My Minimalist Apartment Tour

This post is going to be an apartment tour of my space in Berlin, Germany. The apartment is roughly 50 m2 and consists of a bedroom, living room, bathroom, hallway, kitchen, and balcony.

Minimalist Apartment Tour
Living room

You got a little glimpse of it in one of my previous posts about my berlin budget. I won’t go too much into detail but will provide you with a brief overview of each of the rooms.

Let’s get started.

The hallway

The hallway is fairly small. I installed a coat hanger directly to the door for coats and bags. I managed to find the left shoe rack by the trash and got the other one for less than 4 Euros at IKEA.

On the left shelf are my S.O. shoes and on the right shelf, by the bathroom door, are mine.

Hallway

The bathroom

The bathroom is furniture free and unlike this photo may suggest, fairly spacious. šŸ˜‰

Bathroom

The living room

The living room is the heart of the space. Pictured is a used desk, a used shelf and a chair my S.O. picked up for free.

Living room

I bought a used standing desk and purchased a meditation cushion. My S.O. recently found an amazing futon made out of cotton for free and it’s the newest addition to the space.

Minimalist Apartment Tour
Living room

As much as I enjoy sitting on the floor, it can get pretty cold in the winter. The futon is going to be perfect for get-togethers and for guests.

The bedroom

Now on to the highlight of my apartment tour: my beloved futon.

I love sleeping on the floor and would have it no other way. The futon itself is roughly 6 cm thick and made out of a cotton blend.

Bed room

Most of the time my bedroom looks something like this: clothes drying and yoga mat ready to go.

Bed room

I wasn’t sure how to store my clothing and found a super simple solution:

From left to right:

  • I got a shelf for free
  • I managed to pick up a white chest of drawers for free with my S.O.
  • I went to IKEA for a clothing rack
  • I ended up getting two white containers for free when I picked up one of my wooden shelves

The left shelf stores primarily my S.O. clothing as well as bed linen. The white chest of drawers as well as the clothing rack we share 50/50.

Wardrobe

The kitchen

The kitchen is incredibly small, there’s no denying it and I absolutely love it.

There’s only one “real” piece of furniture: a wooden shelf that I picked up used.

Kitchen

Other than that there’s a sink, a washing machine, and a fridge and that’s pretty much it.

Stove, sink, washing machine

Please note, I did not clean prior to taking any of these photos.

That being said, the dishes on the right are clean. šŸ˜‰

Kitchen

To my surprise, the wooden shelf that I picked up, holds everything that I need.

I store food underneath the sink and in the fridge.

The balcony

One of my favorite features of my apartment: the balcony.

Why? Whenever I have friends over it’s super sweet to just hang out on the balcony. Of course, it’s also pretty neat for all my friends who smoke. šŸ™‚

Balcony

I don’t quite know if you can tell from the photo, but the balcony is pretty damn spacious and can hold a ton of people.

My S.O. and I found the chair you see on the photo on the street and I bought a cushion at IKEA.

My favorite spot?

My meditation cushion in the living room. I practice vipassana meditation for an hour every single day and this truly is my happy place.

Medtation cushion

Minimalist apartment tour

This was my apartment tour. As I said, I wanted to give you a brief overview of the space, without getting too much into detail.

I moved into this apartment at the end of June 2019 and don’t intend to buy any more furniture.

I just really love space, space to move, breath, and just be.

If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask away. Also, if you’d want to know more about certain areas of the space, ask ask ask!

As always, I’d love to hear from you.

How are you doing? How’s life? šŸ™‚

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6 Comments

  1. Gina
    November 9, 2019 / 6:52 PM

    Hello, Nina!
    I really enjoyed this apartment tour.
    My husband and I sold our couch in October, and we do not miss it. Yes, the floor can be a bit cold, but we put down a yoga mat and put on layers. A thin futon might be a good answer.
    Take care.
    Gina

    • Nina
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 7:25 AM

      Hello Gina,

      I am glad you enjoyed it!

      Awesome that you sold your couch! Definitely, as long as you’ve got something – be it a blanket, futon or yoga mat you should be good. I wasn’t able to host guests recently because there was nothing they could’ve slept on. That’s were the futon comes into play – it comfortably fits one person and should provide most people with enough support! šŸ™‚

      Have a great Sunday! šŸ™‚

      Much love,
      Nina

  2. Rowan Hagen
    November 9, 2019 / 8:06 PM

    Hi, I came here from your recent YouTube post. Your flat is perfect for you, and I love the balcony. My house is way too old and draughty to let me sleep on the floor, but I like the idea. Wishing you all good – Rowan

    • Nina
      Author
      November 10, 2019 / 7:28 AM

      Hi Rowan,

      It’s pretty rare to have a balcony this big, or a balcony at all, really and I am super happy to have one. I highly recommend giving it a go! My S.O. wasn’t sure about it at the beginning and a trip to South Korea, which involved sleeping on futons on the floor, got him hooked.

      It’s also a great solution for guests! šŸ™‚ Have a lovely Sunday, Rowan! šŸ™‚

      Much love,
      Nina

  3. Amanda
    November 11, 2019 / 3:42 AM

    Thanks for the tour! What a bright and lovely space! I love all the trees off the balcony.
    Do you have an oven? I know they’re not always common in European flats, which my American brain can’t quite comprehend. šŸ™ƒ
    Did your Kanken bite the dust? I’d love to see an updated wardrobe tour!

    • Nina
      Author
      November 12, 2019 / 6:43 PM

      Yes, it’s right there in the kitchen! šŸ™‚ I don’t think I’ve ever been to a flat in central and eastern Europe without an oven. Some European flats I’ve been to (especially in the east) only had small ones, but an oven, in one form or another, was always there! šŸ˜€

      Yes and no. The zipper broke, I sent it in for repair, got a quote, and decided to save money by buying a new backpack instead. Next time I’ll take a big trip I’ll get it prepared though. It packs up so small!

      Edit: Wardrobe tour – that’s a great idea! Clothing wisen it hasn’t changed much, but the organization is obv. a little different and that could be interesting. I’ll think about it! šŸ˜€

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