Studio apartment with the tiny area may sound terrifying for some people. Especially for those who are used to live in regular houses or big apartments. Vast spaces in terms of habitation convenience seem more luxurious and are definitely a go to for most of us. On the other hand, latest trends show that majority of young and middle-aged people opt for living in the city. It’s easier to socialize or find a job. But big cities have their own rules where the size of a flat doesn’t matter anymore as much as the perfect location. Which means that we are more likely to trade some square meters for a downtown area. Whether you chose this way of living or the decision of living in a tiny flat was put upon you, I bet those myths about small apartment living sound familiar!
I was living in a studio apartment when I decided to move to another city to continue study at the University and work at the same time. I had to pick something affordable and in a good location. As they say, necessity is the mother of invention, I had to overcome many obstacles that living small forced upon me. Years came by and I grew with limited space altogether. I can understand anyone who has doubts on comfort level in such place, that’s why I decided to dispel finally all the misconceptions!
1. Little storage space
The more we own the bigger storage space we need. Success on this field depends on a personal approach to collecting things. I see no problem in having backups of some important items as long as it’s necessary. It means that we can almost keep everything at a small place but the amount of those backups need to be minimized. 2 pair of bedsheets no 20, 2 pots no 20. In case there is still space needed vertical cabinets, mounted on each other come in handy. The key in this matter is to increase storage space without taking it from the floor. Surprisingly we are able to fit a lot more things than we thought!
2. One person only
Among all the myths about small apartment living, this one is my favorite to rebut. If you’re a student and share a dormitory with someone else it’s similar situation. When you are married and share a bedroom it’s, again, similar situation. It should be no problem unless you are a solitary person or just love to have a room just for yourself. In this case shelves unit such as, for example, IKEA Kallax is great as room dividers.
3. Not suitable for social gatherings
As we came to the conclusion that living with someone else in a small flat is in fact not just possible but easy as well another topic emerges. How to fit a group of friends into tiny space? Of course, I don’t mean like 50 people but let’s say up to ten persons. I’ll give you some hints:
– sitting on pillows,
– temporary table,
– sleeping sofa over a huge bed.
And many more things that are similar to open floor plan apartments that I’ve covered here. At the end of the day, we should never give up on friends just because we think our apartment is too small. I guarantee that tiny space guarantee more intimate vibe and coziness so no one will be complaining about the size of a flat. Don’t let myths about small apartment to hold you down.
4. Feels cramped
Oh yes, it does when it’s cluttered. That’s why is so important to organize an apartment in an ergonomic way. To remember about number 1 on this list is crucial, as well as tidying up the whole space regularly. A tidy and clean room will not appear as cramped if we take care of our belongings and everything will have its own place.
5. Only for sleeping
Missed. Just look at the pictures. A variety of desk sizes or special solution for home workers allows us to fit in our home office even into the smallest apartment. When it comes to hobby it’s the same. The functionality of furniture and its arrangement allow us to save some floor space for home exercises, yoga mat or an easel. In case you’re an artist!
Myths about small apartment living may be discouraging for those who are indecisive. I personally think that everyone should keep in mind everything I wrote and consider this as a fully-fledged solution. Sometimes I even think that now I prefer smaller flats just because I know how to handle them and they are challenging me as an interior designer. Nothing obvious but nothing impossible also!
And what do you prefer? Do you see yourself in a tiny apartment? Let me know in comments!
I wish you a fantastic day! Bis Bald, as always.