After my first attempt at designing the layout of a studio flat, I’ve had some more thoughts about the designs and created some more layouts.
Here, as a reminder, is one of the original designs:
I feel that the small utility room (for washing machine, laundry, ironing board etc) doesn’t work at it’s current size and that there also needs to be a storage room or cupboard. So here is a new layout that tries to address some of these concerns. As before, this is a studio flat for a single person in a block of flats. Windows run across the length of the studio room where it meets the balcony.
The utility room is now larger and there is a separate storage room.
Outside the entrance to the flat is a communal corridor. I think it’s important to have an entrance hall rather than a door that simply opens direct into the studio room. The entrance hall and storage room also provide a useful barrier between the communal corridor and the living area. But is the entrance hall too large for a small studio flat like this?
One of the difficulties in designing a studio flat is that the doors to the kitchen, bathroom, and hallway all take up valuable wall space in the studio room. This means less wall space in the studio room for furniture (e.g. wardrobe, desk, bookcase, chest of drawers). This is one of the reasons why, in the layout above, the storage room is entered from the hallway rather than the studio room.
What if we create a combined utility/storage room and shrink the entrance hall?
Here is another layout which gives the studio room more usable wall space.
The entrance hall can now benefit from some direct natural light and the end of the entrance hall could possibly lead directly to the balcony. However, the kitchen is now separated from the studio room. Should the kitchen be separated or the bathroom?
The placement of the doors in the flat is not a trivial decision but one that can strongly influence the flow through the flat and the way it is furnished. For example, in the layout below, the studio room entrance is directly opposite the kitchen entrance so you can move between these two rooms very easily. However, the position of the studio room entrance takes up a potentially prime corner near the balcony window that might be ideal for some other furniture.
It’s interesting to consider how the position of a doorway affects the general feel of a room and the way it can be furnished. Additionally, the relationship of doors to one another (their proximity or distance from one another) is also important. Below are some different door positions for comparison.
Finally, here is what passes for a typical new build studio flat in the UK today. This is from a development of flats in West London.
As always, comments or thoughts on the layouts above are very welcome. If you could live in any of the studio flats above, which would you choose? Or would you choose none?