Based on the increased need for urban housing, many large cities across the globe have housing in short supply. The rent in the big cities, such as Los Angeles, New York City or San Francisco is extremely high. There has been a trend for these cities to look at building micro apartments ranging from 220 square feet to 300 square feet. The smaller units are rented at a lower amount, making it more affordable for recent college graduates or young professionals to move to the big city. These apartments are close to major business areas and transportation in the city.
The micro apartments average 300 square feet with some spaces actually being even smaller. The room has a kitchen, living space and a bathroom in different configurations. With micro-apartments or even studio apartments, you will need to be very creative with your furniture, storage and belongings. Furniture will need to serve multiple purposes in the room. A micro-apartment dweller will need to be very organized and use every nook and cranny in the allotted space. You will not be able to clutter the spaces in these apartments with a lot of “stuff”.
Tips for living in smaller spaces
Each piece of furniture or storage cupboard in the space will have to be functional as well as decorative. If there is enough room in the space to have a bed, separate the bedroom area off from the rest of the space by using a curtain, room divider or shelving units. Create zones in your room for sleeping, eating and entertaining. Use as much vertical storage that you can. This is especially important in the bathroom. Use vertical storage units above the toilet. In the closet, add shelving if there is room. Use ultra-thin hangers to hang clothing as they take up less space. In the kitchen, only buy essential utensils and accessories. You will not have room to store your larger kitchen accessories in such a small space. A great tip is not to store a lot of perishable items in your kitchen cabinets. Limit the amount of food that you have on hand to what you will use in a few weeks. Perishable food items can take up lots of space in your cupboards. Do not clutter your counters and kitchen sink with dirty dishes. Wash the dishes and pans soon after use and return them to their proper storage area.
What do you do if all off your belongings won’t fit into a studio or micro-apartment? The best solution is to rent a storage unit. It is important to find a storage facility that is near you apartment so you can easily access your items when you need them. Storage units are perfect to store clothes, suitcases and boxes of personal belongings that you cannot throw away. Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes at their 6 Los Angeles and Orange Counties locations. Stop in to one these locations near you to find out how self storage can help with your micro-apartment storage issues!