Floor plan for a studio flat
Posted on 09 September 2007 2 comments
Here’s my first attempt at designing the floor plan for a studio flat. This is designed for a single person only and would form part of a block of flats.
Here’s the floor plan with the dimensions:
Here’s a slightly different layout, where the kitchen and entrance hall are located on the right-hand side of the flat:
A few comments about the layout:
The balcony is recessed so it’s not overlooked by neighbouring flats in the same block (although it may well be overlooked by neighbouring blocks or houses!).
The living area is sandwiched between the kitchen and the bathroom. This would help insulate the living area from noise from adjoining flats (although, ideally, the flat would be soundproof anyway).
The kitchen and bathroom have their own windows. Windows would also run across the length of the balcony letting in plenty of natural light (although this will also depend on the orientation of the flat)
I wanted to give the sleeping area its own alcove so it didn’t jut too prominently into the living area, hence the recessed part of the room where the bed can be placed (of course, residents don’t have to put the bed there). I also like the idea of being able to wake up in bed and look across the whole room which the current bed position allows.
Another aspect of the bed’s position is that it is adjacent to the bathroom, so trips to the bathroom at night can be made without crossing the studio room!
The small room next to the kitchen is a utility room for the washing machine and for hanging clothes. A clothes rail could hang from the ceiling which can be raised and lowered.
Both the entrance hallway and the utility room can have some natural light by placing windows at ceiling level i.e. where the wall would extend to reach the ceiling, a window is placed there instead. This would allow light from the kitchen and living areas to spill into the utility room and the entrance hallway.
On the ground floor, a recessed balcony area would still be included, but the block of flats would need to be sufficiently set back from the main road so that passers-by couldn’t see into the flat.
I am not a fan of combined kitchen/living areas. It means, for example, noise and cooking odours from the kitchen intruding on the living space. In Winter, it also means having to heat both kitchen and living area (since there’s nothing to separate them), even when the kitchen is not being used.
Internal doors should be at least 80 cm wide and 210 cm in height.
The height of the flat (floor to ceiling) should be at least 2.7 metres.
I think that’s about it. If you were looking to buy a studio flat, would you be happy with a layout like this?
Comments and criticism are very welcome :-)
Update: I’ve now created a few more studio flat layouts. For details, see the post More studio flat floor plans.