Five studio apartments that make great use of their limited space

At 186 East 2nd Street, a studio (listed at $495,000) with exposed brick walls and a decorative fireplace also includes an ingenious platform sleeping area separated from the living/dining space with a sliding glass door. Tucked into the platform is a pullout bed for guests and extra storage.

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Think studio apartments are all poky and depressing? Think again. Thanks to some clever architectural and design tricks, a one-room apartment can feel just plenty roomy and spacious. Here, a handful of great examples of homes that make the most of the space they've got. 

Clever use of modular bookcases divide a roomy sleeping area from an equally spacious living area within this 821-square foot studio condo at 258 St Nicholas Avenue (on the market for $849,000) in Central Harlem.

Floor-to-ceiling windows provide plenty of natural light in this bright and airy, 744 square-foot one-room condo at 200 Chambers Street (going for $1.098 million), which—thanks to an alcove floor plan—offers distinct areas for sleeping, living/dining, and cooking.

High, barrel-vaulted brick ceilings, original cast-iron columns, and dark-stained floors give this rectangular north-facing one-room apartment at 9 Barrow Street in the West Village (yours for $675,000) a loft-like look. The Murphy bed allows for extra floorspace when needed.

A kitchen island that doubles as a dining table, plus a partial wall—accented in bold pink wallpaper!—that create a decently-sized bedroom/office are just two of the ingenious ways this L-shaped studio at 2 Fifth Avenue (asking price: $825,000) is maximized for space.