- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 13 Sep 2018
A studio flat is a self-contained habitable space in which the living room, bedroom and kitchen facilities are all incorporated into one space, sometimes with partial walls or other forms of divider used to separate the different areas.
A bedroom may be positioned in one corner, while a small kitchen (or kitchenette) may be in another corner, with the space between them allocated as the ‘living room’. The bathroom facilities are typically contained in a smaller room within the flat.
Depending on the building complex, studio flats may also include storage spaces, fold-away beds, garden areas, balconies, and so on. According to London’s planning guidance, the minimum size recommended for a studio flat, is 37 sq. m.
A one-bedroom flat (often referred to as a ‘single flat’ or ‘bedsit’), has separate spaces for the bedroom, living room, and kitchen areas instead of a single multi-purpose room. The similarity between a one-bedroom flat and a studio flat is the separate bathroom space.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
The David Lloyd Lymington Sports Village was 'Commended' in CIAT's 2018 AT Awards.
How do we make the smart city a reality?
Sir Nicholas Grimshaw has been awarded the UK’s highest honour for architecture.
Protecting the construction industry from Brexit.
Conceiving buildings collaboratively, testing them virtually.
Effective collaboration in post-disaster response and recovery
How do you prepare a claim for an extension of time and ensure it isn't rejected?
How innovative ‘design thinking’ may lead to new surface-water solutions.
What will be this year's office design trends?
Enhancing sustainability and resilience in disaster response.
What are EIAs, why are they needed and for which type of project?