As you shop for an apartment, you may come across many listings for studio apartments. Do you know what it entails? Knowing the exact layout may help you decide if it’s right for you.
A studio apartment is like one big living space. Every ‘room’ is in one space without doors. The only exception is the bathroom. The bathroom will have a separating wall and door – it’s the law. All other areas including the kitchen, living room, dining room, and even the bedroom are all in one open space.
Typically, you can separate the one large room into ‘areas,’ that you can designate for certain purposes. You can corner off areas for living, like a family room, an area for the kitchen (where the sink and appliances are located), and an area to sleep. You can add your own dividers to make the layout work well for you, but when you look at available spaces – they will be open.
The Difference Between a Studio Apartment and One-Bedroom Apartment
You may confuse the one-bedroom apartment and studio apartment. While they both have room for one bed, the similarities end there.
A one-bedroom apartment has a distinctly separate bedroom. In fact, all rooms in a one-bedroom apartment are separate. You won’t have to configure the layout yourself, as each room’s function will be obvious. The kitchen may be separate from the living area and the bedroom and bathroom are always separated with a door.
The Difference in Studio Apartment Rent Isn’t That Big
Do you assume rent for a studio apartment is less than a one-bedroom apartment? You aren’t alone if you think that way. However, a study done by HotPads, shows that we are wrong. The rent in a one-bedroom apartment is an average of $125 less than studio apartment rent.
Just why this is depends on the area. In metropolitan areas, studio apartments tend to be in the ‘hot’ areas. The areas close to jobs, retail stores, and entertainment. In other words, they are closer to the areas that people want to live. There are also fewer studio apartments in most places than one-bedroom apartments. When the demand for studio apartments are high, but the supply low, the price of rent naturally increases.
Furnishing a Studio Apartment can be Complicated
If you think about it, your studio apartment is one big open area. As you bring your furniture into it, you may find yourself puzzled when trying to fit each piece into a ‘room.’
Fortunately, there are many layout designs online that you can use as guidance for your studio. A few quick tips you can use include:
- Use storage pieces to make separate ‘rooms’
- Use bookshelves or other large pieces of furniture to separate the bedroom from the living area
- Use dividers to create the feeling of separate rooms
The Bathroom is the Only ‘Room’ in a Studio Apartment
Like we said above, it’s the law to have a separate bathroom, even in a studio. Every studio apartment has a separate area with a wall and door. This gives you privacy while keeping up the sanitation of your apartment.
An ‘L’ Shaped Studio May Feel Bigger
If you want a studio apartment that feels like it has separate rooms, look for an ‘L’ shaped apartment. While you won’t have walls separating the rooms, just the layout itself can make it feel more separated. Another trick is finding a studio with high ceilings. This won’t give you more living space; it works as an optical illusion, giving you the feeling of having more space.
Studio Apartments are Different Than Efficiency Apartments
Efficiency apartments and studio apartments may seem like the same thing, but they have differences. Efficiency apartments have smaller kitchens and less available space overall. As the name suggests, it’s an efficient space with just enough room to live adequately.
Studio apartments aren’t large, by any means, but they don’t skimp on space. The largest noticeable area is the kitchen. Studio apartments often have a normal-sized kitchen. An efficiency apartment, on the other hand, has what they refer to as a kitchenette. Everything is on a much smaller scale and takes up much less space.
Studio Apartments are Different Than Micro-Apartments
As the name suggests, a micro-apartment is small, even smaller than a studio. The average micro-apartment measures 100 – 400 square feet. About 20 percent of the area of a micro-apartment is the kitchen, and 10 percent is the bathroom. That leaves just about 70 percent of the area for living space. 70 percentof 200 square feet isn’t a lot of living space, so you’ll need to be efficient with your layout.
Studio apartments are popular in certain areas, but not because of their lower rent. Renters like the efficiency of a studio as well as their favorable locations. Think about your use for an apartment and your ability to configure the layout desired before choosing your apartment.