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ART OF LIVING
ART OF LIVING
“Keep things as functional yet as
minimalistic as possible.”
— KAIZAD DINSHAW, PARTNER, NITIDO DESIGN
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200sqft to 500sqft of area. “Studio apartments are generally
small, and hence cheaper than say a one bedroom apartment
in the same area. Ideally, it would combine the kitchen, bath,
living and sleeping areas, into a single common space,” explains
Kaizad Dinshaw, Partner, Nitido Design.
run Shah (name changed on request), 32, works
in the banking sector. He moved to Mumbai almost a year
back and struggles to save a huge chunk of his salary, which
is inevitably spent paying off his monthly rent. Currently, he
shares an accommodation with two other room mates and
easily ends up paying around `8,500 per month as rent.
Hoping to change the situation for one the better, Arun, is
now on the look out for a studio apartment, as it seems like the
perfect option for a single working individual. Above all, it helps
save the big bucks in the long run!
SO, WHAT ARE STUDIO APARTMENTS?
Studio apartments—a growing trend in metros across the
world—are usually single-room accommodations spread over
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WHAT TO EXPECT
Studio apartments are generally more popular as a rental
option as they afford little space flexibility for any future
development or expansion. But if you own one, there are a
few basic things that you should consider.
Appeal: Studio apartments are generally preferred by
students, singletons, newly-married couples or retired senior
citizens. People under these categories generally spend most
of their time away from home and use their space only for
dining, sleeping or resting.
Size: These apartments are ideally spread across 200sqft to
500sqft of area. Having said that, you may find larger studio
apartments to suit your comfort levels.
Functionality: The studio apartment is a multi-functional
space. It gives you the liberty to perform various functions in
the same space. You can cook, entertain and relax comfortably
if you plan your apartment well.
Cost: It is the least expensive of all accommodations available.
Moreover, the stamp duty and registration fees are
comparatively lesser than other lodging options. The
introduction of multi-functional and makeshift furniture too
help reduces the cost substantially.
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Cost-saving option: The low cost is the prime
factor why they are a favourite.
Limited space: Suits the needs of a single
dweller. Innovative design skills makes it ideal
to live and entertain guests
Low maintenance: Maintaining and cleaning is
extremely easy. The space is generally clutter-free.
ARE THEY IT?
With property prices on the rise, investing in a studio apartment
is a great idea. They are easy to acquire and come good if you
are planning to move into a bigger space as they offer a decent
Most interior designers and architects will agree that
designing a studio is the most challenging job. The idea to
create maximum space from limited resources is a daunting
task. “Designing a studio apartment can be quite a challenge.
Though the given space is small, it needs to fulfil several
requirements and as such, space planning becomes crucial,”
Declutter: Pick and choose your furniture and accessories
before moving into your apartment. “Reduce clutter and retain
only those pieces of furniture that are essential, keeping as much
open walking space as possible,” says Kaizad.
Maximum storage space: The best of homes come with
well-planned storage options. Most Indian homes find it
difficult discarding utilities that are passed down for
generations. The best way to deal with this situation is by
planning your storage well. Use your corners, niches, etc, to
create storage possibilities.
Follow a theme: Pick and choose a style that best suits your
space. Minimalistic decor will do wonders. Clean lines and
maximum space—that’s what you ideally need from
Multifunctional furniture: Invest in furniture and accessories
that are functional. Pick poufs, beds or cabinets that multitask.
Out-of-the-box ideas: One can get to see brilliant ideas
and tricks come to life while designing a studio apartment.
Clever use of partitions or the introduction of makeshift
furniture takes interior designing to a new level.
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GETTING MORE OUT OF YOUR STUDIO APARTMENT