Moving in Together

Moving in Together: 1- or 2-Bedroom Apartment?

January 24, 2014 | Apartment Hunting, Apartment Hunting Advice

So, you’re moving in together. That’s great! Will you choose a 1-bedroom apartment to save money, or a 2-bedroom apartment for more space? Here’s how to decide:

Assess Furniture and Belongings

While you’re deciding whether to move into a one-bedroom apartment or something larger, take a good look at all of your furniture. Chances are you have doubles of some items like a couch, coffee maker and bed. Decide what you are going to keep, toss, sell or throw away. If you move into a spacious apartment, your two sofas might come in handy. Additionally, if you choose a two-bedroom place, your extra bed can be perfect for your new guest room. However, unless you make tons of toast on a daily basis, you probably won’t need more than one toaster, so downsize accordingly.

Bonus Room Use

Another reason to consider opting for a second bedroom is the potential use of the space. For instance, you or your significant other may need a home office, exercise room or guest room. So it’s important to think about your needs. If you can benefit from the extra space and the additional cost in rent won’t hamper your lifestyle, a bonus room is a good option.

Finances

Most people can find a use for an additional room. However, the cost of the extra square footage can be a deciding factor in whether or not to choose a larger unit. Weigh the potential uses for the room against the additional per month amount of rent to decide if the extra bedroom is a suitable option.

Den or Full-Size Room

If you’re looking for extra space, don’t forget to consider a den-sized room. While these aren’t the same size as full bedrooms, they are perfect for people who only need a guest room or small office. So compare the size of the space to your needs before you make a decision.

Keep an Open Mind

Sometimes you won’t know for sure if you want a second bedroom. While you are hunting for an apartment, consider an extra room as an amenity. For instance, if you find two places that you like but can’t decide between them, make whether one has an extra room a factor in your ultimate choice.

 

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