Typically covering 400 square feet or less, micro-apartments are springing up in sought after cities all over the country, including Boston, Seattle, San Francisco, New York and Austin TX. depending on the city and the size of the unit, rental rates hover around $1,000 a month. Although the popularity of micro-apartments has taken off quickly, living in such tight quarters can come with certain challenges.

But Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council which is helping to pave the way for micro-apartments in New York, said changing lifestyles among the younger generation makes living in small spaces more feasible.