If you are new to the concept, check out our recently published article “Studio Apartment — All You Need To Know” to understand how appealing it is for almost any renter because of the lower rent, often a closer proximity to bustling downtown areas, and a certain irreplaceable cozy charm. However, living in a studio apartment can be quite an adjustment for anyone who hasn’t done it before, and there are several things to keep in mind during your apartment search to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

1. High Ceiling

In a studio, you’re going to have limited horizontal space, therefore a great rule of thumb is look for an apartment with as much vertical room as possible (high ceiling). The apartment will not only appear to be larger than it is, but you’ll also can install shelves for additional storage.

Amble and Vertical Storage | Image Credit: FreshHome

2. Natural Light

When dealing with a small space, one of the most important aspects is to try and make it appear as large as possible. Natural light is one of the simple techniques that designers use to trick the eye into thinking that the space is bigger than it actually is. So carefully check out the number of windows on your visit, make note of the direction the windows face because that will impact how much light the apartment gets.

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Natural Light in Tiny Apartment | Image Credit: FreshHome

3. Light Colour Palette

It is a well known optical illusion that light colours make a room look bigger and brighter. Dark colours, on the other hand, tend to absorb light and make a room look smaller. The optimum effect can be achieved by combining both bright lights with light furniture and wall paint. In Vietnam, most of apartment walls are painted white, if you paint a wall in the rental any colour other than white, you’ll have to repaint before you move out or the landlord can withhold the security deposit.

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Light Colour Palette | Image Credit: Messy Nessy Chic

4. Dual Purpose Furniture

Investing in furniture pieces that do double or multiple duties might not be a common practice in Vietnam yet when it comes studio apartment design. However, as a smart renter you might want to check whether there is any trundle bed that can be folded into a sofa when watching TV, a desk with narrow legs that elegant enough to be a console table or a sofa bookshelves (book-storing couch).

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Ransa is a creative sofa designed by Younes Duret | Image Credit: Official Site

5. Livable Space

Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. Therefore do not ever resort to choosing a place that makes you feel cramped and claustrophobic. Regardless of size, your home should feel like a home rather than merely a place to stay over the night.

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Your Feelings Matter | Image Credit: Messy Nessy Chic

That’s why when searching for a studio apartment listed in Hoozing, you are encouraged to chat with the current tenants to understand better their living experiences and any downside of the apartment before making the final decision, as we sincerely hope that you would have a pleasant time staying in our city.