Small space living in California
I came across this YouTube video of a 160 sq. ft. apartment prototype on the Apartment Therapy website a little while ago, and I thought it was brilliant!
As someone living in a small space right now (215 sq. ft.), I can’t imagine living in 160 sq. ft. But you know what? The apartment totally works. And the space is presented much better than the apartment that we’re living in right now, creating more usable space and functionality. 160 sq. ft. is the smallest apartment size allowed by California code, and the developer (Patrick Kennedy) was inspired by living in a 78 sq. ft. Airstream with his family for a period of time, which I think is really cool.
Here are the features that I loved most:
- ‘Smart bench’ where the centre lifts up and transforms into a dining banquette. When lowered, it can act as additional seating or a guest bed.
- Couch that transforms into a very comfortable looking queen sized bed.
- Kitchen appliances are in a closet, away from sight.
- Luggage storage
I personally could see myself living in a space like with my boyfriend that as a temporary solution (like I’m doing now), or maybe longer-term as a single person. But not as a permanent place to live. I think the perfect size place for 2 people to live comfortably is between 600-800 sq. ft.
Could you live in that apartment?
Author: Krystal Yee
I’m a writer, personal finance blogger, and marketing professional based in Vancouver. I’m a former Toronto Star (Moneyville) columnist, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Saving and Investing, and co-founder of the Canadian Personal Finance Conference. When I’m not working, you can usually find me running, playing field hockey, or plotting my next adventure.