Rooms That Kill Two Birds With One Stone (And Why They Work)

Rooms That Kill Two Birds With One Stone (And Why They Work)

Dabney Frake
Dec 18, 2015
(Image credit: Maklarhuset)

Small homes don't always offer enough square footage for separate spaces with their own dedicated function, so you have to get creative. Consider these ideas when setting up one room with two purposes, in a way that makes sense and looks stylish.

Custom Solutions

The bathroom above (in this home for sale on Maklarhuset) is only possible with the special built-ins that perfectly and snuggly house the washer unit underneath recessed shelving.

(Image credit: Damon Liss Design)

Divide & Conquer

A pony wall keeps spaces more open, but provides enough of a barrier to officially separate the different functions of the room. This bedroom/office was designed by Damon Liss.

(Image credit: Dave Murphy)

Good Flow

Open floor plans that combine living room and dining space are common (even in bigger homes). Use furniture to define the separate spaces while keeping a good flow, like in Zach and Rachel's Evolving San Diego Loft.

(Image credit: MyDomaine)

This small space from MyDomaine made use of the generous closet and got rid of the dresser, placing a desk in the corner instead. It allows the bedroom to also form workspace.

Neutral Decor

When the baby takes over the former guest room, choose decor that will work for both spaces. Emily Wright tucked a twin bed into the corner, repainted the walls a fresh white and sweetened up the decor...just a bit.

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