Studio apartments popularly called one-room self-contained apartments are the most sought-after by single young people in Lagos. Owing to lower rental costs they seem like a good idea. However, studio apartments often prove to be too small to furnish in the way that we like.

This guide offers you key tips and advice on how to make your studio spacious, functional and, most importantly, a place you can call home. All the items mentioned are easily installed and removed to prevent permanent marks or damage to the rented apartment and the good thing is, we can fix all this for you without you stressing.



Here are our top five things to remember to create space within space.

1. Color scheme

As every interior designer will reiterate, color schemes in your home can change the depth and illusion of space. Light colors create a feeling of openness while darker colors create a more intimate and closed space. You can use two or more colors in which one would be the darker shade and the others would add the contrast. Examples are dark brown and orange, black, white and lime green, black, white and red. Create your own combinations depending on your personality and style. Please be careful not to overdo things as too much color can also create the Masquerade-effect!

2. Storage

Storage can prove to be very difficult in closed spaces making your apartment look largely like a broom closet. Avoid this by using multi-functional furniture that has storage compartments. For example, you can use a bed that has wardrobe capability. You can also use a center table that can double as a chest. Check out what I am talking about here!

3. Lighting

Whatever natural light beams into your apartment, harness as much as you can. Use sheer curtains (avoid thick heavy curtains as they can make the room feel dreary) and mirrors to channel as much of it as possible. You can place a full length mirror opposite your window so the outside scenery bounces off it to give your room a larger feel and look to it. Using LED lights and fun lamps can make your room look stylish within a budget.

4. One for all

You really do not need three lamps for reading, using the laptop and getting ready. You can use only one lamp to make all three tasks happen smoothly. This is most relevant when it comes to tables, night stands, lamps and other such items. So when next you plan on purchasing anything for your apartment, think of how functional it will be.


5. Say no to clutter

The chief obstacle to a beautifully designed apartment is clutter, which takes space away, as well as being a sore sight. A clean space will look fresher and larger than a cluttered one.

Let us start the redesign with the first step into your home.

6. Doorway

You will definitely need a rug for hygienic as well as aesthetic reasons at the entrance to your studio. Having a reliable anti-slip underlay helps when vacuuming and helps prevent slipping (falling).

Do you need a doorway? Yes, it creates a good separation of the entry area into your apartment, making the apartment seem larger.

Studio apartments have narrow doorways at best and if you have one, a rack of coat hooks and a small two-step shoe rack for your daily footwear behind the door is all that is called for. Having the coat hooks on the back of the door will be more convenient for extremely narrow doorways.

If you do not have a doorway, you can create one using a narrow book shelf or cabinet, placed perpendicular to the door, with the front of it turned inside or away from the door. You can then put up a hook rack on the back of it to hang your coats and even you shoes.

If you don’t need storage, but still need a space-saving separator, use sheer curtains or panels that also let light stream through.


7. Open kitchen

Many one-room apartments in Lagos sport open-plan kitchens which essentially have no physical enclosure for your cooking area.

Adjacent to your stove, which will be horizontal to the wall, place a work table which also has storage space in the form of drawers or cabinets. For tables without drawers or cabinets use baskets, bins or crates to store your vessels or dry food items.

Above your work table or sink you can attach hook racks for your ladles and towels.

8. Kitchen Island

If your kitchen is basically in your living room, creating a kitchen island is a fun and functional way to create a separation. Use a table which can work as a prep area and when extended convert it into a breakfast bar or dining area with stools which can be tucked below the table itself.


9. Bathroom.

In your bathroom, build a cabinet beneath your wash basin to store your bathroom essentials and under wears. Create a trolley around your water closet for hanging your towels and paper roll. Place a hook above on the wall and install a small cabinet to store other items in you bathroom. Place a full length mirror on your entry way (passage) wall to create a larger room illusion.

10. Den

We assure you that having your own personal nook for reading or working is perfectly possible in your studio. You only need to choose the bare essentials which include a chair or a seat, a soft rug or footrest for your feet and a place to keep your laptop, book or coffee.

A cubby nook or window seat is also possible if you live alone and only need a single bed. In this case place a vertical shelving unit on its side ideally up against a wall which has the window. Add a mattress or chair cushions on the top side and you will have your reading nook complete with storage underneath.

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Temitope Bukola

A bright young lady with a passion for business and start-ups. She loves fashion and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Her favorite past-time is reading books and eating. You can reach Bukola through her email

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