Single room or bachelor pad: which is best for you?

Single room or bachelor pad: which is best for you?

If you're living alone or moving into a flat with your partner, you may be stuck deciding if a single room or bachelor pad is right for you. While they are similar, they are both ideal for someone looking for a place but doesn't need two to three bedrooms, nor do they want to move into a communal. 

This article will weigh up a bachelor flat vs one-bedroom and help you decide which one is the best for you.

What is a single bedroom flat?

While self-explanatory, a one-bedroom flat is a flat with one bedroom separated from the other spaces. It has a door that separates your room from your kitchen, bathroom and lounge. Here are the pros and cons of choosing a single room flat.

Pros

  • With a single room flat, you can enjoy more space. While you may not want a two-room, a one-room flat still gives you enough space to live freely, and you can accommodate more as there is some form of separation. 
  • You can have more privacy, which may be ideal if you live with your partner and tend to have friends and family over. Or even if you have guests over and you would prefer them not to see your room, a one-bedroom flat will be ideal for you. Even if people come to stay over, they can sleep on a sleeper couch in the lounge, and you can still have privacy in your room. 
  • Your one-bedroom apartment may have more storage space in comparison to a bachelor. And you can tidy up your space and avoid having things out in the open when you have guests over. 
  • A favourable option for those who enjoy entertaining and having guests over. 

Cons

  • If you're on a tight budget, then a one-bedroom flat may not be the most affordable option as they are more expensive than a bachelor. This is because of the increase in square feet. 
  • More space to clean. This can be a con if you have a busy schedule or don't enjoy cleaning. One-bedroom flats have more space so they will require more cleaning. 

What is a bachelor pad?

A bachelor pad is one large area with a separate bathroom. If you choose a bachelor flat to rent in Ukhamba Mansions, your kitchen, bedroom and living room area are all in one large open plan space. These are ideal for people living alone and looking for a minimalistic home to avoid clutter.

Pros

  • If you're looking for an affordable flat to rent on your own, then a bachelor pad is ideal for you. They are the most affordable flats available. 
  • If you are rarely home, have a busy work schedule, or don't enjoy cleaning all that much, then a bachelor flat is what you should go for. With smaller spaces, upkeep is faster, suitable for busy schedules and those who don't want to spend hours cleaning. 
  • It has a cosier feel, especially if you are living alone. Even when you have friends over, you can still communicate from the opposite ends without needing to be in the same space. 
  • Ideal for people who have minimal furniture and don't have the finances for decorating and furnishing a bigger flat.

Cons

  • If you're someone who values your privacy, then a bachelor pad may not be ideal for you. When you have people over, you need to be comfortable with the fact that everything is out in the open. You need to figure out if this is a deal-breaker for you.
  • Bachelor pads tend to be smaller in size. While perfect for someone who doesn't need much space, if you have a lot of furniture or family that comes by regularly, it might be an issue because they won't have much space.

What type of flat should you rent?

When it comes down to what type of flat you should rent in South Africa, you need to be honest about your needs and wants and how long you plan on staying in the flat. If you know space and privacy aren't a deal-breaker for you, nor are you planning on having many people over, then a bachelor unit is an affordable option that you can't let slip. It will help you save money and ensure you live comfortably, especially if this is the first time you are moving out from home. You don't want to get in over your head as some additional costs come with moving out. However, if you need a bigger place and privacy, then a one-bedroom flat is ideal for you. While it's not as costly as a two-bedroom unit, it still gives you the privacy and space you need. We hope that this list of pros and cons help you in deciding what you need.

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