Create a Sanctuary: How to Make a Bedroom in a Studio Apartment or LoftWhen you live in a studio or loft apartment, your space becomes an all-in-one area including the kitchen, living space, office corner, and bedroom. If you’re new to renting one of these open-concept apartments, it can seem overwhelming. How can you create a sleep sanctuary in the place where you spend most of your day in? Whether you’re renting a studio in Seattle, WA, or a loft in New York, NY, there are plenty of ways to make a cozy bedroom in your place. To help you get started, we’ve reached out to experts for their best advice on how to make a bedroom in a studio apartment or loft. From scents that promote sleep to storage solutions, here’s how you can create your own sanctuary.
Define what “sanctuary” means for your spaceYour sanctuary – what does that mean? We believe it should be the space in your home that you find most connected to – this space can change the way you feel. If that space is your bedroom, it’s calming, it stimulates relaxation for both body and mind, reconnects you to holistic energy and abundant memories. We believe everyone deserves a great candle. Light them after you kick those shoes off, before a shower, after a day of cleaning, or when you’re expecting family and friends to visit. Your sense of smell is powerful. Say goodbye to old age scents and hello to our Black Vinyasa candle, our exemplary blend of tangerine, daisies, patchouli, ginger, ylang-ylang, amber, palo santo, and musk. A studio sanctuary is a whole different level of comfort and peace with the right scents. – Cheyenne Payne, Misty Dawn Candle Company
The right scents help create your sanctuaryFragrance is single-handedly one of the best ways to give your space its own identity by being an extension of you. Fragrances that are great for creating a peaceful and restful environment typically tend to be earthier scents. Think lavender, sandalwood, rose, bergamot, and sage. These fragrances are known to promote positive relaxing atmospheres. Remember to always burn your candle for at least 4 hours for the very first time, always trim your wick to 1/4th of an inch before every burn, and flip your reeds daily for your reed diffusers to keep your fragrances flowing. – Jamahl A. Grace, Grace+Love Candle Co.
Candles or reed diffusers create the vibe of your studioA personally curated set of signature scented candles is like a playlist for the air in your space. cedar and lavender can help invite calm in the bedroom, light a Palo Santo candle for a sophisticated living scent, use Sequoia Jasmine for a spa-like bath, and enjoy Tomato Leaf in the kitchen. The warm flicker of candlelight adds another dimension of light and warmth to the scent, but if you need scent without a flame, try a reed diffuser, and invert the reeds anytime you wish for an instant aromatherapy boost. – Edgewater Candles
Incorporate items that help you relaxDefining your space is extremely important when working with small quarters. A weighted blanket is a great tool to help promote a relaxing space, giving your bedroom a different feel from the rest of your studio. It’s the perfect way to get big comfort in a small space. – Tuc Blanket
These three tips will help make a bedroom in a studio
- Create a bigger space by using a wall bed or secret storage
- Use a platform bed with storage
- Install glass partitions