Urban apartment dwellers are nothing if not scrappy. New Yorkers, of course, are famous for stuffing themselves into shoe boxes with hotplates.  But there’s more to the story than affordability. More of us are choosing to minimize our footprint. Less space, less stuff, less stress. The cliche holds true in this sense: the less space we require, the more sustainable our cities become.

If density is destiny, the apartments in the slideshows below are over-achieving examples.  You’ll never complain about closet space again.

Got a closet?  You’ve got a bedroom.

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No closet for  your bedroom?  Then, by all means, make your bed part of the main decor.


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Where there’s a will, there’s a product.  Folks are ready to help you go micro, from kitchens in a tube to tubs in  sinks.