If you live in a small space or need to make one room serve multiple functions, sometimes you need to get clever with your design. That’s where a few multi-purpose design hacks come in! We’re all about utilizing some creative design solutions to create distinct areas within a room, making it feel like two spaces in one.
Carving out distinct areas can be tricky, but it’s important to help the flow of the room when you need one space to have multiple functions. Here are our best hacks for dividing a multi-purpose space.
1. Use an Open Bookcase as a Room Divider
We love to create distinct spaces in an open room by using a bookcase as a room divider. This is a perfect solution for a studio apartment, where breaking up living and sleeping spaces is a common conundrum.
Using an open bookcase as a divider creates visual distinction without making your space feel smaller or blocking much-needed natural light. Bookcases are more substantial and have more visual impact than curtains, but they also provides function. Because in a small space, storage is at a premium – so this gives you added shelving and a visually pleasing divider. A win-win solution!
2. Separate Your Living and Dining Spaces with a Floating Sofa
An open concept design is wonderful for so many reasons. The flow from room to room, more natural light, great for entertaining… just to name a few! But when you live in an open concept house, you probably want some sense of definition between your spaces.
One way to do this is by using a floating sofa to diving your living and dining space. The back of your sofa acts like a wall to help visually “zone” the room and create separation. Just make sure when using a floating sofa that there’s enough room to walk behind it without bumping into walls or other furniture.Shop This Room
3. Create Zones with Rugs
Another way to create zones within an open concept space is to utilize rugs. Rugs can help visually distinguish between a living room and dining room, an office and a living space, or even a bedroom and a living space in a studio. Each rug creates a zone that helps make each “room” feel distinct. Bonus: Rugs are also a great way to add color, texture, and pattern to your space!Shop This Room
4. Use One Piece of Furniture for Multiple Functions
In a small space like a studio, it’s important to find furniture that can serve multiple functions – in this case, using a dresser as a nightstand! For super small spaces, this is an easy way to create division between spaces.
In this room, the dresser breaks up the sleeping and living spaces, creating the sense of two rooms that are distinct. This also provides significantly more storage than a nightstand while cutting down on the pieces of furniture you need to fill your space.Shop This Room