4 Rooms in 1: How a Scandinavian Space Multitasks

4 Rooms in 1: How a Scandinavian Space Multitasks

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Nancy Mitchell
Sep 14, 2015
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When Catya Langvardt and her three children moved into their apartment in Copenhagen, they faced a real challenge: how to combine a living area, a workspace, and sleeping space for both Catya and her youngest daughter into a single room. Here's how they made it work.

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Two other rooms in the apartment were set aside so that Catya's two teenage children could each have their own room. That meant that this space, measuring 16 square meters (or about 172 square feet) needed to serve a lot of functions: a shared bedroom for an adult and a 3-year-old, as well as a workspace and a spot for the family to hang out.

Catya turned to stylist Mette Helena Rasmussen to help her make the most of the space. Mette's solution was to create smaller zones within the room. Before, the beds were just placed in opposite corners, yeilding a drab, dormitory feel, but Mette created a solution where a bookcase and a wall of windows separate the spaces devoted to Catya and her daughter Maya Sol, giving each a little bit of privacy.

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On the opposite wall a series of built-in shelves makes plenty of room for Catya's book collection, as well as for a television and a small workspace. Catya's bed, opposite the wall with the television, serves as a spot for the family to congregate and watch TV during the day. Born of necessity, the space provides plenty of inspiration for how to make one room do double (or triple, or quadruple) duty, and how to live well with less.

See more pictures (including before and after photos!) on Bolig Liv.

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