding congestion that disrupts room energy use.
Option for a children’s corner
If you plan well, you can enjoy even the small space available to create a home office. Use the tabs to find extra space. They may not look like furniture fit places, but different foldable and mobile furniture options can be helpful..
However, this layout makes you think about every necessary element in the office. Everything else should be tidied up so as not to create a mess..
Use overhangs to find extra space to create a small office
Original and simple bathroom a room that does not take up too much space is optimal for 40m2. Space optimization can be achieved in the bathroom through the right combination of elements.
However, be careful, the bathroom can be quite a complex area, requiring rational planning to make use of all corners..
Done right, you can achieve a much larger bathroom than it actually is. The trick is to use every part of the available space to do your best. Much more can be squeezed into the same space if the entire area is planned optimally. Arrange all elements like a puzzle to make full use of every corner.
Optimization of space can be achieved in the bathroom thanks to the right combination of elements
Relevant dressing room
It is important to emphasize that the dressing room we choose must be minimalist in order to make better use of the space. Its installation should take into account the very small area of the house, which is offered within 40 m2. Ideally, it should be small enough to fill the space, but still roomy enough to be the main place for things..
Dressing room in a minimalist style
Storage is a problem in any home, large or small, but in the latter case, it feels much more abundant. In a home of 40 m2, the problem of storage should be taken seriously, here you need to find a place to store books, CDs and other items. Optimal storage should ideally act as a bodyguard to protect your apartment from clutter and congestion..
Use storage space wisely
The sofa can be bulky
A modern living room doesn’t have to be limited to a large home. Naturally, you won’t be able to fit a large, classic or oversized L-shaped sofa into a modest living room. However, the stylish lobby can be easily incorporated into a small apartment using a compact sofa.
Living room options for a small apartment below.
L-shaped sofa in a modest living room
4 living room layouts of 40 m2
Moving to a new apartment, a new space solution, or finding the perfect living room solution – there are four living room layouts that I want to share.
Each plan can be used for a small room – a rectangular space of 3 by 4 m.In the same setting, each room plan has a separate specific purpose, choose the one that suits you best.
Cozy plan of a small apartment
Traditional furniture layout
Design your layout in a traditional format. Furniture includes an appropriately sized sofa bed, recliner, coffee table, base table and TV stand. Secure your space with a large area rug, such as a 2.5m by 3m rug. If you have a TV, find the best viewing position from all angles and start your design by placing the TV..
Then place your largest piece of furniture – usually a sofa – right in front of the TV. Set up ancillary furniture such as a chair and tables around the sofa as shown.
Design a layout in a traditional format
Layout with extra seating
Looking for a layout that gives you extra seating? This design makes a twist in the traditional layout, but gives you extra seating space if you need to accommodate people. Instead of a regular sofa, add a small “L-shaped” sectional sofa to the room along with two armchairs.
Choose armchairs without armrests for extra space without extra volume. You may not have room for a side / end table due to the larger sectional sofa, but you can compensate by placing a large coffee table from which each seat can be accessed from anywhere in the area.
A variant of a competent layout of the apartment
Dining + living area
Many residential complexes do not have a separate dining room (large kitchen) and living room, and a small apartment is designed as studios. Therefore, you may need to plan for placing your dining room and living room in the same room. This layout will help.
Start by pinning each individual zones using a separate rug. In my sketch layout, I used a round rug and placed a round table over it to create a comfortable round dining room. On the other side of the room, I added a smaller rectangular rug along with an appropriately sized sofa, coffee table and TV that hangs on the wall..
AdviceHanging the TV to the wall is the ultimate space saving. If you can’t do this, place the TV on the thinnest TV cabinet you can find to optimize the new space..
Placing the dining room and living room in one room
Open concept, kids furniture mockup
If you have small children, then you need to maximize the space they need. Baby toys take up so much space! An open concept like this will certainly maximize the potential of your small living room. Place a sectional sofa in the corner of the room (even if it faces a window like this) and then place two small armchairs on the far side of the room.
The TV is installed on the wall behind two chairs. To watch TV, simply turn the chairs towards it. When the TV is not in use, the chairs are turned towards the sectional sofa and coffee table for optimal communication.
Open concept, maximizes the potential of your small living room
These four furniture placement ideas help advance four space planning challenges, including a traditional layout, a layout with extra seating, a dining and living space combination, and an open room concept. Choose one that suits the purpose of your small apartment or helps you design the best furniture layout for the space..
Tricks for studio apartments
Large windows provide plenty of natural light
There are some tricks to consider when planning a studio apartment:
- High ceilings resist feelings of embarrassment. They open up micro apartments and create the illusion of more space..
- Loft-style studios automatically fall into the ideal high-ceilinged category, so consider this design as a base design for your studio..
- Large window provide a lot of natural light and, as a rule, visually expand the size of studio apartments.
Option for a studio apartment
Before deciding on a studio layout, think about the reality in such a space – there are no walls separating the kitchen, bedroom and workspace, as in a standard apartment. However, by minimizing the walls, you increase the area. Ultimately, the studio is a mixed-use space that brings all parts of your life together..
It will be interesting for you:
Converting an apartment to a studio
You can approach living in a studio apartment with two different moods. On the one hand, a reduction in space means a decrease in status. But if you look from the other side, you will see a complete renewal and the ability to completely customize your environment to suit your life.. Use the latter point of view to optimize your life.
Convert one room into a multi-functional space
Living in a studio apartment, like other tiny houses, is a strategic organization of the plan and decoration of the room to make the most of the space. Convert a single room into a multi-functional space by dedicating individual parts to specific activities. For example, if you work from home, place your desk in a corner and enclose it with a bookshelf to separate it from the sleeping area. Partitions also help in the layout of a one-room apartment and are possible in different forms such as folding walls or hanging curtains, which offer a free atmosphere.
Rest area combined with a work area
Interior design has a huge impact on the creation of a complete home from a small apartment. Organize space with intent: Make room for art in the living area above the sofa, or leave a chair by the door and shoe rack for you and your guests to have a place to put on and take off your shoes.
Partitions help in planning a one-room apartment
Transform your studio apartment with your imagination and imagination of the ideal space, but don’t forget to be inspired by these examples of thoughtful interior design. Look for the features you want, consider the benefits, think about the details when installing, and you will find yourself in a truly personalized living area.
How to create comfort for 40 m2?
You don’t need a lot of space to express yourself and create interior designs. A small apartment can be very convenient if you use these tips.
Color is the best way to zoning
Start with color first, as this is the best zoning method. Use color to enhance your space. It’s really great when the same color can be found in different parts of the room, but in different proportions., don’t be afraid to experiment.
Use glass for zoning
Glass does not absorb space, and this is the main thing we want to achieve – maximum space. Therefore, feel free to use glass partitions in your layout to achieve effective zoning..
Moreover, glass can visually increase the space (and this applies not only to mirrors), in addition to its functionality. Such an interior will look flexible and functional, it will really save money, it will look nice and comfortable..
Look also at the solutions of professional designers who also actively use color and glass zoning..
Glass does not absorb space
3 miniature small size designs
As more and more people are embracing the convenience and culture of urban life, it is no surprise that we have come to appreciate design that makes efficient use of space. Look at three miniature interiors from visualizer Konstantin Entaletsev. Each measures less than 40m2 yet still allows for stunning design elements and great living spaces..
The work of the visualizer Konstantin Entalesev
This 32m2 apartment uses interior glass walls to create a bedroom that doesn’t make the home look smaller.. Small dining area with mid-century patchwork chairs, suitable for one or two guests.
The use of neutral colors that extend into the narrow kitchen makes the space feel more open and tranquil despite the lack of extra space. Even the smallest bathroom looks luxurious when adorned with white marble.
Petite shower cabin – a solution for hygiene without taking up extra space.
Using neutral colors
This next apartment actually uses the same floor plan as the first one, but with some stylistic differences. We can see some more classic elements here, which includes a crystal chandelier and soft dining chairs..
The purple floor lamp is visible even from the kitchen, bringing a bit of brightness and originality to the overall understated atmosphere. Bathroom finished tiles, not so decadent, but here it was possible to place the washing machine under countertop, which is quite convenient in an apartment of this size.
The third apartment measures 35 m2 and contains a different layout.
The floor lamp will bring a little brightness and originality
Here, the narrowest room is the living room, which however has enough room for a comfortable sofa. Instead of using precious meters for a separate dining area, this design uses a small bar counter breakfast area that doubles into a kitchen area.
The bedroom is small, but large windows prevent it from feeling too closed. Shelving serves a double function: as a headboard and storage, which adds interest and a little useful storage..
Reflective surfaces are always a must in the bathroom, but here in particular they keep space from being constrained.
Smart storage lessons
We will find out the ways of thoughtful storage of things and the secrets that must be used if your apartment contains only 40m2.
A small footage can fully function if you organize the space for maximum storage potential. Once you go into “storage mode,” you will see that your room has just as much useful storage space as the spacious, larger homes:
- Roomy ottomans hide a lot of useful things. In addition, they also serve as a seat when needed..
High shelf for storing books and other small decorative items
- Urban life is more and more in need of bicycles. The bike can be used as an interior decoration element, decorating a wall, without taking up valuable space..
- Place storage of bathroom supplies, including towels, in the bathroom. Many bathrooms have unused space that can be maximized by adding a piece that has both open and closed storage areas. 30-40 cm of space will not limit the room, which usually only has one person at a time, but additional storage.
The bike can be used as an interior decoration
- Replace your dressing room doors with curtains. A standard wardrobe door eats up a lot of floor space and does not allow pieces of furniture, such as a sofa, to fit in a suitable place. Using a curtain will make this area more mobile..
- Consider decorative storage options. If you love books, you know that finding space for all of your favorite volumes can be a challenge. Fortunately, the books are surprisingly good too. With a little styling, a shelf or a couple of books can add new visual interest to previously unused space.
Excellent distribution of small space
Summing up, it is important to note that the arrangement of furniture in an apartment should always be thought out. The rise in the price of housing and the increase in the population no longer allow us to use the residential area in a measured and ineffective manner..
Small cubic capacity allows for self-expression through thoughtful design
The main trend of the future, I see it as the multifunctionality of each piece of furniture. Therefore, I advise you to choose any piece of furniture, proceeding not only from its aesthetic data, but also taking into account the “second role” that it can play.
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