Think about all the possessions you have in your house or apartment. Now, eliminate all but 5 of your most valuable items. Odds are you could survive comfortably with just these 5 things. This is because technology has transformed our need for space and extra crap. Laptops now have virtually every piece of entertainment wrapped into one device—music, games, internet, books, etc. So, the entertainment section of your apartment is pretty much covered. But what about all that furniture?
Micro apartments are around 300-500 square feet and contain furniture that either folds into the wall or morphs into something else useful. Imagine a dining room table folding into the floor after you’re done eating….and then removing a bed from the wall to lay over the disappearing table. Sounds like living inside a transformer, I know, but these micro apartments do have many benefits. Most of them will have a “cheap” monthly rate, and will be located in the heart of big urban cities. They will also be packed with “young professionals,” aka recent graduates who want to live in the city where they staggered through college. Granted, this doesn’t sound like a benefit to most people. However, if you are within this age range, living in a giant apartment building filled with only single people is an obvious advantage. Actually, looked at from that perspective, I don’t see how this differs from a newly built college dorm.
Check out this PBS video that covers the rise of micro apartments.