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Making Space with Studio Apartments

Updated on June 3, 2009

Making Space with Studio Apartments

Studio apartments where one big living space doubles or triples up as kitchen, bedroom and living room are the newest rage this season. Historians of real estate say that studio apartments first became popular during the Renaissance. Most recently they became fashionable in Manhattan where the soaring price of real estate meant that little else was affordable. Now studio apartments have reached almost all the big cities but for slightly different reasons. They are economical, trendy and convenient and they are on offer from the city’s agents and brokers.

With more and more youngsters choosing to move away from home and setting up their own houses, a compact living quarter that fits in “my whole world” is the call of the day. Builders and brokers too have realized the potential and the classifieds now offer ‘studio apartments’ at affordable rates. Compact in the true sense of the word, the apartment is essentially an open space sans walls and partitions. The vast living space gives the owner a better chance to decide how to structure the apartment and where he or she wants to place the bed or the gas stove. But there are a clutch of rules that must be followed if you want to make apartment living a success.

First, it’s important to understand the essentials of small space living and making the most of every bit of space you have. Think priorities. How do you want to use your space? Do you work at home? Do you like to entertain? Do you need room for exercise equipments? Are you an avid reader with a need for a big cozy chair with great light? Consider these options and if possible get a floor map from your landlord before you move in.

Since, the main reason for living in a studio apartment is availability to open space, try to avoid heavy furniture. Go in for foldable chairs, cushions, mattresses and lightweight furniture. Always think vertical, as you don’t want eat into the surface area. Storage too is another big issue and most studio apartments provide in-built closets and storage rooms.
Another key issue is placement of the kitchen. Ideally, the kitchen must overlook the window or be placed right next to the main door. Proper ventilation and easy mobility too must be considered while decorating the floor map. Studio apartments offer you a lot of options. You can easily have an open kitchen on one side and club in both the living space and bedroom on the other.

Simple inclusions like a foldable screen or curtain can give you privacy too. Else, you can merge the living room and the kitchen. It will give the look of a modernistic kitchen that is a part of the living room. You can make it as simple as you want. Even bedding, a few cushions and a small table or cupboard can be very new and simple. The concept however, works for only for specific types of people. Several people who showed interest in studio apartments were noticed to be people who are mostly single and living alone.


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      Morris Streak 

      8 years ago from UK

      I think it's that so much potential a studio apartment has, along with the renter who doesn't know what she wants, that screws up decor and layout plans. Recently out of college and gotten-a-job and own-their-own people go for studio apartments, thinking they might always have the time to learn about how to balance their work hours, work out hours, and spending time with friends hours. You're right in that one really has to define one's priorities and commit to them, otherwise the apartment becomes a stop over for friends, and then suddenly the renter's parents' furniture looks suddenly old and odd.


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