There are many things to take into consideration when it comes to apartment hunting. While many believe amenities take top priority once the location and cost are factored out, it’s the floor plan that’s critical when apartment dwellers are making their final decisions. Some apartment complexes have only a few options to choose from, while others have dozens making deciding which is best for the family tricky. We’re going to look at how to select the best apartment floor plan for you as a means of making the decision process go more smoothly.
How Many Bedrooms Do You Need?
Depending on the size of your family, as well as how old your children are, answering this question could be the deciding factor for ruling out many apartment floor plans. You’re given more flexibility, however, if the rooms are big enough and your children are aged appropriately for sharing a room.
Does the Bedroom’s Location Matter?
If you have small children, then the location of the bedrooms matter a lot. You’ll want them to be as far away from the kitchen and living room as possible. Otherwise, you and any guests you have will have to be quiet during naptimes and after bedtime. It isn’t always convenient to live like this, so consider this when choosing the best apartment floor plan for you.
Determine Your Bathroom Preferences
In some cases, you’ll find apartment floor plans with large, luxurious bathrooms in the master bedroom and then another smaller bedroom in the unit. In other apartments, you’ll find full baths that are small and not much larger than an average powder room. Depending on your needs and preferences, you may be okay with sharing one bathroom. If you’d rather not share a bathroom, look for an apartment that will accommodate based upon your budget, as well as how many bathrooms you’d like to have. If sharing a bathroom is okay with you, look for one that’s large enough for everyone to use comfortably.
Is Outdoor Space a Priority?
Sometimes balconies are available, and, on some units, they aren’t. Do you feel claustrophobic if you only have a window to look from, rather than a sliding glass door to walk out from? If this is the case, then choosing an apartment with a balcony or small patio outside is the best option. You’ll find that having this amenity is optimal even if you can only put a small bistro table or a couple of Adirondack chairs.
How Much Storage Space Do You Need?
Closet space is at a premium in some apartment floor plans. It isn’t uncommon for some apartments to have small closets, so be sure to open every door when doing your walk-throughs. If you need an extra linen closet or walk-in closets, be sure you’re checking these off on your list. If you need a closet in the laundry room or one in the bathroom, make sure they’re there. Sometimes you’ll have to sacrifice other things, like the balcony for example, for a coat closet or pantry closet. If you’re going to be living in the apartment for a long time, though, you may decide the storage is a better option.
Does the Size of Your Kitchen Matter?
They say that the kitchens and the bathrooms are what “sell” an apartment. Do you spend a lot of your time cooking? Or, are the type who uses the microwave and take out menus most of the time? Your eating habits will determine how large or small your kitchen needs to be, as well as if you need an island and separate dining area. You’ll need to figure out if you need a lot of space to store cookware, storage containers, dining sets, and pantry items.
Before Making Your Final Decision
You’ve determined your budget, you nailed down an excellent location, and you decided whether or not you’d like a balcony. Before making your final decision about the best apartment floor plan for you and your family, it’s essential that you get everyone’s feedback. Does everyone like the amenities? Is there enough parking to accommodate the entire family, as well as potential guests? If you’re going to live there more than a couple of years, are you sure you won’t outgrow the space? Make sure you answer all of these questions honestly, and you’re sure to be happy in your new apartment.