How to Create Multi-Functional Spaces in the Home for Everyone?

Recently, there have been long stretches when everyone in the family was at home at the same time. It’s not that you don’t like spending time with your family or roommates; it’s just that it can be hard to find time to binge-watch that box set that you like, focus on your work, cook with the radio on while someone else watches TV, or read a book in peace.

So take a look at these options, as one of them may be just what you need to carve out more space for yourself and everyone else you live with.

Make Room for Children

If you have multiple children who don’t always want to play together, need an extra child’s bedroom, or want a fun bed for sleepovers, this is a brilliant idea to consider.

In an otherwise communal room, French interior architects bldb have created a completely private, boxed-off sleeping platform.

The main space is a living room in this case, but if you have a playroom that could be used more efficiently, this could be a good solution.

Pull-out wardrobes for clothes (which could also be used for toy storage or bedding), shutter-like doors with built-in, front-facing bookshelves, and a mini staircase with a door at the top for privacy are all available.

The box could serve as a daybed or reading nook, a spare bedroom, or simply a separate area for quieter play if things get too loud downstairs.

Similarly, if your living room is overrun with toys, skip the bed and instead use the box idea to create a raised play area that you can close at the end of the day.

Boost Readers’ Privacy

In a busy home, a reading nook is an excellent and often quite achievable discrete space to create.

Popular placements for them on Houzz include bay windows, understairs areas, and landings. If you’ve been wondering how to make a nook more private, consider the simple idea seen in this Lauren Allyn Interiors design – a curtain.

Depending on your aesthetic and space, you can use anything from decorative curtain poles to hidden tracks dug into the ceiling. Make sure you have nook-only lighting installed first so it can be used in the dimmer environment behind the drapes.

Live in harmony in a multi-functional room

Although the ideas in this room are best designed in from the start, there is one powerful takeaway detail that, depending on your space, you may be able to add retroactively.

Architect Your Home designed the room on two levels, with the kitchen and diner a step up from the garden and living area. You may not have a visual divide bonus, but look at that half wall behind the sofa…

This section of the room is almost like an oversized serving hatch or window, and as a result, the sofa feels cosy and sunken – definitely a place where people could sit without feeling like they’re in the kitchen. Anyone cooking has a clear view of the garden, but the area also feels like its own, distinct space.

Improve a homeworker’s concentration (and sleep)

It can be difficult to switch off – or simply make space – if your work-from-home zone is a desk in your bedroom. Does this sound familiar? Then this Lark Architecture concept could work well.

As long as your ceiling isn’t too low, there’s usually enough room for a platform bed. This can be an excellent way to effectively create two rooms from one. The bedroom section can be all about the bed and relaxation, while the desk area, tucked beneath, is gloriously out of sight (and hopefully out of mind) while you sleep.

Consider whether you want a barrier to prevent you (or children, if it’s a child’s room) from rolling off the mattress when talking with a designer or joiner.

Increase bathroom users’ flexibility

When there are more of you at home at once, the lack of a separate toilet or spare bathrooms may become an issue.

Thanks to a stud wall and a sliding barn door, not one but two loos have been given their own cubicle in this room designed by Ferrarini & Co…

Not only does separating the toilet zone make the bathroom more flexible, but there’s also a his ‘n’ hers option if you have the space.

Separate yourselves without erecting walls

These full-height sliding doors not only look stunning, but they also keep views from the kitchen through the house to the garden while allowing separate activities to take place in what would otherwise be one very large room.

The benefit of a divider like this is that it reduces noise transference, so one group can listen to the radio or chat quietly while the other group watches a surround sound movie or has a lively gossip. All-around victory.

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