1. Everything is multi-use
My work table was also my kitchen table, crafting table, home theater, and game room. A beanbag is a couch, reading nook, and occasional bed. Your bath towel is now also your kitchen towel. OK, maybe that’s a bit too far. But you understand where I’m going with this.
2. Loft everything you can
Without enough horizontal space to do a proper push-up, your worldly possessions will need to be stored vertically. Lofting a bed gives a ton of extra floor room and creates a cool space underneath for lounging about. I used hanging plants to add color to my unit while conserving desk space, and floating shelves for books and other trinkets.
3. Invest in a few expensive items
You’ve already made the horrible decision to live in space smaller than your childhood bedroom, so why not live it up a little? With the money you’ve saved from cutting your rent in half, invest in a few expensive items that will make your life more comfortable.
Does your micro-studio not have air conditioning? Get a portable air conditioner. Working from home? Purchase a quality desk with a standing option to save space. And if you’re going to sleep in a rabbit hole, get a good mattress so you can at least dream of wide-open spaces.
4. Make a micro-studio a home
It’s the little things that can really help you escape the solitude contained within your four miniscule walls. Sure, I didn’t have a bathroom sink or a door on my closet -- but I damn sure had a vase of fresh flowers and several pieces of framed art on my walls.
5. If all else fails, escape outside
You’ve found multiple uses for your living space, lofted your possessions, invested in some creature comforts, and made your micro-studio a bit more homey... but you still feel like you’re living in a jail cell. Your best bet is to leave and venture outside.