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Nano Studio: 140 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment for Students

This is the Nano Studio: a 140 sq. ft. micro apartment designed for students.

It’s created by the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada in an effort to offer affordable housing for its students.

Inside, you’ll find a very simple layout with a kitchen, bathroom, and a living area that converts from bedroom to study using multi-functional furniture.

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Nano Studio: 140 Sq. Ft. Micro Apartment for Students

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Video Tour: Nano Studio Micro Apartment


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  • Avatar kevin

    i think the only addition I would make is adding a microwave to above the cook top.

    • Avatar SteveDenver

      A microwave range hood would do the trick and not eat up much space. For students on-the-go, a microwave seems compulsory!

  • Avatar alice h

    I usually find the bathrooms larger than they need to be for a room with so few functions requiring lots of open space. I would also have added a tiny drop leaf eating table so you could eat your messy meals without involving the desk. Otherwise quite luxurious student digs.

  • Avatar Sailhappy

    Who makes the convertible bed-desk? No loft is ok for a single with an overnight guest. With a high ceiling it could even function for two, allowing room for clothes, sports equipment, and food-comfort storage. My wife and I live in 170 sq ft with often one guest. More sleeping on a blow-up on the deck if the weather is good.

  • Avatar Kurt

    If I were looking at something like this to live in, I’d want a wall separating the kitchen.

    • Avatar Megan

      Simmer apple cider vinegar on the stove to eliminate cooking odors.

      • Avatar Gigi

        Or you can simmer plain water with some cinnamon added; or add a used peppermint tea bag. Citrus peels are a nice addition when available.

  • Avatar Gigi

    I would use a pocket door for the bathroom, a toilet with a sink top (refills toilet tank with the sink’s gray water and saves even more floor space), and cabinets or deep shelving above the bed.

    I really want one of those Murphy bed/desk setups when I have my tiny home.

    • Avatar SteveDenver

      Murphy Beds have really come a long way. There are beds that have a sofa or a desk or a dining table — when the bed goes up, the secondary function is revealed.

  • Avatar Rue

    I would have been happy as a little clam in a setup like this. Good luck getting me to move out after graduation, even!

    Though, I do agree that a microwave is a dorm necessity; and the wet bath idea is a good one, too.

    • Avatar Ava

      That was my first thought too – I’d’ve loved this when I was in school, good luck getting me to leave!

      • Avatar Alex

        I agree… this is such a great space for someone just starting out. Either for when in school, or living single starting out career, trying out a new city, etc.

  • Avatar Claude

    Nice, it’s a lot different from my time. it was so sterile and rigid!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      It’s awesome! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Dominick Bundy

    For such a teeny tiny space, I think it is very well thought out and planned like that desk / bed combo. and it has a CLOSET which is a major selling point for me.. Bathroom appears adequate. Some wall shelves and cupboards could be added in the kitchen area. For a minimalist it’s all one really needs . I like everything it has to offer.. Bravo

    • Avatar Dominick Bundy

      ADDENDUM OOPS1 My bad I just notice the picture diagram already has cupboards that I was talking about.. but in the video. there wasn’t any..

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        Yes closets are a must! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Kid Cardona

    Some very good ideas were mentioned which l think would of been nice to add, but really it looks good and has good function as is. As a student, you really need a table to work off on. Maybe a table that folds down the wall where the poster is would of been good. It is a nice little apartment for a student or starting out on your own.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes depending on how many books you are working from, more desk space is really nice! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Susanne

    How wonderful! And not just for students!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Agreed! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Barnie

    An especially great space for student quarters, but could easily extend beyond just students.

  • Avatar jm

    Wait…who’s the little clam? Knew I’d get something out of this post.

  • Avatar ROSEE

    A great TH apartment for students, although I am not overly fond of the stark while walls. To each his/her own.

    • Avatar ROSEE

      Sorry! I meant white, not while.

  • Avatar Michael L

    I love the bed-desk combo. That’s a great idea for any small space

  • Avatar Kay

    I want to like this flat… But I don’t. I think that the bathroom is too big (when the flat only has 14 sq m). I think that the length of the bathroom is about the same as the length of the bed – so around 1.8m/2m… As some one else suggested, a pocket door could reduce this space.

    I think that it is missing a ‘relax’ zone – whether that is an easy chair (which could fit in the corner where the red chair is, or a wee dining table.

    Agree with the comments about a microwave

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Very good ideas to improve the space, Kay — Tiny House Talk Team

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