Good Questions: Organizing After Downsizing Space?

Good Questions: Organizing After Downsizing Space?

Gregory Han
Dec 19, 2008

AT reader Toni writes in with a call for help about arranging her new condo space after moving from a larger 2 bedroom townhouse into a smaller space:
I need help arranging my new one room 13.5 X 19.8 living area. It includes my bed, living room, home office, and music area for my husband. We can't purchase new furniture at this time. The ceiling and walls are concrete and need suggestion for draping off the bed area...

There is no overhead lighting in the main living area. I currently have the bed behind the china cabinet, where you enter the living room. One full wall of windows. I am downsizing from a 2 BR townhouse to a 13.5 X 19.8 living area. The closet area is large enough to store my antique china cabinet in that hall way for additional clothes storage. I am currently using my outdoor bistro table for a dining room table but it is too low. The size is perfect but I haven't been able to find anything reasonable for $100 range.

When you enter the condo you walk right into the kitchen where I am using 2 bookshelves that I plan to line and find a way to display my every day dishes etc in a neat manner. I look forward to your help, as I just moved in and haven't unpacked yet. So there is a lot of clutter.

Our most immediate response upon looking at the layout and photos of your condo and furnishings is to consider replacing the large leather couch; the couch dominates everything in the room and seems proportionally incompatible with some of your more airy-limbed furnishings. What also seems evident is that you'll need to edit your possessions to match the dimensions of your new space; currently it appears there's too much to fit within what must be a smaller space than the one you lived in prior (notably the dining chairs with bistro table); storage or selling some of your items may aid you in purchasing a new couch, so see this as an opportunity to lose something to gain something back and update your style.

In regards to draping your bedroom off: you can actually drill into concrete with the aid of a battery powered hammer drill (available at any hardware store) coupled with a concrete bit and Tapcon concrete screws or one piece expansion anchors. With these in place you can span across a curtains/drapery wiring. If you use something like IKEA's KVARTAL ceiling fixture, you can install a ceiling mounted curtain; check out this DIY example from IKEA Hacker. Anyone else out there with experience with concrete block walls and installing wall or ceiling mounted fixtures?

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