Living in Small Spaces

Living in small spaces can require a lot of careful planning to maximize the space you have available. From storing your holiday decorations to have a dedicated space to eat meals, living in tight quarters can quickly turn in to a nightmare. However, keeping your footprint small and maximizing your space can be truly freeing.

Patrick Kennedy of Fair Companies designs SmartSpaces – the apartment equivalent of a SmartCar – to maximize efficiency in small living spaces for urban living. The idea seems highly plausible – low rent, desirable addresses, and big city living with plenty of nearby amenities – but would you be comfortable living in 160 square feet? That’s the size of most people’s living rooms. Check out their video below:

These mini-studios could work for those living by themselves and without a need for more room. If you work more than forty hours a week and are a weekend warrior, you’re never really home much anyway. These spaces would be for personal storage and a place to shower and sleep. California’s minimum square footage requirement for a living space is 160 square feet, but other states, such as New York, have much lower requirements.

For highly desirable locations, such as Manhattan, mini-studios can get smaller than 90 square feet. Living in a space that tiny requires a lot of planning and organization, as well as some serious downsizing. Check out how Felice Cohen does it here:

So, do you still think your home is too small?

A lot of us have requirements for larger spaces – pets, kids, storage needs, etc – that don’t allow us to live so minimally. And honestly, unless you are living in a largely impacted city, you don’t need to sacrifice space for location. However, for those on a budget, or just starting out in a big city, having an affordable living space close to the place where you work can offset other costs, such as transportation, housing association fees, and the cost of utilities or furnishings. Sure, you may not be able to invite your friends over for a gourmet meal you prepared, but big city living provides you with urban amenities just around the corner. And just think, when the time comes to move, you’re entire apartment will fit into a portable storage unit!


Pricing List

Full Service Pricing



Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%


Plus DDT, +30%

Excludes A Nominal 30% Fuel Charge, Per Truck. Mandatory 8 Hr Min For Same Day Moves/Bookings + Additional $150 Same Day Rush Charge And Any Other Applicable Fees. 4Hrs Minimum. Anything Over Will Be Billed At The Applicable Booked Rates For Service. In Addition, 5% Will Be Billed Per Man For Anything Over 8Hrs.


Additional 3% Processing Fee For All Moves And Additional Fees Apply After 8 Hours. There Is Also An Additional $30 Fee If You Have 2+ Crew On Your Job.

Labor Only Pricing






Labor Only Fee + $30 travel charge


What is a DDT?

DDT sounds like you’re being charged double for drive time but that’s a mistake! The California Public Utilities Commission requires all moving companies to charge DDT on hourly rated moves. DDT means you are charged for the time between the old house (origin) and the new house and the moving company is responsible for the drive time between the warehouse and the origin. DDT actually SAVES you money!

One Hour Arrival Time

Please allow a one hour window for the movers to arrive. Example: 9am-10am

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Cancellation Fee

Cancellation fee of $150 (per a 2 man crew) when order was not cancelled within 72 hours before the move. 4 man crew is $300 cancellation fee. Mandatory 8 hr min for same day moves/bookings + additional $150 same day rush charge and any other applicable fees. I authorize Student Movers, Inc. to assign any charges associated with services to my credit card account I provide prior to the move and/or for any cancellation fee, when 72hrs notice was not given prior to the move date.Bids accepted are non-refundable for long distance moves.

Weight Requirements

Any item that weighs over 250 lbs or requires special equipment may be subject to an additional charge. Please be sure you let us know about any bulky or heavy items before your movers arrive.

2 Days Notice

Please plan for two days in advance and make sure to select the time you prefer so that we can give you priority. Two days notice is recommended, yet we can accommodate same day moves depending on our schedule.