I heard some people saying they can ‘convert’ a 1 bedroom apartment into 2 bedrooms. How do they do that? Build a wall down the middle? Often I see an ad for rent like "2Bedroom Converted Apartment". How would you split a 1BR into 2BR while still maintaining privacy?
It can be done, but probably shouldn’t be if you’re going to be renting it out, and not using it yourself. There wouldn’t be enough space. I’ve seen some closets actually turned into rooms with a lot of work and creativity, but it depends on the size. If you’re looking to create a seperate space for yourself, consider doing something non permanent and interesting, like using dividers or screens to semi block off the area. A good thing to do it take the dimensions of the room, draw it out, copy it, and play around with lighting and placement of furniture. It will give you a good idea of what would work and let you play around with options without breaking your back.
In my house, the advertised it as "3 bedrooms". I have 2 downstairs, and the whole area upstairs is my room. I toook half of it though, the area near the stairs that has good lighting, and turned it into a reading area. I haven’t quite figured out how to semi block it off yet, but it seems seperate, and if I wanted to sell, I would be ok with selling it as a 3 bedroom plus office area.
If you own the place, you can do whatever you want. I’ve considered changing a closet into built in shelf space to make things more accessible, and make it seem like having more space.
Hope this helps a bit. Have fun!