Everything You Need to Know About Micro Apartments
Size doesn’t always matter, especially when it comes to apartment size.
Let us introduce you to one of the newest apartment living trends — micro apartments. The best way to think of them is the urban version of a tiny home. Here’s everything you need to know about them.
What is a micro unit apartment?
Usually smaller than a studio apartment and averaging between 200 and 400 square feet, micro apartments or micro units are popping up in major cities all over the country. Typically designed as an open-living concept with high ceilings and big windows to create the illusion of more space, they’re a great fit for single residents, as opposed to families or people with roommates. Most are usually designed with efficient furniture, such as Murphy beds and kitchenettes, too.
However, some micro-apartment buildings offer a mix of private rooms and communal spaces, such as bathrooms, large rooftops or lounge rooms. The location of micro apartments, high-end amenities and community features tend to balance out the lack of space for most people who choose micro-living.
What to look for in a micro apartment
When looking for your perfect micro apartment there are some key amenities you should look for before signing a lease.
Architecture and design
The architecture of the building can have an effect on the micro-apartment design. Try to look for micro apartments that have been built with tall ceilings, large windows, balconies or decks because these features will amplify the space. You should also look for space-saving furniture that can serve dual purposes. Here are some examples of how to best design your space.
- Murphy beds: These beds allow you to put your bed away while you’re not using it to clear up some space in the living area. In some cases, Murphy beds have dual functions, such as turning into a desk or storage space. This type of dual-purpose furniture clear up more space in a tiny apartment.
- Loft beds: Using a loft bed is a great way to create extra space in your micro- apartment design. Since your bed is out of the way, you can use the space below for an office, a TV room or anything your mind can dream up.
- Lounge chairs or bean bags: Instead of a large couch that takes up most of your space, consider a nice recliner, beanbag or nest chair to decorate your living room.
- Bar area: Use your kitchen bar area and bar stools instead of a large dining room table. This can help save space while still allowing you to have a dining area in your home.
Common areas and community spaces
Whether they be rooftop patios, gardens, lobbies or club rooms, communal spaces are key elements of many micro-apartment buildings. Since the apartment itself is smaller, these areas offer a great space to work or relax outside of your small space. When looking at a prospective apartment, check out these features offered and make sure they work for you.
Another thing to keep in mind is the community within the micro-apartment complex. The shared space gives micro living a communal feel. This can be very appealing for young residents who are new to the area as a way to meet people and make friends. However, since you could be sharing areas, such as rooftops, kitchens and even bathrooms, in some cases, it might be a good idea to make sure you vet the people with whom you’ll be sharing your space.
Pros and cons of micro-apartment living
Here are some pros and cons to think about before renting a micro apartment.
- Saving money: Micro apartments are a way to live in a big city and save money as they typically cost less than a studio apartment. Since they’re a small space, you won’t need to spend a lot of money on furniture, either.
- Location: Micro units can often be found in the heart of the city, offering breathtaking views and convenience. Being close to restaurants, parks and museums is what makes giving up space worth it for so many people. Also, you can live, work and play within the same area and won’t need to spend a lot of extra money on travel and commuting expenses.
- Space: While the tiny space appeals to some, it’s not meant for everyone. If you enjoy having a separate room for your bed or like to spread out, micro-apartments might not be the best option for you as space is very limited.
- Guests: Living in small spaces makes it difficult to have guests visit, whether for dinner or for a longer stay. These spaces also aren’t ideal for sharing with family or friends.
- Cost: Although micro apartments do tend to cost less than a traditional one or two-bedroom apartment, that doesn’t mean they’re inexpensive. Prime locations and new amenities contribute to their cost.
How much do micro apartments cost?
The cost of micro apartments varies greatly from city to city, but generally, rent is around 70 to 80 percent of what a typical apartment costs.
Although micro apartments can cost more per square footage than a traditional apartment, overall, they’re still more affordable and a great option for mid-income earners who want to live in the city.
Who lives in micro apartments?
While micro apartments can house a large range of ages, they typically target single, 20-somethings or millennials with few possessions and moderately well-paid city jobs. Millennials are taking longer to settle down, making micro living a great option as they’re best suited for single people not families.
They’re a great starting apartment for young renters who are also willing to exchange space for location and convenience and enjoy spending time exploring the city and socializing outside of their apartment. People in this age range don’t want to be tied down to one place. They want to move and explore, which is why renting is best suited for them.
Are micro apartments right for you?
Micro apartments might start popping up in more cities across the world. Although micro living may require you to adjust your lifestyle, they can be a great starter apartment for young people moving to a new city. Not only are they often centered in great locations, but they also offer great amenities, a sense of community and above all, a more affordable way to live alone in a big city.
Published at Thu, 23 Jul 2020 12:00:01 +0000