Creative Ways to Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment

Creative Ways to Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment

Studio apartments are a great way to get into your own space while saving on rent, but arranging your space can be a little tricky. Even if you live by yourself, you might not want your sleeping area to just be out in the open. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to create divisions in your space to give you a little more privacy when you're in bed.

Method 1 of 11:
Put up a folding screen for a portable option.

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Place a folding screen beside your bed to create some privacy. These screens typically fold into 3 or 4 sections, and they come in a huge array of styles. They're usually pretty lightweight, so it's easy to unfold the screen when you want to block off your bedroom area. Then, if you want to open the space back up, you can simply fold up the screen and lean it against a wall. [1] X Research source Choose a screen with mesh, glass, or an open frame if you want to create a visual border without totally blocking the view. That way, you'll be able to see all the cool design elements in your apartment, but your bedroom will still be private.[2] X Expert Source Patricia Penker Patricia Penker
Interior Designer Expert Interview. 30 September 2020. As a bonus, you can move the screen anytime there are any other areas you need to hide, like if your kitchen is a mess.
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Method 2 of 11:
Use an open bookshelf to create a divider.

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Set up a bookshelf beside your bed, then fill the shelves with your favorite decor. Fill the shelves with books, statues, decorative bowls, and anything else eye-catching that you really love. If you can find a bookshelf with open shelving, opt for that—the apartment will feel more spacious if it isn't blocked off, and you'll also be able to see your decorations from the front and back of the shelf. [3] X Expert Source Patricia Penker Patricia Penker
Interior Designer Expert Interview. 30 September 2020. A cubby-style bookshelf is perfect for this! As a bonus, you can put decorative boxes into the cubbies for added storage. If all you have is a closed bookshelf, it's probably best to turn it so the shelves are facing the outside of the room. However, if you prefer, you could turn the shelves facing into the bedroom area, then hang art on the back of the shelf.
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Method 3 of 11:
Place a dresser or armoire beside the bed to separate it.

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Use furniture as a wall for a solution that's effective and practical. When you're figuring out the arrangement for your apartment, you might naturally gravitate toward placing it against the walls. However, you can use your furniture to create barriers that will define different spaces within the studio. This is especially helpful for your bedroom area, where you'll likely need a little extra storage for clothing. [4] X Research source If you want to keep an open line of sight throughout the apartment, use long, low furniture, like a horizontal dresser or a desk. As long as the furniture is a little taller than the bed, it will add some privacy to the space. For even more privacy, you could use taller furniture, like an armoire.
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Method 4 of 11:
Try a free-standing garment rack to create visual separation.

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Place a garment rack close to your bed, then fill it with your very favorite clothes. This will create a visual divide that separates your bedroom from the rest of the apartment. It's a practical way to add more room for clothes, and it also allows you to admire your greatest designer buys or thrift-store snags! [5] X Research source To create a cohesive look, stick to a simple color palette for the clothes you hang on the rack. For instance, you might opt for all neutrals if your style is more modern. However, you could display clothes in bold, warm colors for a pop, or you could even stick to all animal prints to show off your wild side! If you like the idea of using a garment rack but clothes aren't really your thing, hang planters filled with pretty trailing plants, instead.
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Method 5 of 11:
Create a cozy nook with a canopy bed.

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Hang fabric from the canopy and posts to create a sense of privacy. Use lightweight fabric—something sheer and drapey will look especially romantic. When you're ready for bed, just close the fabric to give you a feeling that you're in your own little world. [6] X Research source You can do something similar by hanging fabric from the posts of a normal bed, but it can be hard to secure it so it doesn't slip off.
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Method 6 of 11:
Install a Murphy bed that you can hide away entirely.

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Save space with a Murphy bed that you can fold away during the daytime. Murphy beds are perfect for small spaces because you don't have to dedicate an entire area of your home to being a bedroom. Just mount the Murphy bed system to the wall. When it's time to sleep, lower the bed and climb in. Then, in the morning, simply fold the bed back into the wall, and enjoy your open space! [7] X Research source Murphy beds are available in a wide range of styles. For instance, a simple Murphy bed might just look like a cabinet when it's folded up, whereas more elaborate systems might seem to disappear into the wall completely when they're closed.
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Method 7 of 11:
Opt for a fold-out sofa for an inexpensive solution.

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Purchase a sofa or chair that pulls out into a bed when you're not using it. You can usually find these in budget-friendly options, so you're not having to make a big commitment. Also, even if you move into a bigger place later, these tend to come in handy when you have company. [8] X Research source Trundle beds are a good option, as well—these are made to slide out from under another piece of furniture (like a couch) when you need them.[9] X Research source
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Method 8 of 11:
Maximize your vertical space with a loft bed.

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Build or purchase a loft bed, then make use of the space underneath. Lifting your bed off the ground will give you more privacy since it won't be right in anyone's line of sight. Then, you can use the area under the bed as added storage space. [10] X Research source If you lift the bed high enough, you can even put a desk or a little sitting area underneath it.
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Method 9 of 11:
Fit a bed into your walk-in closet if you have one.

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Measure your closet, then choose a bed that will fit neatly inside. Not all studio apartments have walk-in closets, but if yours does, you may be able to convert it into a small sleeping area. Just find a mattress that will slide into the space, then hang a small light from the wall or ceiling. [11] X Research source If you don't like the feeling of being closed in, consider replacing the closet door with a screen or curtains. Use garment racks or an armoire to hold your clothing, since your closet will be taken up.
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Method 10 of 11:
Hang curtains from the ceiling to close off your bedroom area.

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Install brackets on your ceiling and stretch a curtain rod between them. Then, hang curtains from the rod to create a room divider. You can easily slide the curtains closed when you want more privacy and open them again when you want to let in more light. [12] X Research source Sheer curtains will give the room a light, airy look. Or, you could use the curtains to add a pop of color to your space. Install a track system for more stability if your curtains need to stretch over a wide area.
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Method 11 of 11:
Install a floating wall for a more permanent solution.

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Hire a contractor to build a free-standing wall just beside your bed. You can even choose to install a half-height wall if you don't want to entirely block the line of sight in the apartment. Just keep in mind that if you're renting, you'll need written permission from the owner before you have any construction done inside your apartment. [13] X Research source Glass partitions are a stylish option that will create a cozy space around your bed while still allowing you to see into the rest of the apartment.[14] X Research source If you can't make any permanent changes to the apartment, consider installing movable walls. That way, you can change the arrangement of the bedroom whenever you want to, and you can remove them when you move out.[15] X Research source
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Method 1 of 11:
Put up a folding screen for a portable option.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 1
1
Place a folding screen beside your bed to create some privacy. These screens typically fold into 3 or 4 sections, and they come in a huge array of styles. They're usually pretty lightweight, so it's easy to unfold the screen when you want to block off your bedroom area. Then, if you want to open the space back up, you can simply fold up the screen and lean it against a wall. [1] X Research source Choose a screen with mesh, glass, or an open frame if you want to create a visual border without totally blocking the view. That way, you'll be able to see all the cool design elements in your apartment, but your bedroom will still be private.[2] X Expert Source Patricia Penker Patricia Penker
Interior Designer Expert Interview. 30 September 2020. As a bonus, you can move the screen anytime there are any other areas you need to hide, like if your kitchen is a mess.
Advertisement

Method 2 of 11:
Use an open bookshelf to create a divider.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 2
1
Set up a bookshelf beside your bed, then fill the shelves with your favorite decor. Fill the shelves with books, statues, decorative bowls, and anything else eye-catching that you really love. If you can find a bookshelf with open shelving, opt for that—the apartment will feel more spacious if it isn't blocked off, and you'll also be able to see your decorations from the front and back of the shelf. [3] X Expert Source Patricia Penker Patricia Penker
Interior Designer Expert Interview. 30 September 2020. A cubby-style bookshelf is perfect for this! As a bonus, you can put decorative boxes into the cubbies for added storage. If all you have is a closed bookshelf, it's probably best to turn it so the shelves are facing the outside of the room. However, if you prefer, you could turn the shelves facing into the bedroom area, then hang art on the back of the shelf.
Advertisement

Method 3 of 11:
Place a dresser or armoire beside the bed to separate it.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 3
1
Use furniture as a wall for a solution that's effective and practical. When you're figuring out the arrangement for your apartment, you might naturally gravitate toward placing it against the walls. However, you can use your furniture to create barriers that will define different spaces within the studio. This is especially helpful for your bedroom area, where you'll likely need a little extra storage for clothing. [4] X Research source If you want to keep an open line of sight throughout the apartment, use long, low furniture, like a horizontal dresser or a desk. As long as the furniture is a little taller than the bed, it will add some privacy to the space. For even more privacy, you could use taller furniture, like an armoire.
Advertisement

Method 4 of 11:
Try a free-standing garment rack to create visual separation.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 4
1
Place a garment rack close to your bed, then fill it with your very favorite clothes. This will create a visual divide that separates your bedroom from the rest of the apartment. It's a practical way to add more room for clothes, and it also allows you to admire your greatest designer buys or thrift-store snags! [5] X Research source To create a cohesive look, stick to a simple color palette for the clothes you hang on the rack. For instance, you might opt for all neutrals if your style is more modern. However, you could display clothes in bold, warm colors for a pop, or you could even stick to all animal prints to show off your wild side! If you like the idea of using a garment rack but clothes aren't really your thing, hang planters filled with pretty trailing plants, instead.
Advertisement

Method 5 of 11:
Create a cozy nook with a canopy bed.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 5
1
Hang fabric from the canopy and posts to create a sense of privacy. Use lightweight fabric—something sheer and drapey will look especially romantic. When you're ready for bed, just close the fabric to give you a feeling that you're in your own little world. [6] X Research source You can do something similar by hanging fabric from the posts of a normal bed, but it can be hard to secure it so it doesn't slip off.
Advertisement

Method 6 of 11:
Install a Murphy bed that you can hide away entirely.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 6
1
Save space with a Murphy bed that you can fold away during the daytime. Murphy beds are perfect for small spaces because you don't have to dedicate an entire area of your home to being a bedroom. Just mount the Murphy bed system to the wall. When it's time to sleep, lower the bed and climb in. Then, in the morning, simply fold the bed back into the wall, and enjoy your open space! [7] X Research source Murphy beds are available in a wide range of styles. For instance, a simple Murphy bed might just look like a cabinet when it's folded up, whereas more elaborate systems might seem to disappear into the wall completely when they're closed.
Advertisement

Method 7 of 11:
Opt for a fold-out sofa for an inexpensive solution.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 7
1
Purchase a sofa or chair that pulls out into a bed when you're not using it. You can usually find these in budget-friendly options, so you're not having to make a big commitment. Also, even if you move into a bigger place later, these tend to come in handy when you have company. [8] X Research source Trundle beds are a good option, as well—these are made to slide out from under another piece of furniture (like a couch) when you need them.[9] X Research source
Advertisement

Method 8 of 11:
Maximize your vertical space with a loft bed.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 8
1
Build or purchase a loft bed, then make use of the space underneath. Lifting your bed off the ground will give you more privacy since it won't be right in anyone's line of sight. Then, you can use the area under the bed as added storage space. [10] X Research source If you lift the bed high enough, you can even put a desk or a little sitting area underneath it.
Advertisement

Method 9 of 11:
Fit a bed into your walk-in closet if you have one.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 9
1
Measure your closet, then choose a bed that will fit neatly inside. Not all studio apartments have walk-in closets, but if yours does, you may be able to convert it into a small sleeping area. Just find a mattress that will slide into the space, then hang a small light from the wall or ceiling. [11] X Research source If you don't like the feeling of being closed in, consider replacing the closet door with a screen or curtains. Use garment racks or an armoire to hold your clothing, since your closet will be taken up.
Advertisement

Method 10 of 11:
Hang curtains from the ceiling to close off your bedroom area.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 10
1
Install brackets on your ceiling and stretch a curtain rod between them. Then, hang curtains from the rod to create a room divider. You can easily slide the curtains closed when you want more privacy and open them again when you want to let in more light. [12] X Research source Sheer curtains will give the room a light, airy look. Or, you could use the curtains to add a pop of color to your space. Install a track system for more stability if your curtains need to stretch over a wide area.
Advertisement

Method 11 of 11:
Install a floating wall for a more permanent solution.

Image titled Hide a Bed in a Studio Apartment Step 11
1
Hire a contractor to build a free-standing wall just beside your bed. You can even choose to install a half-height wall if you don't want to entirely block the line of sight in the apartment. Just keep in mind that if you're renting, you'll need written permission from the owner before you have any construction done inside your apartment. [13] X Research source Glass partitions are a stylish option that will create a cozy space around your bed while still allowing you to see into the rest of the apartment.[14] X Research source If you can't make any permanent changes to the apartment, consider installing movable walls. That way, you can change the arrangement of the bedroom whenever you want to, and you can remove them when you move out.[15] X Research source
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