Studio Livin’: The Pros and Cons

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Like most things in life, studio apartments have good aspects and bad. You may be on the fence about whether or not claustrophobia will kick in during month 3, or be convinced that you’ll have the time of your life living comfy and cozy. Wherever you see yourself living, it’s important to take in all of the details so that you can make an informed choice. Here are 3 potential pros and cons to studio living.


1. Space

One of the most enjoyable aspects of living in a studio is that you don’t have to worry about decorating multiple rooms or keeping a huge space spick and span. The benefit of being able to concentrate on one consolidated living space brings a sense of accomplishment. Every time you walk into your apartment and see everything in their own respective place, you’ll feel at home. With a consolidated living space, it’s also easier to keep track of things, so no more misplacing important items.

It’s also easier to get up and go. Less space means less of a financial burden. If you’re a career driven individual, or an avid traveler who always likes to be on the road, why waste the extra money on a one or two bedroom apartment? If you want to be spontaneous and take off, you’ll have a few extra bucks to do so.

2. Comfortability

This depends on your living situation. If you have a family, you obviously don’t want to be required to sleep in the same room as your kids. But if it’s just you and a significant other, there’s nothing more intimate than a studio. A nice romantic gesture is easily accomplished by decorating the room so that the second he or she walks in the door, they’re enraptured. Even if in reality, it took you 15 minutes, some rose petals, a few chocolates, and some scented candles, it will still look like you spent your entire day.

Studios are also excellent for those days that you’re in a lazy mood. There’s nothing better than curling up in a ball on a rainy Sunday and watching football or your favorite TV show. When you do want to stay home, studio living can be sublimely reposeful.

3. No Roommates

It’s simply nice to be master of your own domain. If you’re single, this is especially true. One of the perks to being single is having complete control over your life and what you do. Roommates can hinder that. So, if you’re single and can’t afford the one-bedroom apartment, you might want to opt into the studio over the 2-bedroom shared apartment.

The other aspect of this is that often times, if you’re looking for a roommate, you won’t have any idea what you’re getting into prior to living with them. Even if you know your potential roommate, living with people can be very different than socializing with them. If you’re not absolutely sure of your potential roommates, it’s probably best to stick with the studio.


1. Space

If you’ve lived in a studio apartment, you know that the lack of space can be frustrating. It is one of the most beneficial aspects of a studio, but it can also drive you nuts. There is little storage, making even the smallest amount of overcrowding feel suffocating. If you like to use a bike for transportation, you might as well plan for the bike being part of the decor. Having a dinner table is tricky too. Most likely you’ll be eating your meals at the kitchen bar (if you have one), or your bed. 

The opportunity to entertain guests is also limited. You can get creative and try to decorate the place so that it is warm and inviting for guests, but it’s difficult to make the transition between bedroom and living room smooth. After all, they’re in the same room. For some reason, it’s hard to get past the awkwardness of guests seeing where you sleep.

2. Comfortability

There are days off that are best spent in a warm little nook, snuggled up under the covers. But there are also days off that are best spent lounging luxuriously on a couch or recliner. While you may have the opportunity to do both in a studio, again, it’s difficult to accomplish without feeling like you’re cramped. You might be lucky to have enough space to do so, but even if you do, there is something rewarding about making it to the couch in the other room on your day off.

3. No Roommates

If you’re single, it can be amazing having no roommates and being the residing lawmaker of your home. It can also be lonely. There’s nothing worse than having a terrible day at work, getting off, and having nobody there for you. With all of the responsibility on you, it can also be quite stressful. It’s nice to have a support system.

Having roommates will also expand your social scene, which is nice as long as you’re hanging with the right type of people. The most important aspect of having roommates is that they’re compatible with your lifestyle. If so, I recommend going for it.

The most important part of deciding whether or not to go with a studio apartment is whether your lifestyle is conducive to making a studio enjoyable. If you’re single, independent, and spend much of your time away from home, then a studio will be your best bet. If you have a significant other, a lot of stuff, or are a social butterfly, then go for a one or two bedroom apartment. The choice is yours, choose wisely.

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