Making a Bedroom with Too Many Doors Work

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Q: We're moving into a new rental house and need to make this room work as a bedroom for our twin toddler daughters. Besides the new fugly wall-to-wall carpet (can't remove that) and the cheap ceiling tiles and flourescent lights, the room is cursed with FOUR separate entrances. (continued below...)

Sent by Anna

Including the closet, there are five doorways in the room. In the picture, entry to bathroom is at 10 o'clock, and that's a closet at 11 o'clock. Entry to backyard is at 2 o'clock. Entry to utility room is unseen at about 6 o'clock. Entry to hallway, also unseen, is at 7 o'clock. The only entry I can totally block is the one to the utility room. The only widows are those visible in picture, and the longest uninterrupted wall is along the right of the picture. How can I make this space cozy and less harsh? Suggestions for how to block off a full size doorway? I don't really want to put a full bookcase in front of the whole thing (my girls are climbers) but maybe some fabric? I can paint, too, thank goodness.

Editor: My sister is currently brainstorming ways to visually cover a second (unused) entrance to her apartment and is also considering stretching fabric over it. Maybe you could paint the utility room door with chalkboard paint and use it as an art space? Readers, what ideas do you have?

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As Apartment Therapy's Family Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.

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