Generally speaking, a 1-bedroom apartment should be a minimum of 450 square feet (anything less than that is generally considered a studio apartment).
By way of example, a 2 car garage in a house is about 400 square feet so having something a little larger than that makes sense.
Anything upwards of 700 square feet is generally considered a large 1 Bedroom Apartment. 1,000 square feet would be a very large 1 bedroom. The average one bedroom size is probably around 600 square feet. Generally, the nearer a community is to the central business district (i.e. downtown), the smaller a 1 bedroom apartment becomes.
How Much Do I Pay for a 1-Bedroom Apartment?
The rent you pay for a 1-bedroom apartment will depend on a raft of factors, including location, size of the apartment, and amenities included. A larger 1-bedroom apartment will have more space, which means that it might cost a little more but if the apartment is in an older building or further away from the core of downtown or urban market, then you may be able to get a good deal for more space.
If you rent in the heart of a big city, you can expect to find smaller apartments that will cost you more than in areas further away from the central business district. This is because you are paying for the convenience of the area – from reducing commute times to work to easy access to public transport to bustling eating and drinking precincts within walking distance.
How to Decide What Size 1-Bedroom Works Best for You?
If you’re confused about what size 1-bedroom works best for you, consider:
- Do you entertain often and prefer a separate dining area to your living room?
- Do you need additional storage for big items like bikes, camping gear, and boxed items?
- Do you want a larger kitchen with more room to do your cooking and food preparation?
- Do you need extra room for a study or in-home office?
If these factors matter to you, then your best option is to look for larger 1-bedroom apartments.
How to Find Out How Large a 1-Bedroom Apartment Is?
In most instances, the property listing will have the apartment size listed in the description. But if this is not readily available (which happens sometimes), your best bet is to pick up the phone and call the landlord or listing agent to find out this information.
If pictures of the apartment layout are not available online, get some information about what it contains so you can make an informed decision on whether to tour it or not.
It’s always best to get this information before scheduling an apartment tour so you know what to expect without any surprises. If it doesn’t fit into your lifestyle needs, then you don’t need to waste time planning a tour in the first place. When you do tour the apartment, find out how the size of the apartment your touring compares to the apartment that you would actually live in, as apartment complexes typically have different floor plans and layouts, and the model apartment might be different from the apartment you will be living in.