The rise of micro-apartments

July 22, 2020

Micro-apartments: the latest real estate trend in metropole cities

Many people say that bigger is better, but is this still the case for their home? Not anymore. According to the latest global real estate trends, the micro-apartment is the new hot topic. This trend is a result of the ever-changing needs of new generation renters who have a different lifestyle and consider other things to be important. Living ‘smaller’ with the city as your living room is the new standard for young professionals in metropoles. 

What exactly are micro-apartments?

Micro apartments are efficiently-designed studio, ranging from 20 to 30 square meters. They’re fitted with all essentials such as a bathroom, kitchenette, bed, a living area and come in many different variations.

How did this trend come to life? 

Our cities are growing at a rapid pace; by 2050 it is expected that 70% of the global population will live in urban areas. At the same time the number of single households is increasing. In the Netherlands we are facing a shortage of almost 300,000 homes. This shortage increases the need for adding density in our cities. Adding density means simply building smaller homes like micro-apartments.

How can I maximise the use of my micro-apartment?

There are a few elements you should take into account when decorating your micro apartment to maximise the use of your apartment.

Check your neighbourhood

Make sure that your neighbourhood or building has enough restaurants, parks, stores, and other amenities.

Create space

By using vertical space with high closets, you can free floor space. Also, large mirrors will add a spacious feeling to your home. 

Use unused space

In every house, you can find dead spaces like under your bed, unused corners, and blank walls. Be creative and give a new purpose to these spaces.

Multi-functional furniture

Innovative solutions like robotic furniture or multifunctional furniture allow spaces to be transformed to suit the residents’ needs throughout the day.

Use of colours

It is very important to take a close look at which colours you use to decorate your micro-apartments. Use neutral and light tints with color pallets containing not more than three colours. Ideally, your pallet consists of two light colours and one bold color for the apartments’ accents. 

What is the future of micro-apartments?

Due to the rapid growth of cities and continuously increasing number of single-person households in cities, we believe that the use of micro-apartments will continue to grow. We will make sure we design them right!