If you’re thinking of restyling that small room you never use in order to turn it into your study, this article is for you: learn the tricks to make the most out of a small space.
Simple desk and chairs
It goes without saying that you need to say goodbye to that huge oak desk you’ve always dreamed of! If it’s a small space we’re dealing with, a minimal desk without drawers is the best choice: you’ll have room to stretch your legs and, if necessary, you can always store a couple of boxes or large folders underneath it. The same goes for the chairs. Wait, what are we saying? The chair: one is all you need!
There’s really no limit to how minimal a desk can be: a metal desk painted in a primary color is as basic and functional as it gets.
Open shelves are a great way to move things like books and binders off your desk’s surface: a series of shelves along the wall will look light as feathers and create the illusion of larger walls. This is most definitely the best option if you really don’t have the space for an actual shelving system.
It might be smart to think about investing into custom furniture. True, it might turn out to be a bit more expensive than you estimated, but the risk of not getting custom furniture is to end up with an extremely cramped space. Alternatively, you can always get modular pieces of furniture which you’ll be able to adapt to your needs anyway, so cheer up! Life's not that bad.
Is there room for a bit of comfort?
We’re assuming your study is really small; too small even for a tiny, upholstered armchair? The reason why we’re suggesting to place an armchair too in your study room is that from time to time, you might want to take a break from your work, and what’s better than being able to crash on a richly cushioned armchair? Plus, if you get one that’s bright and vivid enough, it will make for a touch of originality and liveliness that will add to the atmosphere of the room.
There’s nothing to worry about if you don’t have enough room for a comfy armchair: you can still make your minimal chair comfier by placing a couple of soft pillows on it. We suggest putting some care into this selection: spend some time into choosing the right colors and texture for your fabric. Tip: use a few different but coordinated fabrics to brighten up your study!
It’s sort of a given that if you’re decorating a small room, the walls should be painted in very pale shades, if not painted white. Paler shades create the optical illusion of a larger space, so that should be your go-to here. However, if you don’t enjoy the idea of your study looking plain and white, we have an idea for you: why don’t you look for an off-white and decorative wallpaper? For instance, the one that’s pictured below will transform your study into a mysterious, gray and white forest.
Check the time
If this is a room where you study or work, you need to keep the time under check. True, this is something you could do with your phone… but are you sure that’s wise? If you’re like us and you get easily distracted by texts and notifications, the best solution for you is to place an actual watch or clock in the room. As there’s just a limited number of surfaces here, and you’ll need most of them as storage space, we would go for a wall clock. As for the design, it can’t be extravagant: it would look too eccentric in such a small room. At the same time, do yourself a favor and get something classier than a plastic clock: have you ever considered marble?
Do you need walls?
What if you don’t actually have a separate room? For example, you might be sharing a small apartment with your significant other, and the only space you have for your desk and chair is a shared area in the living room. What then? We think you should give glass partitions a try. They won’t isolate you completely, but they will still create the illusion of a separate space, and they can be pretty decorative too! How about these acid etched glass partitions?