Sharehouse room layout


Sharehouse room layout

  • What is it like to live in a share-house?

A sharehosue, where a few people live in together. It is a lot more affordable accommodation than hiring an apartment room by yourself, so you may be one of those who considering living in a sharehouse. One of the things you want to know about a sharehouse may be its layout and interiors. The layout of a bedroom, among other things, is something you must know beforehand.

First time in sharehouse, what the layout looks like?

  • Dormitory house or sharehouse, learn about the difference before choosing

The number of sharehouses has been hiking for years in Japan. More people choose sharehouses for their new accommodations when starting new school or job. You will be sharing the same space with other tenants in a share-house, so the first thing you want to know may be how it looks like inside. Also, what is the difference between sharehouse and dormitory house that as well to be shared among many tenants?


Common layout of sharehouse

  • Inside of sharehouse is the same as ordinary house or apartment unit

In a sharehouse, a few tenants share a house or apartment unit. A common layout of sharehouse includes a few bedrooms, kitchen, lounge, dining area, bathroom and toilet. Depending on a tenancy contract, you can use one bedroom by yourself, semi-private room divided with a curtain or other materials, dormitory room to share with other tenants. Kitchen, lounge, dining area, bathroom, toilet and all other part of the house are to be shared among all sharemates. Basic furniture, home appliances and cooking tools are ready in each bedroom and public areas most of the time. Some sharehouses even supplies basic condiment in the kitchen. It is similar to a dormitory house, but there are a few differences between these two.

Differences between dormitory house and sharehouse

  • Sharehouse is smaller than dormitory house

Both dormitory house and sharehouse are to be shared by multiple number of people. But while dormitory houses are designed and constructed to be used by a large number of people, sharehouses utilize ordinary family houses or apartment units.


Dormitory house

  • Designed to be used by large number of people

A dormitory house is planned to accommodate dozens of people in private rooms and shared rooms. While some dormitory houses have rooms with built-in bathroom or kitchenette, others have only a desk, bed and closet in each bedroom and large dining area, kitchen and bathroom in public areas. Generally, public areas in dormitory houses are large and spacious as they are designed to be used by a large number of people. There are a few sets of cooking tools and multiple sinks in the kitchen, a few washing machines in the laundry room. Bedrooms are neatly lined along corridors, and public areas such as dining area and bathrooms are located separately from accommodation areas. You can maintain your privacy better than in a sharehouse if you use a private room.



  • Utilize family house or apartment unit

Unlike dormitory houses, ordinary family houses or apartment rooms are utilized to be sharehouses. Bedrooms are furnished as a private room, dormitory room or other type. There is no en-suite bathroom or kitchenette in bedrooms as the building itself has been constructed as typical Japanese home. Kitchen, lounge, bathroom and laundry room are to be shared by all tenants and all public areas are normal family size. Generally, there is only one set of appliances such as washing machine and kitchen tools as spaces are limited. It is originally planned for families, so public areas like lounge or kitchen is located right after the entrance hall on the way to bedrooms. A sharehouse is designed to have closer communications with sharemates than a dormitory house.

Intimate community in a sharehouse

  • There always is someone to say ‘hi’ when you get home

When living in a sharehouse with someone else, the house itself is a family home so the general layout is designed to have intimate communications with other residents in the public areas. Even they know nothing about each other at the beginning, a familiarity will grow as they share their lives under the same roof. You would love a family like warm atmosphere waiting for you right behind the front door.


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