Does Size Matter?

Does Size Matter?

Abby Stone
May 11, 2009

Apartment Therapy was founded around the idea of small spaces, so usually we deal with the questions that a dearth of space raises. But, lately, spending time with a friend whose home is very generously sized, we began to wonder whether there is such a thing as too much space. How much space does a person need to live comfortably? What is the ideal amount of space? Is there such a thing, as Goldilocks postulated, as "just right?..."

We did some internet surfing and found some facts and figures on Create the Good Life which suggested the ideal sizes for various rooms and for a home. Their formula suggests between 300 and 333 square feet per person when deciding if a home is large enough.

While readers in many of the other Apartment Therapy cities are likely way under the limit, we wondered if those of us in LA, where space is a little easier to come by, measured up to these standards. Our own space comes close; how about yours? Is your space too big, too small or just right?

[image of The Jack and The Beanstalk exhibition from Magic Mountain by Hugh Morton]

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