We’ve all marveled at the flawless interior designs and seamless layouts of sitcom characters’ apartments. Now, thanks to illustrator Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde, we get to see some of our favorite classy sitcom stars’ abodes from a bird’s eye view. This is a particularly interesting endeavor because these apartments don’t exist in real life. Drawn with impeccable draftsmanship, these floor plans appear to have been contrived merely from piecing together the different elements of each apartment and the way the scenes of each TV show flow together. Lizarralde took into account the exact proportions, dimensions, and styles of each sitcom’s studio set in creating these floor plans. You can decide for yourself whether or not these floor plans accurately capture the essence of the characters’ personalities, but it’s important to appreciate the precision and artistic logic behind the creation of these hand-drawn apartments.
Going beyond their artistic credibility, Lizarralde’s sitcom apartment renderings offer avid TV watchers a whole new level of insight into their favorite shows. For example, I feel that viewing the Friends floor plan helped me further understand the dynamic between Chandler, Joey, Monica, and Rachel. Not only do these four characters live extremely close to one another, but their parallel front doors both welcome visitors directly into the kitchens, indicating the characters’ capacities of hospitality and familiarity. The layouts of Chandler and Joey’s apartment and Monica and Rachel’s apartment are both very open and welcoming, as the only doors in either apartment hide nothing but bedrooms, bathrooms, or closets, which should logically be private even among close friends. Overall, the warm colors, welcoming layouts, and relative proximity of the characters’ apartments create an environment that cultivates close friendships: an essential element of the sitcom Friends. Check out the rest of these sitcom apartments and see if you can get to know your favorite characters a little better: