Freelance designer Luke Clark Tyler keeps all his worldly possessions in the same amount of space that McMansion-dwellers allot for clothes and shoes. His Manhattan apartment is the size of a walk-in closet — 78 square feet, just enough space to park a Mini Cooper. 

Tyler has a convertible couch/bed — when the bed is folded down, it spans the entire apartment, which is only 6.5 feet wide. He has a desk with a mirror over it to give the illusion of a slightly larger room. His printer and microwave are in the closet. And … that’s about it. He doesn’t need to fit a bathroom in his space — he shares one with his neighbors — but he does need to carve out room in the closet to store his bathroom accoutrements, which is why he doesn’t use a full-size towel. Presumably he cuts the legs off his pants and squeezes out half his toothpaste too.

It’s kind of boggling that an apartment this small is even available for human habitation — it reminds me of nothing so much as the Robot Arms Apartments from Futurama — but hey, if you want to live in Manhattan for $800 a month, you don’t have that many options. And Tyler’s not just saving money by living small; he’s saving waste and utilities as well. Still, especially given that he works mainly from home, he’s probably relieved that there’s a big city outside his door.

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