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Living in a Micro Apartment

Can you imagine in an apartment barely as big as a closet? Well, some people are.

In cities like Seattle, people are opting to downsize when it comes to apartment spaces. These tiny pads are typically smaller than an average living room, ranging in size from 100 to 300 square feet. Ideal for single people, couples and anyone looking to downsize, micro apartments are a trend that seem to be taking root.

Do you think you have what it takes to live in a tiny pad?

Micro apartments may sound like a new term, but this type of housing has been around since World War II. Tenants who rented rooms out typically had kitchenette and sleeping areas, but shared a bathroom. Modern micro apartments boast the typical amenities found in larger apartments in different urban centers around the world, with the notable exception of everything being just a tad bit smaller. Popular in Britain and Japan, micro apartments are catching on past the Windy City.

Tolerating Communal Spaces
To live in a micro apartment, you have to know how to share. Micro apartments often rely on communal spaces, like patios and gardens to create space. This means that you may be bumping into your neighbors more often than you think. This can mean that you have someone to share your rooftop garden with, or it can mean a nightmare neighbor who tends to leave their beer bottles scattered all over your communal wicker chairs.

In some micro apartments, even the kitchen units are shared. While this may elicit gasps of horror from those used to dorm-style living, for others it may be a blessing in disguise.

Ability to Live in a Small Space
Micro apartments are made for the successful single, couples or anyone looking to downsize from larger properties. The ability to live in a small space will definitely be offset by your rent bill. Micro apartments typically cost 50% less than their larger counterparts. They are also often located near city centers, restaurants and open areas like parks or recreation centers.

To compensate for the lack of space, micro apartments often feature furniture with double functionality. An example is a futon or fold-away bed or a table that doubles as an ironing board. These small tweaks turn an apartment into a multifunctional dream. Furniture makers are already buying into the trend with compact furniture, multifunctional utensils and downsized items.

In an economy where wealth is often represented by size, micro apartments can feel like the antithesis of the American Dream. But for many, scaling down can be a way to save up and scale up. For the practical, the micro apartment is the perfect living solution: an affordable, compact space without the frills.

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