Should You Live in a Junior One Bedroom Apartment? Here is the Answer

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People sometimes turn to minimalists when living space is hard to come by.  With that in mind, developers are turning to a new type of apartment: a junior one bedroom apartment. After we tell you about these unique units, you might find that this type of apartment is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

What is a Junior One Bedroom Apartment?

This special apartment type is essentially a studio apartment but, unlike traditional studios that lack any real walls that separate space, they have actual living and dining rooms, kitchen, bathroom, and a separate space that could be converted into a small bedroom.

Junior apartments come in a variety of floor plans, which are largely dependent on the building’s age and design.  Older buildings and those located in more affluent areas tend to have higher ceilings and offer more living space.

You may have come across something called an alcove apartment during your apartment search. Don’t let this confuse you–it’s simply an extra space that can be walled off in a junior apartment.  Unfortunately, the extra space can’t be described as a bedroom since it doesn’t comply with building codes which, in NYC, is a space that’s at least 8 feet by 8 feet with a window.

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Junior Apartment Benefits

  • Privacy

Walls help create order in open spaces. Junior apartments offer this perk with their defined living and sleeping spaces. Plus it’s nice to have a designated space for cooking and eating.

  • More Productivity

Since there is a separate room for resting, you would no longer have to juggle sleeping and potentially eating, working, and entertaining in the same room. Junior apartments allow the flexibility to use the separate spaces how you wish.

  • Cleaning is Easier

Junior apartments are small enough to make cleaning and staying organized quick and simple, even with the extra space.

  • Cost Effective

Junior apartments tend to be cheaper than most one-bedroom apartments, primarily since it’s basically a slightly bigger studio apartment thanks to the separate, extra space.

Disadvantages of Junior Apartment

  • Space

There’s no doubt about it — a junior apartment is still small, which means less room for storage or guests. Also, with too much furniture, the apartment can feel cluttered or cramped.

  • More Expensive than Studio Apartments

Just tacking on an extra space can make junior apartments more expensive than most studio apartments.

Can You Convert a Studio Apartment into a Junior Apartment?

The simple answer is yes. If your studio apartment is spacious enough and you can create an extra room, why not turn it into a junior apartment. To do that, you can use a sliding partition such as glazed sliding doors to section off the extra space.

Another way to create a partition is by using crates that have been fastened together. This approach is two-fold: it creates a separate space in the apartment and it provides storage space.

Yet another option is to use a plantation shutter faux wall to separate the space. The wall is made of wood, so you can open them much like you would plantation shutters to control the amount of light that enters the apartment.

Before you make any changes to the apartment, always get permission from the landlord in writing or risk violating your lease.

Final Words:

Junior apartments are great options for anyone looking to save a few bucks and who is comfortable living in smaller spaces. With a few creative touches, you can have an apartment that allows you the privacy you want at a price you can’t beat.

Read Also:

Studio vs. One Bedroom Apartment: Which is Best for You?
What is a Common Size for a One Bedroom in New York?