I'm moving into a charming old studio apartment in 2 months. I don't know where to put my bed or keep my bedroom separate from the 'everything else room.'
Here is the layout of the apartment
Here is a photo of the kitchen
(sorry, only one I have):
I have a full bed and a cheap bed frame with no headboard (my bed is currently pushed against the wall). The bed is on risers and I use the under bed space for storage. I want to keep my bed as physically and mentally separate from the rest of the apartment as possible
and am really resistant to using it as extra seating (like a day bed) or lofting it (afraid of heights). I don't have the money to purchase a murphy bed or something similar and to be honest, I'm so lazy that putting the bed up or taking it down every day would be a pain and just wouldn't happen.
Other furniture I currently own:
- dresser (might stick that in the closet with the rest of the clothes)
- desk and chair
- bedside table
- small coffee table
- couple of bookshelves
- oval kitchen table and four chairs
I have a storage unit that I can keep any of this stuff in if I decide not to use it. I don't currently have a sofa/seating, but I'm looking to pick up a loveseat and maybe a chair somewhere for cheap if I can.
When the landlord showed me a couple of the apartments in the building, the current tenants had all put their beds in the dining room and just didn't have a kitchen table. I'm thinking about putting my bed in the dining room, too, but I have a couple of concerns with that:
1. Where do I eat then? I really like to cook, both for myself and friends. I'm usually never cooking for more than 3 people, but I worry that I might miss having a table where we can gather around not only to eat but also play games. I don't think the living room space is large enough to accommodate a TV, seating, desk and chair, bookshelves AND my dining room table. The kitchen itself is tiny and definitely doesn't have room for a table/chairs.
2. What about the smells? I cook with a lot of garlic, onions and spices. I don't want my bed to be permanently infused with whatever I made the night before. Is there a way to cut down on the odors aside from running a fan and lighting candles?
3. How can I keep my unmade bed visually separated from the rest of the apartment? There's no door between the kitchen/dining room and the living room, and I don't want friends to have to see my unmade bed if they go to get something in the kitchen.
Some solutions that I've thought about:
A. Get a air purifier and run that in the kitchen whenever I'm cooking.
B. Hang some curtains up to keep the bedroom separate from the kitchen. I was thinking of using a light fabric so that light could still get through. Not sure how well this would help with the smell problem though.
C. Put the bed in the living room instead. I'm just not sure where. Against the wall shared with the bathroom? Against the wall shared with the kitchen? How can I visually separate my bed from the rest of the stuff in the living room then? I was thinking curtains again, but I don't know how I would hang them.
(Anon because I haven't told my current roommate I'm moving out yet.)