Studio apartments, sometimes called bachelor suits, are often confused with one-bedrooms. They are in fact usually two rooms, a bathroom and a large space with a kitchen in the corner. The elephant in the room of course is that by that nature the studio apartment is usually smaller than a one-bedroom. While that can be a problem, particularly for couples who need some alone time, the more unique living style does offer some interesting possibilities.
The most obvious advantage is a financial one; the rent is much cheaper in a studio apartment, and utilities are usually cheaper as well as it’s a smaller space. There are a number of advantages here. Imagine you’re trying to find a downtown Winnipeg apartment, the rent of a studio could open up options in the neighborhood that might otherwise not be accessible. It can also allow you to save significant amounts of money and avoid a roommate.
Studio apartments are often referred to as “efficiency apartments”, which is another enormous aspect of living in a studio. Many take delight in concocting clever ways to create multifaceted spaces. This can be using a futon as a bed at the most basic level, or perhaps something a little more involved like a trunk in place of a coffee table, offering storage in addition to a surface. You also need to start to think of space vertically, whether a floor to ceiling storage set or shelves on the walls, to storing your clothes in a vertical stack. Admittedly people like me, short people, are at something of a disadvantage here.
A studio apartment encourages you not to hoard things. People sometimes find it liberating to need to carefully consider their purchases so as not to clutter. It lets them easily cut down on unneeded expenses and makes them much more aware of how much they own. It also encourages people to upcycle. This can be particularly enticing for the crafty and is an easy way to make your life a little greener.
There are a couple things to keep in mind if you are considering a studio apartment. First is the bathroom. You will have some limited storage; decide what you want to keep in there and make maximum use of space. It is one of two places that will have stationary installations for storage, and it is important to know what you are working with. When viewing the place, also make sure the bathroom is in a separate space that can be sealed off, just to offer yourself a little privacy. Second, have more than enough seating to entertain guests, especially if you opt for a bed rather than a futon. You probably do not want people to need to hang out on your bed, and you don’t want to be limited in having people over because they have nowhere to sit.
Studio apartments broaden your options on where you can live, and can be a fantastic way to save money, but it is important that you know what to expect.