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6 ways to create privacy in studio apartments on budget

Kayla Gulec Kayla Gulec
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After working all day in a crowded office, pushing your way through a crowd of people on the busy city streets, and finally suffering through a drawn-out bus ride cramped with other commuters, the last thing you might want when going home is to interact with others–at least for a moment. But those of us living in studio apartments, say with our significant other, may have a hard time finding peace of mind and quiet reprieve may find it hard to do so.

Just how do you create more privacy in a studio apartment? By taking note of and implementing these tips, of course! We want to take you through a few inexpensive ways you can get more privacy in your small space so even you can feel like you have some space to retreat and breathe. 

If this sounds like just the thing you need, then keep reading!

1. Thin, faceted sliding doors

This is another economical option due to the material used. These faceted sliding doors can be made from wood, plastic, or even metal (depending on your interior design scheme) and separate the larger spaces in the home. So this is the ideal option for really making a visual and spatial difference between bedroom and living room.

2. In the bedroom

The bedroom is the most private space of all in the home, so naturally we wanted to address this first. All you have to do here is set up some kind of room divider. This example shows what a wall addition does to your bedroom space–it creates a cosy hidey-hole for your much needed and much deserved nighttime relaxation.

3. Foldable partitions

This idea works for separating any space in your studio apartment, and boy are they economic options. Foldable partitions like this one can get pricey the more ornate you go, but simple yet classy designs like this don't usually range above 200MYR, and even that's a bit over-the-top. 

The foldable partitions here are used to create a small lounge area, but you could use it for the bedroom, to separate the living room from the kitchen or dining room, or you could even use them as dress curtains.

4. Sliding bookcase

Here's an innovative idea for the book worms out there. To get more privacy in your home office or study, implement a few sliding bookshelves so you can be left in peace and have all your necessary literature within arm's reach.

Of course, this is the budget piece, so here are a couple alternatives if you don't want to shell out all that money for a proper sliding bookcase!

–Position two bookshelves on either side of the entrance to the room. This way, it creates the illusion of half doors and your office will feel more secluded.

–Place one large bookshelf right in the centre of the entrance. Make sure it's not so big that you can't get past it, but you do want it large enough to create a visual block to the room. Then you can hide safely behind a wall of literature as you slave away at your master's thesis.

5. For the bathroom

Frosted Glass Sliding Door partition in Cambridge by Go Glass Ltd Modern
Go Glass Ltd

Frosted Glass Sliding Door partition in Cambridge

Go Glass Ltd

Now let's get to the bathroom, because naturally this area needs privacy options too. Frosted sliding glass doors are perfect for making sure no one can check you out while you're in your birthday suit coming from the shower. They're also good because they don't compromise light circulation. And the best thing is, you won't need to sacrifice a lot of space to have them either.

7. Curtains indoors

Curtains aren't just great for privacy when it comes to onlookers peeping in your windows. They can also be used to separate spaces inside and give your bedroom, living room, or dining room a little more intimacy. Use it to make distinctions between kitchen and living area, or for your bedroom if you have a setup like this one that combines bed and bath space.

If you're looking for more things to do with your studio apartment, then you might get a few new ideas by browsing through this list of the 10 best one-room apartments!

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