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How Many Square Feet Do I Need?

Find Your Dream Home

How many square feet do you need in an apartment? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. For those who don’t know where to begin, fear not. Post is here to help!

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Pinterest, IKEA, and HGTV have us covered in the “maximize your space” department. But here’s the thing: not everyone lives in San Francisco and New York. Some of us, if not most of us, have the luxury of spreading out a bit. Question is, how do you decide how much space you need? No worries. We got you.

A few baseline things to consider: Who do you live with? What do you do? Where do you live?

If you live by yourself and don’t live in a big city, you’re looking at a minimum of 600 square feet. This gives you one bedroom, a small living room/kitchen, and a small bathroom. In a hypothetical 600-square-foot one bedroom apartment, your bedroom might be 13x11 and your living room might be 20x11. You can get more for your square footage if you opt for a studio. Less walls feels bigger.

If you have a roommate (not talking about a partner), you’ll want at least 900 square feet for a two bedroom, one bathroom place. This will leave you with a bedroom each, a living room (about 220 square feet), a small kitchen, and a shared bathroom. As a rule of thumb, think 400 to 450 square feet per roommate.

The formula changes if you live with a partner and share a bedroom. A one bedroom, one bath is doable at about 800 square feet. If you live in a metro area, and square footage costs more, you can get by with less. In an 800-square-foot one bedroom, one bathroom apartment, you’re sharing a bedroom (about 150 square feet) and large bathroom. You’ll have a decent-sized kitchen and living/dining room. If you and your partner have young kids, add 200 square feet per small child. If you have teenagers, you’re going to want a full 400 square feet per kid.

Now, what do you do in your apartment? The big things to consider are cooking and hosting guests. It’s frustrating to constantly cook in a small kitchen. And if you’re cooking for other people, you’re going to want a space to eat comfortably. A decent-sized kitchen/living room with space for a kitchen table will run you an additional 200 to 300 square feet. This means, if you and a partner like to cook and host guests, consider starting your search with apartments in the 1,100 to 1,200 square foot range. Many of these apartments will give you space for a kitchen table, more room to cook, and a half bath for visitors.

The amount of square footage you want and the amount you can live with are obviously two different things. Depending where you live, having 450 square feet per person might not be doable. If you live in a high-density area, like certain neighborhoods in San Francisco, New York, and Washington, D.C., it might not be affordable to rent a 1,200-square-foot, one bedroom apartment.

Also, as you accumulate more things, you may find you want a home office, gym, guest room, or formal dining room. These extra spaces bring you into apartments in the 1,500 to 2,000 square foot range. Depending on your needs and what you can afford, it makes sense to rent an apartment with enough space to comfortably live your life.

At Post we have units ranging from 500-square-foot studios to three- and four-bedroom apartments with 2,000+ square feet of space. We’ll find a size to work with your lifestyle and budget. Contact us here to learn more.