The #1 rule in real estate has always been location, location, location—well that goes tenfold for New York City real estate. Whether you’re a native New Yorker or a transplant, you’re living here for the cultural, educational, and financial opportunities that earned it its moniker of “The Big Apple.” The only thing that’s not big in NYC? Your apartment. A studio apartment may be a small trade for a coveted zip code, but it doesn’t have to feel that way.

5 Tips For Your Studio Apartment

1. Book It

Whether you regularly argue that Holden Caulfield was a phony himself or you own dozens of hollowed-out books because you like the aesthetic if you’ve got a bookcase you’ve got a partial wall. Arrange them perpendicular to your bed or couch to create the illusion of room separation.

2. Netflix and Delineate

Invest in a pull-down screen and a projector to turn a section of your studio into its very own theater. Whether you leave it pulled down all the time or only when you want to watch a movie that doesn’t star your dirty dishes or rolling clothes rack, this room-dividing screen is your next big blockbuster.

3. Color-Code It

Assign specific colors to each section of your studio and decorate accordingly. When you leave your black and charcoal bedroom to shower in your turquoise and white bathroom before brewing a cup of coffee in your blue and orange kitchen and settling onto your couch in your navy and beige living room, you’ll forget you never actually left the room.

4. Bring the Bar Home

OK, maybe not a real bar, but a bar cart will do the trick. Add one in your kitchen to cut off your cooking space from your eating space and you’ll feel a greater level of separation when you sit down to a meal.

5. Make Your Couch’s Back Your Bed’s Foot

It may go against your design instincts, but moving your couch to the foot of your bed will shift the tone of the whole room. Instead of reading or hosting company with your bed in plain view, keep that section of your home separate and face the wall as you would in a standard apartment.

Hopefully, these solutions will make your apartment feel bigger, but unfortunately, that feeling doesn’t come with extra square footage. Contact the experts at Gotham Mini Storage, the premier NYC Manhattan mini storage location for an affordable, 24/7 secure, climate-controlled storage facility in Manhattan that gives you the extra space you need within the zip code you love.