8 studio apartments that will make you forget you even want a bedroom

Usually touted as “cozy” or “quaint,” the studio apartment has long been the go-to place for those looking for minimalist living, or a lower-cost space in a higher-cost rental market (we’re looking at you, San Francisco). For its notorious lack of space, the studio has its benefits: it’s cheaper to decorate (less room, less stuff), you can see your TV from every room in your house, and believe it or not, can be fun to design. To prove our point, we scoured the Interwebz to find some of the best-looking, space-utilizing studios around. And in case you’re looking to become a one-room renter, we crunched the numbers and found the current median monthly rent price for studios across eight U.S. cities.

San Francisco – $2,695
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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The subdued color palette of this San Francisco studio helps the three separate spaces created by Lauren, the renter of two years, flow together. Modern pieces (like a sofa from Macy’s) paired with flea-market finds (like a chest-turned-coffee-table) gives the space personality without getting overzealous with eclectic style.

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New York City (Manhattan) – $2,329
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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New Yorkers are no novices to sacrificing space for location, but space and style are not mutually exclusive. This is proven in a quaint Manhattan studio featuring stark whites and bright colors. Stools stored under the desk can double as extra seating when Jana (this flat’s inhabitant) entertains.

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Chicago – $1,569
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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This Chicago bachelor pad proves that even studio dwellers can host overnight guests, with a futon posing as both a couch and a bed. Placing a dresser at the end of a bed is a great way to leave wall space for other furniture, and serves as a divider between the living and bedroom areas.

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Los Angeles (West Hollywood) – $2,013
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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This modern-yet-glamorous West Hollywood studio fits all the niceties of a home (including an office) in a 560-sq. ft space. Proving that some landlords will let you decorate, paint and even build faux fireplaces, provided you’ve paid your security deposit to cover any updates after you leave.

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Austin (Downtown) – $1,445
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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Floating frames provide the perfect living / bedroom separation in this downtown Austin studio. While the furniture and decor itself definitely deserve a nod, the most notable item is the upright piano – surprisingly not an eyesore or floor-space hog in this 392-sq. ft. apartment.

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Boston – $1,725
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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 via apartmenttherapy.com
Ringing in at a mere 224 sq. ft., this Boston brownstone makes up in architectural detail what it lacks in style.  A cushy ottoman can double as extra seating, while a full-sized, sliding bookcase covers an extra closet the tenant uses to store unneeded clutter during off seasons, like an air conditioner or winter jackets.

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Washington, D.C. – $1,723
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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Storage is not an issue in this Washington, D.C. studio. Making the most out of the wall space, full-size wardrobes flank either side of the bed, while high cabinets utilize some often-forgotten studio real estate and still allow space for the furniture below it.

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Seattle – $1,492
median price of a studio apartment as of march 2016

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Exposed brick, track lighting and stark-white walls and ceiling give this open, airy studio an advantage before it’s even furnished. Couple that with the tenant’s semi-modular layout and natural adornments, and you’ve got a California-like oasis in chilly, urban Seattle.

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