Danube home ex­pert

Your dec­o­rat­ing and DIY ques­tions solved by the in­te­ri­ors spe­cial­ist

Friday - - Living -

Q Un­til re­cently I’ve al­ways lived with my fam­ily but, fol­low­ing a new job, I’m now plan­ning to set up home on my own in a stu­dio flat. Can you give me some sug­ges­tions for fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories?

A Con­grat­u­la­tions on mov­ing into your own space. Start your flat-fur­ni­ture hunt by ask­ing your­self th­ese ques­tions: Will you be spend­ing a lot of time at home? Will you be en­ter­tain­ing? Or will this sim­ply be a space to crash out for the night?

If you’re sim­ply look­ing for a sleep­ing space then get your­self a com­fort­able bed, a wardrobe, a bean­bag, a ta­ble and you’re good to go.

But, as­sum­ing your stu­dio will be a fully fledged liv­ing space, here are some sug­ges­tions:

Be­gin by cre­at­ing a clean can­vas. This means hav­ing freshly painted nude or pas­tel walls and a clean floor stripped of all traces of old car­pets. Now you can go fur­ni­ture shop­ping.

Avoid over-dec­o­rated, bulky fur­ni­ture. Choose mul­ti­func­tional units and en­sure there is in­built stor­age space. I rec­om­mend clean, mod­ern fur­ni­ture in light colours. You can in­tro­duce colour in small pieces such as bean­bags, bed linen and cush­ions.

Con­sider a sofa-bed or a bed with stor­age units at the bot­tom. A bunk bed with a desk or stor­age space at the lower level is a great op­tion too. A small sofa plus low cof­fee ta­ble is a must. Also get your­self a shelv­ing unit, a TV con­sole and a bean­bag. A small ta­ble with two chairs can be used to study and eat. If you’ve builtin wardrobes, ex­cel­lent. If you don’t, get a wardrobe with hang­ing space as well as shelves and draw­ers.

Zone off your stu­dio flat – the main door should lead into a liv­ing area, with the bed­room area be­hind it. Place your tele­vi­sion on a wall and a small con­sole be­low it. This will an­chor the tele­vi­sion as well as cre­ate a top for party snacks. Keep all your AV equip­ment plus CDs/DVDs in the con­sole and make it your one-stop en­ter­tain­ment unit.

Sep­a­rate the ‘bed­room’ by us­ing a large, multi-pur­pose shelv­ing unit. Choose the strong­est and most stylish that you can af­ford, as this will be the cen­tre of at­ten­tion. Store books, dishes and sou­venirs on the up­per shelves. Use the lower shelves to place bas­kets or draw­ers that can hold a va­ri­ety of things. Place your bed on the other side of this ‘di­vider’. If you have room, place a tiny bed­side ta­ble, again with draw­ers, on the side and a small rug on the floor.

Place the desk/din­ing ta­ble and chairs in one cor­ner with a hang­ing lamp above. A small sofa for two, low cof­fee ta­ble with a rug be­low, bean­bag, two box seats or gar­den stools and large, colour­ful floor cush­ions should round off your liv­ing area.

Now that you have your stu­dio sorted out, per­son­alise your space with­out over­crowd­ing. A favourite piece of wall art or quirky cush­ion cov­ers can liven up a room. Place your of­ten-read books and hol­i­day sou­venirs on the shelv­ing unit – and your flat is now a home.

Adel Sa­jan Di­rec­tor, Danube Build­mart

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