Thursday, June 12, 2014
If you're looking for an apartment for one or two people, normally you’d go for a studio or one bedroom apartment.
At a glance, a one bedroom unit is usually larger than a studio apartment by a few meters, and is more expensive by a few thousand pesos. Is it worth the extra money?
Here's a run-down of what to consider when deciding between the two.
A studio unit usually consists of one large room, a kitchenette area and bathroom.
- Easier to decorate
- Good for start-ups with few furnishings and possessions
- Different areas of the room may be ‘rezoned’ for different uses
- No real physical dividers or boundaries between spaces
One bedroom unit
One bedroom apartments usually consist of a living area, one bedroom, a kitchenette area and bathroom.
- More space and privacy
- An area for guests
- An actual physical wall between rooms, with a door that can lock
- A clear divider of zones, between living space and the kitchen
- More expensive, not just in rent but in association dues
At a glance, the few extra thousand pesos that go into a one bedroom apartment are more for privacy and zones. If you're a tenant in a studio apartment, consider if the price difference is worth the extra quiet time or having guests over.
If you’re looking to create a real sense of home, a one bedroom apartment also gives more room for furnishings.
Studio apartments are ideal for short-term or transient renters, especially those who work odd hours (like the night shift), need to be closer to work or go ‘home’ on weekends.
The set-up of a one bedroom apartment, however, may be ideal for those who are thinking of living away from home for longer periods. It's not about being better, but it's all about what you want to come home to.