How Can I Arrange Living & Working Spaces in Downsized Rental?

How Can I Arrange Living & Working Spaces in Downsized Rental?

Regina Yunghans
Oct 11, 2013

Q: We are downsizing to a rental for a year, and I'm stuck on how to arrange the furniture to make the space as cozy and intimate as possible. I work at home, so my environment is important, but I don't want my husband to be bothered when I have to work until late at night. That's why I'm trying to figure out a way to create visual separations in the space without making it seem REALLY small:

The first problem I notice is that when you walk in, you see everything, so my first instinct is to set up a bookshelf or armoire perpendicular to the front door to create a kind of entryway. This would also block the direct view of the bathroom door. The problem with this idea is that it would block the light from the window by the door, and as you can see in the floor plan, there are only 2 windows. My only other idea, since we need a clothes closet, was to string a bar up between two bookshelves, and use that as a separator, but that kind of puts all our clothes out to be seen all the time.

The second problem is where to put the sofa-bed and the desk so it's the most cozy, while still blocking the view to the front door and bathroom door. I hate the look of the kitchen bar, and the fact that the bathroom opens to the main area.

For the essential furniture, I have a 4 foot long black desk. We are buying an IKEA Beddinge sofa-bed, and we need to buy a freestanding wardrobe/clothes closet, plus some bookshelves. We're really not looking to invest heavily in furniture since we'll be moving again in a year. The challenge here is to find new ways to build designated areas into one almost square space using basic furniture. All in all, we have 155 square feet to work with.


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