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Are Studio Apartments Different From Efficiency Apartments In Bloomington?

March 03, 2022
Studio apartment living room at Echo Park Bloomington.

When you’re on a search for an apartment with less square footage, you may come across the terms “studio apartment” and “efficiency apartment.” At first, these descriptions might appear to be the same, but they’re really two separate types of apartments. Although they are both limited in space and more affordable, studio and efficiency apartments in Bloomington have a few important distinctions. If you see how they differ, you can determine which one to select as your new place.

What Is A Studio Apartment In Bloomington?

A studio apartment living room at Riverview Apartments. 

If you have a picture in your mind of a small apartment, you’re probably visualizing a studio apartment. It’s a fact that nearly all studio apartments in Bloomington have around 600 square feet, but it’s their layout that allows them to stick out from other choices. While that majority of apartment layouts have separate spaces, studio apartments have a more open layout. The living room, kitchen, and bedroom are all in the same space. You will still have a bathroom and possibly a closet separated from the rest.

You’ll find some variety between studio apartments. Some units feature a loft that offers a small amount of privacy, and others use an L-shaped layout to make a separate nice corner for a bed. You can come across a range of studio apartment kitchen set-ups too. In spite of their smaller dimensions, studio apartments offer full-size kitchen spaces, and often a kitchen bar and cabinetry can serve as a partial divider between cooking and living space. In addition, there are a number studio apartments include a bath large enough for a bathtub and shower, while some units only have a shower.

What Is An Efficiency Apartment In Bloomington?

Efficiency apartments might resemble studio apartments, but they’re meant to conserve space even more. They have very small designs–as little as 300 square feet total. The entirety of the apartment with the exception of the bathroom is contained in one open area. Instead of a full-size kitchen, you will see a reduced kitchen area with a couple appliances and one strip of countertop along one of your walls. In the most compact efficiency apartments, the appliances may not be full size. In all likelihood, you’ll find a condensed bathroom too, consisting of a shower without a tub.

Which Is Better: A Studio Apartment Or An Efficiency Apartment?

Looking into the bright living area from kitchen. 

As you now know the differing qualities of efficiency and studio apartments in Bloomington, which one will you choose? That comes down to your needs. Both types will cut your housing costs but are best suited for different lifestyles.

If you would like a small apartment to come home to each night and with the ability to invite over a couple friends, a studio apartment provides sufficient space and privacy. If having amenities like a full kitchen matters to you, then choose a studio apartment. A studio apartment usually works better for people with pets as well.

If you travel a bunch or don’t spend much time at home and just want a home base, you can avoid the higher rent of a studio or one-bedroom by choosing an efficiency apartment. You will also offset the cost of living within your town center or other popular locale by choosing an efficiency apartment in your preferred neighborhood. Even though your compact unit might be without some amenities, you’re still able to enjoy the amazing amenities found throughout the community.

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