Micro apartments are rapidly becoming the favorite affordable housing solution for young professionals and moderate-income renters in high-cost, crowded cities like New York and San Francisco. But the reality of living in less than 400 square feet is seldom as charming as all those pictures of custom Swedish furniture suggest. The reality looks more like this: Your bed is also your dining table. Your bathroom would fit on an airplane. And you can never invite your friends over for drinks.
So how do you turn the micro apartment into something more humane (without, that is, exponentially driving up the costs that make micro apartments necessary in the first place)? One model has been to try to create shared common spaces. Sure, you don’t have a living room, but there’s an all-purpose lounge in the basement!