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How to Make Your Rooms Dual-Functional

Space is always at an optimum and with room sizes gradually shrinking you need to make the most out of the space you have by using one room for dual purposes, such as a bedroom which also functions as a home office.

The key to combining areas is in choosing versatile furniture, the furniture needs to look as elegant as the furniture being used elsewhere in the room to ensure a smooth flow throughout the space. 

If combining office furniture with bedroom furniture, then the key is too matching the wood or finish.  Another great solution is to create space for the office within a wardrobe which is the ultimate in space saving and dual living.

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If you already have fitted wardrobes, you may already have a one area of the wardrobe dedicated to shelving, such as the types of modular wardrobes to be found nowadays.  By utilising this shelving you can create an office space which remains hidden until needed. 

You can add downlighting on the overhead plinth of the wardrobe and add a pull out shelf to rest a keyboard on.  Plus with the shelves you already have, there is already an inbuilt storage system for files and paperwork.  If adapting your own wardrobe you can also take out the lower shelf for leg room, plus a fold-up chair can easily be placed in the space when not in use.

room with white sofa and dividing screen If you are considering dividing your room, there are many options to choose from, there is the option of Venetian blinds and sliding panels and of course the room-dividing bookcases which are now available are a great option, providing storage and functionality alongside modern design. 

Dividing a room does not have to be permanent, with the venetian blinds, these can be pulled down when the area is in use. 

If you are short on space for accommodating guests, you could consider using temporary panel blinds to create a restful guest room.

The colour scheme of a room can also create the sense of space and furniture and accessories that also match and compliment the wall colours will make them look less bulky and glaringly obvious.  You need to also consider the lighting, soft pools of light will give emphasis rooms needing a warm feel and for bedrooms a bedside lamps will create the cosy feel, rather than a home office.

Incorporating duality is about thinking a little outside the box and thinking about the storage space you already have and the functionality of an area.  Even if it is a small space under the stairs, ask yourself if there is room for a desk there or even a cosy chair, a small table and a reading lamp for those who want a quiet spot.  With a little planning a lot can be achieved with the space and the furniture you already have.


 

 

 

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