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Jumpstart Your Day: 5 Space-Enhancing Tricks for Studio Units

Decorate your space with the help of these ideas

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A limited space can be a chance for you to be more resourceful and creative when it comes to adding a unique and personal touch to your space. Aside from opting for sofa-beds and ottomans, here are other must-dos that you may do.

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  • Small rooms will look bigger with oversized mirrors

According to interior designer Lisa Salvador, a mirror on the wall can "double" the space and make a closet look longer than it is.

  • Choose your pieces wisely

Decorator Elle Uy suggests working with only a few functional pieces than a lot of small ones. Consider getting a normal-sized sofa that you can enjoy using then add one accent chair.

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  • Curtains with pretty and unique prints can help you save on costs

Given the small space, we need to properly maximize every inch while still having the comforts of the different areas of the house. Interior designer Van Acuna-Solana suggests using curtains with elaborate prints as inexpensive and space-saving alternatives to sliding door panels for closets. They can also serve as accents.

  • Consider having a platform bed and padded headboard

Writer Kathleen Valle shares that a unique headboard and striking wall accent can draw attention to the vertical height instead of the heft of the bed.

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  • Plan your space based on your lifestyle

Elle further suggests that if you love having friends over for lunch or dinner, you may want to prioritize the dining area. Opt for a comfortable banquette instead of individual chairs.

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