If you live alone, and are looking for an apartment, you’re probably deciding between a studio and a one bedroom apartment.
Now, don’t get me wrong, you are certainly welcome to rent a two or three bedroom apartment. Sometimes we need the space. However, I’m here to answer this question: to get a one bedroom apartment or a studio?
I’m sure this question has come across your mind. At least once. If not, I’m sure you’re thinking about it now.
So, what is the answer? That’s really up to you.
First, you need to know the difference between the two. A one bedroom apartment has distinct spaces that create separation – bedroom, living room, kitchen, dining room and bathroom. Studios will have the room to allow for these things, just, it is up to you where you want to designate these things.
Relatively, they seem similar, but there are important distinctions that can make a huge difference to you when deciding where to live.
Less upkeeping to do. In a studio where there is less space can benefit you in the cleaning department. You’ll be able to get those chores done in no time.
Saves you money. Almost always, studio apartments are cheaper than the one bedroom apartments offered. Not only will you save money on your rent, but your utilities too! Plus, with less space you won’t need to buy that much furniture.
Everything will be secure. Most of all your things will be under your supervision. You can be in the “kitchen” and see a picture of your friends beside your bed, all the while watching a movie. Studios have a way of making small spaces feel cozy.
More design features available. Compared to the usual drywall, many studio apartments have unique features to choose from like brick walls or exposed ceilings.
There’s limited space. Almost every square foot of space needs to be thoughtfully planned, in order to make the most out of the small space. If you have a lot of belongings, you might need to consider downsizing your possessions or storing them away someplace else.
Everything’s out in the open. If you don’t plan on entertaining, this might not be a big deal to you. However, for those guests that do come over, they might feel like they are imposing on your living space. After all, they’ll be hanging out in your bedroom/living room/kitchen. There will be no distancing from those that want to watch TV, make a phone call, or go to sleep.
One Bedroom Apartment
There’s more space. Rather then purchasing things based on size (although, it’s still a good idea to measure before you buy), you’ll be able to accommodate more things. Each area of your apartment can be separated.
There’s more privacy. There is a door to close between rooms. If your bedroom is messy, you can shut the door when guests come over. If they need to stay the night, there will be enough room for everyone to feel comfortable. If someone else wants to watch TV, you’ll be able to fall asleep peacefully without all the noise and lights.
More in-unit amenity possibilities. The additional space might accommodate some amenities that otherwise couldn’t fit in a studio. For instance, your one bedroom could have a washer and dryer, more than one closet, full-sized appliances and more storage in general.
More expensive. With an increase in square feet, comes an increase in rent and utilities. Plus, with the extra space, you’ll need more furniture, which will cost you more money.
More to clean. You knew it was coming. Along the lines of more furniture, comes the responsibility that you’ll have more to take care of.
Well, there you have it. Some advantages and disadvantages to studio and one-bedroom apartments.
What to decide? That’s up to you.
I can’t tell you which option is better, because we all have our own personal preferences, circumstances, lifestyle, and budget that play a role in deciding something like this.
Whether you decide to live in a studio or a one bedroom apartment, Norhart offers a wide range of floor plans to choose from.