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Hello AT, Last year, I bought my first home, a wonderful one-bedroom, 1 and 1/2 bathroom condo, in the fabulous town of Edgewater, NJ.
While this arrangement has worked for a year, things are beginning to change. My daughter (10 years old) has expressed her desire to have a "real room", so as to have privacy and her own space. When children visit, they naturally gravitate to her area, and she cannot keep them out due to a lack of a wall and door. She has expressed feeling uncomfortable when friends visit and exclaim, "Oh, your bedroom is in the living room?". Recently I've given serious thought of giving my daughter my large bedroom (11 X 18), and creating a sleeping space for myself in the living room (13 X 20). This way she has her space and can organize it to her benefit. But that leaves the challenge of how I can create a sleeping/relaxing area for me that is neat and private when I need it to be. Because my budget is very limited, I have bought very little furniture. Some considerations I have are: creating a zen-like sleeping space, divided by use of an open-back storage unit by IKEA (don't have yet), either by the window where my daughter's room is currently located, or using the dining room as a bedroom . I've also considered installing a murphy bed in the living room, but the costs are too high for me to consider at this moment. I've also thought of getting rid of my bed completely and sleeping on the sofabed. I did not want to build any permanent wall structures, as I didn't plan on staying here for too many years. Eventually, I hope to sell and move up to a real two-bedroom. This is why I am looking for other solutions. So, is there a way to have it all in one space? Can I make it happen? Thanks, Helen Dear Helen, First of all you really need to clean up both of your rooms! Seriously, this will make a big difference in how the space feels and will allow you to SEE the solution more clearly. As for how to divide the space, hopefully you will get more tips from readers. Here are a few of ours: