Could You Live in Under 200 Square Feet?

published Aug 21, 2016
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Here at Apartment Therapy, we’ve had lots of lively discussions about what constitutes a “small” apartment, a “little” one, a “tiny” one, and so forth and so on. But there seems to be a general consensus that around 200 square feet is where you go from a small apartment to a really small apartment, little to really really little, tiny to teeny-tiny. It’s the boundary between “whoa, this place is tiny,” and “how is it even possible for a human to live here?” Nevertheless, people have made it work and, in one case, even made less than 200 square feet work for more than one person. Take a look around these teeny-tiny homes and tell us — could you live in under 200 square feet?

At 193 square feet, this little Swedish apartment is undeniably gorgeous — and undeniably small. A smart layout and monochrome color palette gives the apartment a spacious feel that belies its small size, but you’ll still have to climb a scary staircase to get into bed. You can see more photos of the apartment in this post.

(Image credit: Marianne Evennou)
(Image credit: Marianne Evennou)
(Image credit: Marianne Evennou)

And how about this wee little apartment under the eaves by Paris architect Marianne Evennou. Evennou took a seemingly unworkable space — only 125 square feet, with plenty of unusual roof clearances — and turned it into a lovely and very functional (if somewhat cozy) home.