Micro Studio Tour / Apartment in the City / 240 sq. ft. (Updated!)

You’d be surprised by how much can fit into a 240 sq ft. micro studio that is smartly designed. My older brother, Nick, has been living in his city apartment for the past four years. His building was once a historic hotel turned apartment complex. Though an incredibly small space, he was able to transform it into a cozy home by being creative and resourceful.

Nick, a former architecture student, was able to use his skills and background to craft a blueprint with various functions and flow. If you watched his original apartment tour a few years back, then you would know the general layout to his room is very much the same. However, he did make some new noteworthy modifications to enhance his space that were worth sharing. He recently bought a 55 inch OLED TV, added a hammock, and wall-mounted his bike. My new YouTube video highlights how he integrates these changes and continues to optimize every square footage of his home.

For most people, small spaces can make one feel boxed in, but for Nick – his life is not confined by the four walls of his micro-studio. In fact, living simple and minimal did the opposite. It opened up doors for him, giving him the freedom to travel. Due to the low cost of rent, he was able to save money and go on countless adventures. Last year, he accomplished one of his biggest goals which was to visit 30 countries by age 30. Next, he plans to visit all fifty states and seven continents. You can follow Nick on Instagram at @bu1ster to see some of his stunning travel photos! 

 As always, I appreciate you stopping by and watching my videos. I hope it helps spark design inspiration in your life! ~b

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Micro Studio Apartment Haul

Living in a small space can be super challenging, not to mention claustrophobic. However, having the right furniture pieces can make a big difference. Pieces that have dual functions can provide both storage and expansion. These clever designs are a must-have for small space homes. Here’s a roundup of items that my brother used to decorate his tiny 240 sq. feet studio in the city!

~b

P.S. // click here for the full micro studio apartment tour

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This comfy space-saving sectional makes the most of his small studio. He bought it from Ikea in the as-is section and it can easily be converted from a sofa to a full-size bed! There’s even a compartment for pillows and blankets. BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 7BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 8IkeaKitchen Cabinets // about $60 for big unit & $30 for smaller unit

The Ikea Besta shelving units are the foundation to his mini DIY kitchen. He mounted three units to the wall to create kitchen cabinets. While placing another on the ground to act as a microwave stand. Simple, sleek, and spacious – they are perfect for a minimalist’s kitchen.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 9.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 11.jpgIkeaGateleg Table // $100 as-is

Gateleg tables are a classic staple for small kitchens. They feature two drop leaf extensions on both sides. They have the ability to extend, making it ideal when guests come over or having extra room for cooking. BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 12BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 13IkeaMagnetic Knife Rack // $9

Magnetic knife racks are a practical and inexpensive way to organize kitchen utensils. Plus they also save a ton of drawer space for other items.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 15.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 14.jpgWhite Mid-Century Modern Chairs // $60 each – Similar Style

This stylish midcentury modern chair adds an understated elegance to any room. He purchased two for $60 each online. The chairs are used for dining or extra seating for his guests. (P.S. he forgot where he bought it so I linked a very similar style from Wayfair). BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 17BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 16Marshalls – Rustic Dresser // $75 – Similar Style

My brother found this affordable nightstand at Marshalls. It is made out of real wood so it’s really great quality. It also has a rustic charm to it that adds character to his home. This is where he stores his extra clothes and socks.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 18BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 19.jpgBeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 20.jpgIkeaComputer Desk  // $135

To create his mini office, he customized his workspace from Ikea. He chose a bamboo tabletop with stainless steel legs to construct his desk. This combination was a nice balance between traditional and modern.

Office Chair // $180 – Similar Style

His desk chair is also very contemporary in design. It has a chrome steel frame with ribbed upholstered leather throughout. The chair adds instant sophistication to his computer desk.BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 21BeInspireful - Micro Studio Apartment Haul 22IkeaFloating Shelves // $15 each

Finally, to make the most of his wall space he added floating shelves. These shelves are filled with family photos, books, and travel souvenirs.