How Big is 2,000 Square Feet?

For some people, 2,000 square feet is a ton of space, but for others, it might as well be a tiny home. It all depends on your perspective, not to mention the sheer amount of junk that you own.

Wondering whether you can cram yourself and your worldly possessions into a space of this size? Let’s take a nice deep dive into how a 2,000-square-foot apartment literally measures up.

calculator and tape measure

calculator and tape measure

How to calculate 2,000 square feet

First, it’s pretty important to know that a square foot is just that — picture a square that is one foot on each side. So, a 2,000-square-foot apartment is 2,000 of those bad boys laid out according to floor plan. Determining the square-footage of a space is a little trickier the bigger it gets. Still, it’s a useful skill and really isn’t difficult once you get the hang of it.

To get started, buy or borrow a 100-foot tape measure. You know, the kind that springs back at you way too fast if you don’t know what you’re doing. Also, grab a calculator (or just use your phone), as well as a pen and paper.

Before you get started, wander the unit and sketch the shape of the rooms. This is where you will write down the measurements for each room as you take them. If one room is oddly shaped (like a square with a rectangular nook on one end) it’s okay to split them up as if they’re separate rooms.

Next, for each room, you’ll need to measure the length and width. Record the measurements (in inches) on your crude drawing. Round up to the nearest inch. So, if a room is 20.6 inches long, write down 21 inches.

Once you’ve got all of the measurements noted, have a seat and whip out the old phone calculator. Divide each individual measurement by 12 to convert it into feet. For example, a 144-inch wide room divided by 12 inches is 12 feet. Do that for every single length and width.

Now, multiply each individual room’s length in feet by its width in feet. This will give you the square footage of that room. So, a room that is 8 feet wide by 7 feet long is 56 square feet. Feel free to make someone else do the calculations and use a square footage calculator.

Follow the same process with every room in the unit. Don’t forget closets and pantries! Once you have the square-footage for every room, add them all together. This will give you the final number for the whole apartment.

tennis courts

tennis courts

What does 2,000 square feet look like

It’s tougher to visualize 2,000 square feet than a smaller unit because it’s just so much bigger. Still, there are a few ways to look at it to give a better idea.

If you’re a tennis player, or are simply familiar with the playable area of the court, picture that to start. A standard court is 2,800 square feet within the lined areas. So, this does not include the areas that people can still technically run around on outside the baseline. If you remove the space on one side of the court from the service line to the base line (including the alleys from that point) the remaining area is much closer to 2,000 square feet.

If that’s making your head spin, picture a two-car garage. A space like that is roughly 400 square feet. So, five two-car garages is just about 2,000 square feet.

You can expect quite a bit more out of a 2,000 square-foot apartment than the average garage, however. Typically, units of this size have three or even four bedrooms, plus a kitchen, living area, walk-in closets and multiple bathrooms. Here’s a great example of a floor plan for such a space at 180 Riverside Boulevard in New York City’s Upper West Side.



Of course, in that area of New York City such a unit will set you back about a zillion dollars a month, but at least you know what you’re working with, size-wise.

professional movers picking up couch

professional movers picking up couch

Tips for living in a 2,000 square foot apartment

A unit of any size comes with potential and challenges. Make life in your 2,000-square-foot apartment as seamless as possible and follow these easy tips.

Choose roommates wisely

In a unit this size, it’s likely that you’re sharing space with a buddy or two. No matter how much you love the person, make sure that you’re compatible before signing the lease. This includes preferences on cleanliness, frequency of overnight visitors, how to split the bills and so on. Nothing makes an otherwise roomy apartment feel smaller than a bad roommate pairing.

Take your time with decorating

It’s always exciting to move into a new space, but take a beat and get to know what you need and what you have to work with before splurging on new furniture. Be thorough with measurements of each piece before purchase because too much furniture can make a big space feel small and clunky.

Get professional help

A 2,000-square-foot rental is legit the size of a house, so it’s probably time to let your friends and family off the hook and hire professional movers, instead. They have all of the tools and know-how to get it done quicker and without potential injury. There are plenty of budget-friendly options out there, so get multiple quotes before selecting one.

Assign a multi-functional space

Some people only dream of having 2,000 square feet to work with. Use the extra area to your advantage and assign a bedroom double or even triple-duty! For example, if you expect the occasional guest, but also love painting and yoga, turn the room into a well-appointed guest/yoga/art room!

Commit to a clutter-free environment

More space often equals more purchases because there’s more room for storage. Keep it from getting out of control by purging regularly. For example, put a quarterly closet/bathroom/kitchen cleanout on the calendar and stick to it.

Another good rule of thumb is to donate a clothing item for each new one that you buy. That way, the closet doesn’t get out of control full. Plus, you don’t have to get more hangers. Really, it’s a win/win.

2,000 square feet, an apartment odyssey

Whether you’re sizing way up or scaling way back, life in a 2,000-square-foot apartment is as much of an adventure as you long for. Simply whip out the old tape measure and do some calculations to get ready for this next step in your journey.




These Caregiver Jobs Are in Demand — No Medical Training Required

Job seekers can find immediate openings in most areas across the country as companions for retirees. No medical training is required, though most applicants need to have a driver’s license and their own transportation.

“Right now, there is a crisis for caregivers. The demand is so high. We all need them,” said Elaine Poker-Yount, director of care management for the Visiting Angels franchise in Mesa, Ariz. “It’s not just us. There is strong demand for all caregiver positions.”

Visiting Angels has more than 600 franchises in 50 states employing caregivers who help seniors with transportation, easy meal preparation, light housekeeping, other activities of daily living and mostly being a friend.

Some Visiting Angels franchises as well as many other senior care program employers around the country are also hiring home health aides or personal care aides. They tend to help with additional tasks such as teeth brushing, bathing and toileting.

These Caregiver Jobs Are in Demand

Home Health Aides

Typically, these aides need a high school diploma or equivalent and must complete formal training and pass an exam. This career often doesn’t require you to have your own transportation while being a companion does usually require driving.

Home health aides earned a median annual salary of $27,080 or about $13 per hour in 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. It expects the overall employment of these caregiver jobs to grow 33% in the next eight years as Baby Boomers age.

BizInsure, a marketplace for business insurance, reports that many home health aide training programs last just two weeks. Training programs cost between $200 and $1,000. Because there is such a shortage of people to fill caregiver jobs, some employers will pay for new hires to get their caregiver certification.

Most community colleges offer training and exam prep for these caregiver jobs.

The course and exam are more about knowing how to care for people than medical training.


Many job seekers who aren’t up for bathing and toileting assistance already have skills that can be put to good use as a full-time or part-time companion.

“We look for someone with empathy, not sympathy. Someone who can walk in someone else’s shoes and see the world from their point of view,” Poker-Yount said. “We look for that respect piece, that they really want to make a difference in somebody’s life.”

Pro Tip

Search here to see if Visiting Angels is filling caregiver jobs in your zip code.

Because each Visiting Angels franchise has a different owner, there is no set pay scale. Many offer competitive pay of two or more dollars per hour above the state’s minimum wage. Employees with more experience may be compensated more than that, Poker-Yount said. Some offer benefits. You can work full time as a companion or as little as one four-hour shift a week in most cases.

Each state’s licensing or association requirements for caregiver jobs are different, though it’s not uncommon for companions to undergo criminal background checks and provide references. Some programs also require CPR training.

Who Typically Works as a Caregiver?

Some caregivers are students going through medical school or working to become a physical therapist, but many are caring people with no specific academic or medical training wanting to work part time or full time.

Poker-Yount doesn’t require job applicants to have prior care working with seniors in a professional setting. She does look for employees who have cared for a family member at some time in their life for six months or more.

“Somebody who took care of a little sister who had Down syndrome, or cared for someone with intellectual development difficulties or who took care of their spouse makes a wonderful companion,” she said. “We have found family caregiving is the best experience for providing well-rounded care.”

Poker-Yount is certified to train companions to care for clients with dementia.

“Not everybody is comfortable caregiving in a dementia world, whether because they lived in it or because they haven’t had experience and it daunts them,” she said. “When the caregiver has zero to little dementia experience and gets a client (with dementia) they grow with them. They become phenomenal. It’s baby steps along the way.”

Employers make sure the caregiver is comfortable with the older adult and so that the client and caregiver are a good match and it’s a good work environment.

Katherine Snow Smith is a staff writer for The Penny Hoarder.




The Most Expensive Apartment in New York City

If you’ve got $16,000 a month to spare, then you’re the lucky renter that can afford to live the penthouse life in the most expensive apartment in the most expensive city in America.

Living in New York City is expensive in every facet of life. Not only is it the most expensive U.S. city overall, but with an average of $6,499 a month for a two-bedroom unit, it has the most expensive apartments in the nation, as well.

Some people just have their hearts set on fancy, expensive apartments in Manhattan with every convenience and amenity imaginable. But there is an elite group of renters who are on the hunt for the most expensive apartment. And that honor goes to a three-bedroom, three-and-a-half bath penthouse in Chelsea that will run you nearly 16 grand a month.

Meet Penthouse D at the Beatrice Apartments in Midtown, the most expensive apartment in New York City. Here’s what makes this grand “ultimate space for comfort, luxury and leisure” 54 stories above Manhattan worth so much.

The perfectly convenient Midtown South neighborhood

Outdoor dining in Koreatown, New York

Outdoor dining in Koreatown, New York

The Beatrice Apartments could not be more convenient. The building is located at the corner of 29th Street and Sixth Avenue. The complex is set inside the 12-square-block swath where the North Chelsea neighborhood overlaps Midtown South. Other Midtown neighborhoods, including the Garment District, NoMad, Koreatown, Flatiron and Rose Hill, are all steps away.

Nearly everything you could desire is just a short walk away. Every variety of restaurant, boutique, café, bodega and bar is nearby. Greeley Square Park is just two blocks away and Madison Square Park is four. The Empire State Building is a four-minute walk, and the Theater District and Times Square are just 15.

The building’s block rates a perfect Transit Score of 100, a “Rider’s Paradise.” Stops for the 1, 2, 3, B, D, F, M, N, Q, R and W subways and PATH trains are within a few-minute walk. And Penn Station is just four short blocks away for access to Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit.

In addition, the location earns a Walk Score of 99, a “Walker’s Paradise,” and a “Very Bikeble” Bike Score of 84. And the property charges no broker fee.

A deluxe apartment in the sky with stunning views

Interior living room from the Beatrice, New York

Interior living room from the Beatrice, New York

The most expensive listed apartment in New York City is Penthouse D, one of the building’s four penthouses. It occupies the southeast quadrant of the building’s top floor, the 53rd just under the rooftop lounge. The unit features wall-to-wall floor-to-ceiling windows above 6th Avenue, which is officially Avenue of the Americas. The spot offers direct views of the Empire State Building. But if interest in seeing out over Brooklyn and Long Island wanes, the entire unit offers blackout shades.

The three-bedroom and three-and-a-half bath unit stretches over 1,673 square feet in total. Its 10-foot ceilings hover over oak hardwood and porcelain tile floors. Every room has heat and air conditioning with its own controls.

The master suite features a 14-by-18 foot bedroom, a massive walk-in closet and two linen closets. The master bath offers a separate stand-up glass shower and soaking tub and a double-sink vanity. Both the 11-by-12 foot second bedroom and 12-by-12 foot third bedroom feature reach-in closets and their own full en suite bathrooms. All three bedrooms have eastern views out towards the Empire State Building.

The compact kitchen includes high-end stainless steel appliances from Sub-Zero, Viking and Miele and Italian marble and granite countertops. The kitchen island looks out over the spacious 21-by-21 foot living and dining area. And across from the second bedroom is a half bath.

Exclusive facilities 50 stories above New York

Common room at the Beatrice, New York

Common room at the Beatrice, New York

The “sleek, sophisticated and ultra-luxurious” Beatrice Apartments occupy 29 floors of a much taller building. The Beatrice begins on the 24th floor of the 54-story building, with the remainder occupied by the posh Kimpton Hotel Eventi. In all, the 620,000-square-foot building, completed in 2010, tops out at 614 feet in architectural height. That makes the structure the 92nd tallest in New York and 375th in the country.

Community facilities include a private catering kitchen, conference meeting room and fitness center with Peloton bicycles and a yoga studio. But the most prominent amenity is the Beatrice’s exclusive Cloud Lounge on the 54th-floor rooftop just one floor up from the apartment. The combined indoor/outdoor space is perfect for personal or party pleasure, with stunning eastern views all the way out to Brooklyn. Relax on the terrace, or play in the recreation lounge with two 60″ LCD televisions and a Brunswick billiards table.

The entire apartment building is fully pet friendly and smoke free. It offers 24-hour staff, including a round-the-clock concierge desk. Services include in-house valet dry cleaning and monthly parking. And the staff host annual Independence Day and winter holiday parties for residents and guests.

What else you could get for that money

New York subway train

New York subway train

Even for a jaded New Yorker, spending nearly $16,000 a month on a Manhattan apartment is a little crazy. But how do you put that kind of expense into perspective? Here are a few other things you can buy each month for the price of this penthouse at the Beatrice.

  • 5,814 rides on the MTA subway
  • 89 pairs of Vagabond shoes that are longing to stray
  • Thirty pounds of USDA Prime dry-aged strip steak from Peter Luger’s Steak House
  • 139 tickets to see the New York Giants, but 170 tickets to see the New York Jets who play at the same stadium
  • Ten medium-sized Louis Vuitton handbags from Saks Fifth Avenue, or 320 knockoff medium-sized Louis Vuitton handbags from a table at the corner of Broadway and Canal

More affordable but still expensive units

Make no mistake, even a lousy apartment in New York City will still cost you a pretty penny. But if money is no object, what is one to do if you wish to live in the lap of luxury but this penthouse just isn’t your cup of high tea? Here are five other pricey Manhattan apartments that are slightly more affordable.

  • 170 Amsterdam, 170 Amsterdam Ave. (Lincoln Square): $15,352 for three bedrooms
  • Prism at Park Avenue South, 50 E. 28th St.(Rose Hill): $10,480 for two bedrooms
  • West 96th, 750 Columbus Ave. (Manhattan Valley): $8,482 for two bedrooms
  • 300 East 39th, 300 E. 39th St. (Murray Hill): $8,021 for two bedrooms
  • Parc East, 240 E. 27th St. (Kips Bay): $7,500 for two bedrooms

Enjoy it if you can afford it

Living in a swank penthouse apartment in Chelsea is the stuff of a rom-com or heist movie. That’s what you’d expect from the most expensive apartment in New York City. It’s a pipe dream for New Yorkers not named Icahn or Bloomberg. So, maybe a walk-up in the Village or a brownstone on the Upper West Side are more your speed.

But if your budget is a little less, head on over to and find a slew of apartments in Manhattan or elsewhere in New York that won’t break the bank.


The rent information included in this article is accurate as of September 2021 and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.


How Big is 1,000 Square Feet?

When searching for an apartment, listings often include the square footage of the space. However, it’s not always easy to picture exactly what that looks like. How big is 1,000 square feet, really? Knowing how to calculate square footage can go a long way in helping you decide if an apartment will meet your minimum space requirements or if you should skip it altogether.

How to calculate 1,000 square feet

Although the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) offers guidelines for determining residential square footage, following them is not mandatory. So, what you see listed as an apartment’s square footage may not, in fact, be the actual square footage. It’s important for you to measure the square footage yourself to ensure you have an accurate measurement.

Knowing how to calculate square footage is a simple process. Before taking any measurements, be sure to list all the apartment’s different rooms on a piece of paper so you measure them all, including hallways and closets.

Next, take a tape measure and, starting in the first room, measure the length and width of the room. Multiply those two numbers and write down the total next to that room’s name on your list. That’s the square footage for that room.

To make the math easier, round the measurement to the nearest half foot. So, if your bedroom is 11 feet, 8 inches by 8 feet, 6 inches, multiply 11.5 by 8.5. Your bedroom has approximately 98 square feet.

Measure all the rooms, closets and hallways in the apartment and add these numbers together to get the total square footage.

What does 1,000 square feet look like?

The actual layout of a 1,000-square-foot apartment varies, but it’s not uncommon to find an apartment with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen and a combined living and dining area. While it’s hard to picture just how large this is, think of how big similar-sized items look.

For instance, the average two-car garage is 20-feet-by-20-feet, or 400 square feet. Picture two and a half two-car garages side by side. Another example is a regulation tennis court for singles matches, which measures 2,106 square feet, meaning the 1,000-square-foot apartment would be just less than half the size of the tennis court.



Tips for living in a 1,000-square-foot apartment

If you decide to live in a 1,000-square-foot apartment, here are some ideas for making the most of your living space.

Use light colors to make the room look larger

If your landlord allows, paint the walls a light color that will reflect the light, making the room appear bigger. You can add pops of color and texture throughout by using pillows, flowers and artwork. If you do want color on your walls, consider painting just one wall, known as a statement wall. This can add focus to the room without making it seem smaller.

Adding plants throughout the apartment also brings a touch of color, which can make the rooms feel larger. If you don’t have the space for a small plant or tree to sit in a corner of the room, consider a hanging basket in a corner or placing some small pots on a wall shelf.

Use a few large furniture pieces

You may feel prompted to fill the rooms with several small furnishings such as accent chairs, side tables and bookshelves. Instead, choose a few large pieces that give the room a clean, uncluttered look. For instance, skip the love seat, side chairs, tables and ottomans and instead, go with a large sofa, coffee table and chair.

You also can use the sofa or a side table as a border to separate the living area from the dining area. Because these furnishings are low, they can serve as room dividers without making the room feel smaller.

Maximize storage space

Storage is a challenge for most people and it’s no different in a 1,000-square-foot apartment. Add in storage where you can without stuffing the rooms with cabinets or bookshelves.

When shopping for a coffee table, look for one with a built-in shelf or drawers. Add hooks to the inside of kitchen cabinet doors to hang utensils and measuring cups to free up cabinet and drawer space. Adding shelf risers in the kitchen and bathroom cabinets can double your storage space.

Of course, bookshelves are a great way to incorporate storage into a small apartment, but be careful not to cram everything onto those shelves. Otherwise, the room looks cluttered and messy, which diminishes the room’s appearance.

Use design tricks to make rooms look larger

You can actually make small rooms feel bigger with a few design tricks. For example, adding vertical lines to the room in the form of wallpaper, paint or window treatments can make rooms feel larger with higher ceilings.

Placing a mirror in a room also adds depth. Before settling on a place for the mirror, experiment with the light and reflection by putting it in a variety of spots to see which one offers the best effect. You could also make a statement wall by putting together a collection of mirrors in varying sizes.

Make use of baskets

Various basket sizes and shapes can help clean up the clutter while looking stylish at the same time. Use large round baskets in the living area to collect magazines and books. Use rectangle baskets to store sweaters, shirts or shoes under the bed. Another option is to roll up and store towels in a basket in the bathroom.

Take advantage of unused spaces, by placing baskets in corners or underneath side or coffee tables. Hanging baskets in the bathroom or kitchen offer even more storage for a variety of items without taking up much space.

Make the most of 1,000 square feet

Although 1,000 square feet doesn’t seem like much, especially when broken up into three or four different rooms, it’s actually quite comfortable. It’s just a matter of maximizing the décor, furnishings and storage to fit your lifestyle.




How Big is 800 Square Feet?

So, you’ve found a new apartment to call home — the location looks nice and the utilities and amenities fit your needs. However, the size of the apartment is only 800 square feet and you start to wonder how big that is and what it actually looks like?

Trying to figure out the sizing of an apartment can feel challenging, but it shouldn’t. Here are some tips for measuring out square footage and deciding if an 800-square-foot apartment is the right choice for you.

How to calculate 800 square feet

While searching for a new apartment, you’ll sometimes come across listings that include the floor plans so you can easily visualize how big 800 square feet is. That’s not always the case, though, so it’s best to know how to calculate it on your own. Here’s what you need to do.

Gather supplies

Start off by gathering or purchasing all the necessary supplies you’ll need to do the measuring, including a measuring tape, pencil and paper to jot down notes.

Measure, measure, measure

Next, you’ll need to measure all the rooms in the apartment separately including bathrooms and closets. Go room by room and measure the length and the width of that room then multiply those two numbers. That number will be the square footage of that room.

Once you’ve done all the rooms, add all the numbers together and there you have it — the total square footage of the apartment.

Don’t forget to exclude some areas

It’s important to know that you don’t need to measure the rooms that aren’t livable, such as garages, patios and decks. Only heated, interior rooms are included in square-footage calculation.

What does 800 square feet look like?

To visualize it better, 800 square feet is about the size of five parking spaces or a little smaller than three school buses combined. Typically, in an 800-square-foot apartment, you’ll find either a one- or two-bedroom apartment. The bedrooms are small but they’re definitely livable. With 800 square feet, you’ll have more defined areas that will make your apartment feel more spacious.



Tips for living in an 800-square-foot apartment

Moving into a smaller apartment is challenging. You might be wondering where you’re going to put all your stuff or how to make it feel bigger than it really is. Here are five tips on how to best live in an 800-square-foot apartment.

Go vertical

If you’re living in a smaller space, then every square foot is your friend. People forget about the vertical area on the wall or above doors and cabinets. Get rid of the clutter in your kitchen drawers by putting magnetic strips on the backsplash for knives. Stack your washer and dryer to save on space or put a shelf or cabinet above your door.

Once you start looking at everything in a new way, you’ll see all the possibilities. The walls are your friends!

Use multifunctional furniture

When shopping for furniture, look for pieces that serve dual purposes. Get a couch that has storage under it to keep your pillows and blankets or a coffee table with hidden storage. Use this extra space to store things that you don’t use often.

By making your furniture functional, you’ll create a much better living area. Also, design experts suggest buying bigger items to make the room seem larger. It may seem counterintuitive but bigger furniture can actually make the room look bigger.

Decorate with neutrals

Some landlords are picky about this, but if they allow you to repaint the apartment, use a nice bright white. The color white opens everything up and makes it feel more airy and open. By doing this, you’ll create the illusion of more area in your small apartment.

Contain the clutter

Clutter is the worst thing to have in a small area as it will make you feel overwhelmed and squished. It’s best to contain the clutter from the beginning. Instead of just throwing things into random places, use bins that stack and label them. You’ll then know where everything is and what’s in every bin. You’ll also have more space to sprawl out and relax.

Embrace the tiny

The truth is, if you’re living in a smaller area, you won’t get to keep everything you want. Embrace the tiny and rid yourself of unnecessary items. When you move into your new home, you’ll find yourself not missing the things you got rid of. Instead, you’ll feel lighter and realize you have everything you need in your 800 square feet.

Know your square footage

The exact square footage of your apartment is very important to know. By being able to visualize what 800 square feet looks like, you’ll know how much space you have and will be able to plan ahead of time. You’ll be able to prepare yourself and be able to make a better home in the long run.