Either 2 or 3 bedroom apartments can meet the needs of many single adults or couples or even small families. But, before you decide on the 3 bedroom apartment we need to discuss square footage.
We are not talking about luxury apartments or condos. Those typically have more square feet per unit. We are talking about the typical apartment any one of us would find if we were shopping for apartment living.
Let me give an example of a typical three bedroom apartment.
Just looking at the layout — the way the rooms are arranged — the set up looks pretty good and quite livable. However, please take into consideration that the apartment includes three bedrooms and two baths, all within 1041 square feet. Anyway you cut it, 1000 square feet is not that large. The rooms are much smaller than one imagines by looking at the layout scheme above.
When possible it would be much better to select a two bedroom apartment with the same square footage, only because in most cases at least one of the bedrooms would be larger and the living and dining areas could also be a little larger.
I fully realize that some of us need three bedrooms, but when possible as a reasonable selection I would suggest aiming for two bedroom within the same floor area.
Is the 2 or 3 Bedroom Apartment is Right for Me?
Before making the final decision I would strongly suggest that you tape off an area that is 11′ x 11’6″ — the size of the master bedroom above — and consider the size of bed that could comfortably fit into the space, a dresser and a chest of drawers.
One of the exercises I have always suggested before making the final commitment is to find a room that is comparable in size or ask the landlord if you can “test” to see if your furniture will fit. When possible tape off the placement and the size of the bed and any other pieces that will be used in the bedroom. Even with tape on the floor, marking the furniture placement, it is hard to fully realize how much space the furniture will occupy. I have even gone so far as to fill the furniture spaces with cardboard boxes. It will help diffuse the illusion of having more space than you will actually have to walk around in.
I am not against living in a 2 or 3 bedroom apartments. I have lived in both and thoroughly enjoyed both. I am suggesting that when moving into an apartment it is most important to have a good sense of size and space before purchasing any furniture. Furniture always looks smaller in the store than it does when you get it home. It all has to do with the environment in which it is set.
If you have made your decision, it is time to begin considering furniture and furnishings.