Odd use of apartments

Odd use of apartments

This is kind of an odd question but bear with me, it does have a point.

My beau and I are planning on getting an apartment together in the next few months. Due to the fact that I move alot and am a recovering student and he just lives like a student, we have almost no furniture to speak of. In fact here is a list of what we have combined.

-One double mattress/futon thingy from ikea (no frame)
- one single bed (no frame)
- A four seater dining room table
- four chairs
-a desk with bookshelf
-a thing that functions as a desk (it's really a shelf but my bf is weird and uses it as a desk)
-a tv and stand
-2 shelves
-assorted lamps and such
-a fully equipped kitchen

Now the obvious answer here is: get a one bedroom! You could sleep on the double mattress, use the single bed as a 'daybed' and buy a coffee table at the sally ann. You can buy a couch when you once you get settled! Then worry about outfitting the rest of your apartment.... Plus with a dining room table and two desks worth of stuff not to mention shelves will mean mean you'll probably have plenty of stuff to fill up your apartment.

Now this would be the most obvious answer... there is just one little problem with that. My boyfriend is a smoker and we're working towards him quitting but he's not there yet. I am horribly allergic to ciggys (although it's not as bad as it used to be) so that means that pretty much my boyfriend needs his own bedroom for his computer and stuff so that he can smoke in there. He also works the graveyard shift often so having the single bed in a seperate room so he can sleep there when he's working the odd shift will be quite useful.

So that pretty much means that we have to get a two bedroom. But here's my problem. We both tend to be minimalists and so I worry that our living room is going to be pretty much bare from the beginning. The other problem is that it will stretch my budget considerably since I have to start paying off my student loans and making a car payment. Even if my boyfriend goes halfies with me on everything (including my car) it will still put me on a very restrictive budget. A cheaper apartment would really help.

Now my idea is this: What about getting a place with a small bedroom but a fairly large living area? Give him the bedroom for the small bed, his computer and personal items and put our bed in the living room with pillows (as a day bed) or better yet, maybe the dining room will be around a corner (you know like some bachelor apartments?) and then we could have that as our personal area... and could have a couch and dining room table the main part of the living space. I feel like this would only be feesable if the livingroom/dining room was fairly big.

I have lived in bachelor apartments before and having people hang out in my bedroom has never really bothered me. It may also give my bf more incentive to stop smoking.

Does anyone else have any suggestions? Am I completely crazy?

Any thoughts or insights would be greatly appriciated.
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edit: Thanks for the Anti smoking ad :) I read through what everyone said, and I talked to my bf about it and he agreed to smoke outside as long as it's covered. YAY! I was just looking for a possibility in case he can't stop smoking... my experience of smokers has be dismal when it comes to them smoking outside. Pretty much, I think what we'll have to do is sign a lease in his name only and if he does smoke inside, I"ll have to move out. You guys told me what I had to know about room transfer of smoke.

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