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What Is a Studio Apartment?

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Studio apartments are considered to be small, inexpensive apartments that are frequently found in cities, but may be found anywhere. They are also referred to as efficiency apartments. Studio apartments feature one large room that will contain a kitchen area, a living area, and an area for sleeping. The bathroom is the only separate room, along with a few closets. Generally, studio apartments are much less expensive than traditional apartments, though they feature other benefits and drawbacks as well.

Sometimes, a studio apartment will feature partial dividing walls between the sleeping area and the other areas. Though this type of apartment will never feature separate rooms with doors, the partial dividing walls can provide a bit more privacy if guests are visiting. If the apartment does not feature these dividing walls, many people choose to add small folding partitions to separate the bed from the rest of the apartment. The partitions can be quite attractive, and add to the decor of the apartment.

In addition to being inexpensive to rent, studio apartments also have lower utility bills than larger apartments. Because they are smaller and more efficient, they cost less to heat, and electricity bills are generally much lower. However, there are some definite drawbacks to renting a studio apartment.

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The main drawback to a studio apartment is limited space. If you have a lot of possessions, there is a good chance that you will need to get creative with storing items in your apartment, or place some of them in storage. Flat boxes designed to be hidden under a bed are often used to increase storage space, and you can also store some items in empty luggage. These storage solutions will only go so far.

In addition, most studio apartments only feature kitchenettes, a smaller version of a traditional kitchen, in which the working area, and even the appliances, are somewhat miniaturized. If you enjoy cooking or entertaining friends, it may be more difficult to do so in a studio apartment. Carefully choosing furniture and decor for these small apartments is essential; most people find that minimal designs without clutter go a long way towards making the apartment look cleaner and larger. For example, one could use a futon as a couch during the day, and a bed at night, is a great way to save space in a small apartment.

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latte31
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Sunshine31 - I think that if you have a studio apartment you should use a lot of furniture that also has storage potential.

Many ottomans and coffee tables allow for storage inside. You can also place small units that allow you to buy storage drawers so that you can put everything away in its place and avoid the clutter that sometimes comes from small spaces.

There are also storage bins that you can slide underneath a futon or a bed that will make the room look more organized.

sunshine31
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Sneakers41 - I just wanted to say that my first apartment was a cute studio apartment. It was a cheap studio apartment but it was in a nice safe area.

I know that many people look for a luxury studio apartment in areas where the apartments tend to be more expensive.

For example, my sister in law is currently renting a loft studio apartment in lower Manhattan for $3,000 a month.

Since this area is so expensive many people look for studio apartment listings so that they could find something they could afford.

The same is true for oceanfront beach property. Some people look for a furnished studio apartment so that they could enjoy the beach without paying a much higher price for a one or two bedroom apartment.

sneakers41
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I think that a lot of first time renters look for studio apartment listings in order to find their first apartment.

Studio apartments for rent tend to be cheaper than a one bedroom and since it is your first apartment you do not have to worry about buying a lot of furnishings because you will not have the space.

You will need to buy a futon that can act as a couch and foldout to a bed. You can also buy a sofa bed, but futons tend to be more inexpensive.

You might even be able to find a furnished studio apartment but the rent will probably be higher for the added convenience. Many corporate apartments that companies rent for their employees are like this.

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