Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio

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Manhattan shoebox apartment: a 78-square-foot mini studio 4.5
A couple years ago, Manhattan architect Luke Clark Tyler, lived in a 96 square foot apartment. Instead of upsizing with his latest move, he chose to squeeze himself and his belongings into even less space.

Luke now lives in a 78 square foot shoebox studio. It's too narrow to fit a bed lengthwise, but using a bit of plywood and 2x4s he built his own custom bed/couch.

He keeps his clothes, plates, microwave, books, spices and shaving and cleaning supplies in a large built-in cabinet. The rest of his kitchen is a tiny refrigerator that helps hold up his desk (he works for home as a contract architect).

While he admits he misses being able to cook a real meal- though he's vegetarian so eats a lot of vegetables and nuts and can even microwave eggs- Luke doesn't see living small as a sacrifice.

He loves living in the heart of New York City- his place is in Midtown Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen- and he likes paying just $750/month (cheaper than the shared housing he could find in the area).

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i wonder if he realizes he's living in a janitorial closet

Author — karen dogu


Sir, blink twice if you’re being held hostage.

Author — A Sottilare


When he said he works from home, my heart broke a little.

Author — Brian Lange


It helps that I’m dating a blowup doll. I deflate her to save space.

Author — Brown_and_Curly_ NE_Girly


He lost me on the bathroom. If there’s no kitchen and bathroom it’s not an apartment, it’s a RENTED ROOM!!

Author — Rude Dude


just to say " I live in Manhattan" sad...

Author — darlin one


This guy is living in hell. He wakes up every morning trying to convince himself he did the right thing.

Author — Brok Homz


if he works from "home" he could literally live anywhere in the world and do the same job.



800 a month to live in an apartment thats literally the average size of a prison cell

Author — Gm 4L


hes trying to hard to convince himself this is a good idea

Author — David Lee


The guy laughs wayyy too much. Like he’s embarrassed to show his “cell”

Author — Linda Rossi


I was like “ok cool” until he said he shares his freaking bathroom with FOUR other

Author — Emily Allshouse


I'm just imagining the owner of the building laughing hysterically with his friends about the guy that pays $200 a week to sleep in his closest

Author — Wayfaring Stranger


I’d rather live in prison because you’d have more room and amenities plus save $800 a month.

Author — Joe Hostile


I think I may have an idea why some New Yorkers seems so angry all the time.

Author — avaorchid


Rent in 2019 for this place is probably $3k

Author — D M


Someone just saw this and feels better about their life

Author — Mal


“If you will hee hee”... this guy really messed up with this decision.

Author — Jake Segal


1st he says he's vegetarians the next second he says he makes eggs in his microwave. Millennials are weird

Author — ry vibes


"My home office, if you will"

I won't

Author — KaBash