Anonymous asked in Business & FinanceRenting & Real Estate · 3 weeks ago

How to convert a one bedroom apartment so there are 3 private sleeping areas?

There is NO "dining room"..  Just an area in the kitchen with room for a dining table.   That area isnt an option.

Each person must have a private area with room for a bed, closet and dresser.


Removing walls isnt an option..  Id he renting

Update 2:

There is an idiot on here who insists I can cram 3 people into a one bedroom apartment.

Y'all are proving him wrong..  Keep the ridiculous suggestions coming

Update 3:

Im not the landlord.  Im looking for an affordable place to live.   Theres a moron user on here who insists I can cram 3 people in a one bedroom.

Occupancy limits in my area are 2 per bedroom..  But moron insists those limits are illegal.

Update 4:

Cant do bunk beds.

One bed is a queen.

16 Answers

  • John P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Frankly, you are onto a loser if you think it will be easy to make 3 separate sleeping areas in a one  bedroom apartment, especially as you have large beds and want room for a closet and a dresser. 

    Can you hang curtains to keep people apart visually if not in matters of hearing?

    I do hope you are right about it not being illegal to have more than 2 people in  one room.  Have you got that in writing from a law person who knows the law where that apartment is?  Local bye-laws may vary, and state laws vary across the USA.

  • garry
    Lv 4
    3 weeks ago

    how about moving to a 3 bedroom house , your place is to small .

  • 3 weeks ago

    Bunk beds in one half of the room, a twin in the other. Use curtains to divide the room so they can be opened to create more space. Unfortunately, three people in one bedroom is a lot--and space is going to be tight no matter what. Use your dressers or bookshelves to create the spaces you want. You aren't going to have THREE CLOSETS. Get real--you probably have ONE closet for that whole room. Don't expect the impossible here. 

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Occupancy limit is set by the city. So fight with them with being illegal. You will lose.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    You want three bedrooms, three closets and room for three dressers in each bedroom...all in the floor space of just one bedroom?

    Can you even fit three beds, three closets and three dressers in that one bedroom? I did not think so....therefore, you simply do not have the space to cram three bedrooms into the space of just one bedroom. forfeit a living room and either split that in half or the bedroom in half and use the living room as a bedroom.

    You may find an issue with the landlord to have that many people taking up residence in a one bedroom apartment.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    Okay, slumlord, what happens when you're busted because even if you don't have minimum square footage requirements how are you going to achieve this adequate ventilation and fire egress?

    If you want to ram beds in there you have to understand that your notion of "privacy" is going to have to be a lot laxer than usual and the people sharing will have to agree to "look without seeing" and not to hear things and generally be considerate.  It's going to be hell if there's another lock down.

  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    "Private" is the stumbling block here.  In a space as small as this achieving real privacy, a discrete space that is the exclusive domain of an individual, is really hard.  You can't take down walls so you have to subdivide an existing space.

    You didn't provide a floor plan so we can't even begin to guess at dimensions, let alone layout.  So any suggestions anyone makes can very easily be entirely wrong for your situation, but we have no way of knowing.  So please take answers with this caveat - the quality of information you provided has limited the quality of answers you will receive.

    To do this effectively - to the extent that each person would actually feel like they had a private space of their own - you'll have to design and install freestanding structures within the apartment.  It'll amount to something like a four-poster bed with curtains, ideally heavy blackout curtains.  Except at least two of the posts will be off the bed itself, extending out from it to a certain degree, to provide a bit of walkaround space around the bed itself.  This gives each tenant the capability to get around their bed and, among other things, get dressed.

    I would recommend you build these beds as loft beds, up off the floor.  When you're in the bed you're lying down so you don't need full height above them, and providing lots of extra height below affords some useful features: room for a loveseat, for instance, or a desk and/or a chest of drawers.  You gain back some of the useful floor space that a bed otherwise takes up all day but you can't use until bedtime.

    This can be done on a semipermanent basis using something like Zipwall poles, except homebrew so it's a bit more affordable and less utilitarian-looking than actual Zipwall poles.  Just a simple friction fit that holds things still, with a pad above and below to spread the load and prevent marring the apartment's interior.

    The curtains will not block sound well at all but they will muffle a bit.  Extra layers of curtains will be more effective at that or, if you're feeling confident, you can build sections of wall to install, again in a friction-fit manner, between the Zipwall columns.  Nothing permanently installed.  Nice small sections so they're affordable to build one at a time, build off-site and get through doorways easily.  But solid walls will do a better job of isolating the spaces from each other, though they will necessarily take up a bit more space.

    NOTE: even with just curtains, these spaces will become pretty congested pretty quickly.  Remember to make some allowances for ventilation.

    NOTE: this plan will require that you give up the living room to one of these structures.  How you make that work and still have something like a living room is difficult to determine; if you decide to forego the living room entirely then you can cede the rest of the living room to another bed enclosure and pick up another roomie, subdividing the apartment's rent just that much more.

  • 3 weeks ago

    logic says you remove the wall to existing bedroom ..add the floor area of lounge to the bedroom ..lets say ..200+150.=350 ..from this remove area for a corridor .to reach each room ..say 50 sq ft ..that leaves 300sq ft ...100ft per room less thickness of party walls ...does that comply with minimum size in your area ?  

  • 3 weeks ago

    you might be better off getting a 3 bedroom if thats what you want

  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    i dont think you can, i think you just need to get a 3 bedroom

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