Bachelor apartments are a popular choice among people looking to live affordably and independently while still enjoying the many benefits of apartment living. Bachelor apartments or studio apartments are usually smaller suites in the form of a single, expansive space that serves as both a living and sleeping area. In many cases, the kitchen and bathroom are separate but attached spaces. These apartments are often the perfect choice for students, young professionals, and generally anyone looking to downsize their living space.
However, living in a studio/bachelor apartment requires planning to ensure you get the most out of your apartment and use your space in the right way for you. Since that space is limited and there aren’t other rooms to retreat to, it's important to follow some basic do's and don'ts to make the most of your bachelor apartment.
Make use of that vertical space!
Bachelor apartments often have limited floor space for furniture and other items, so it's important to take advantage of the vertical space you have available. Think of tall bookcases, shelves, and wall-mounted storage solutions that can enable you to maximize your storage without taking up that valuable floor space.
Create separate spaces using room dividers!
Really, a room is what you make of it, and you can make yours have the illusion of separate areas by simply using room dividers. These can be as simple as a bookshelf or as elaborate as a folding screen, think of those classic movies where the character slips behind that elegant room dividing screen to change costume.
Get creative with your furniture.
Your best bet for your bachelor apartment will be using furniture that can serve multiple purposes. Things like futons can double as both a couch and a bed, and many coffee tables and beds offer compartments for storage underneath, select a table that also works well as a desk, etc.
Get organized, stay organized!
Because of the limited space, it's even more important to keep your studio/bachelor apartment organized and avoid cluttering. Using stackable bins and baskets, looking at over-door hangers and back-of-the-door organizers (great for small bathrooms), and considering similar storage solutions will allow you to keep your belongings in check.
Use that outdoor space!
If like many Mainstreet apartments, your own bachelor apartment has a balcony or patio, be sure to make the most of it! This can be a great spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors, even if you don't have a lot of space inside, and in the warmer months, it can be a mini-living room for entertaining!
Don’t overcrowd the space!
It can be tempting to move in and display all of your favorite items, furniture, and décor, but avoid doing so as you’ll find this quickly makes the space feel cramped and cluttered. Take the time to really consider your space and your things, be selective about which you choose to bring into the apartment with you, and choose pieces that will serve both form and function, things that look good but also serve a practical purpose.
Don’t neglect the kitchen!
The kitchen in your studio apartment may not be as big as Gordon Ramsay’s, but that doesn't mean it can't be functional and still produce some delectable culinary creations! By investing in some basic kitchen tools and appliances, using as many organizing tips and tricks as you can, and being sure to keep the space clean and organized, you can get the most of out of this important part of your home.
Don’t forget about lighting!
Proper lighting is important in any living space, and it can be a little more challenging in a bachelor apartment. Although Mainstreet strives to ensure all of our units are filled with natural light, it’s physically impossible to provide that for every single suite. By employing a combination of ambient, task, and accent lighting, you’ll create a well-lit space that feels warm and comfortable.
Don’t skip a little soundproofing!
One thing we know about living in a smaller space is that it can mean that noise travels more easily, and depending on your apartment’s acoustics, it can also mean that noise from others enters more easily. Consider investing in some basic soundproofing measures which require no construction work or alterations to your apartment (things like thick rugs and curtains) to help reduce noise and ensure a peaceful living environment.
Don’t neglect your personal style!
Just because your living space isn’t a giant Manhattan loft doesn't mean you can't make it your own stylish abode! Incorporate your personal style into your bachelor apartment, whether it's through bold artwork, colorful accents, or a mix of both. Decorating your place is a great opportunity to express your creativity through your living space. Consider using hanging plants, string lights, or other decorative flourishes to add some style to your apartment.
By using these do's and don'ts as some guidelines, you can make your studio apartment into a comfortable and stylish living space that’s the nicest in the building! Use your creativity, planning, and a little ingenuity, and you can make the most of your small space and create a home that you love.