Home “Alone”: Small Space Hacks for Creating Privacy At Home

published Aug 31, 2016
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We’re all about small space living here at Apartment Therapy, but even we admit that it can be difficult to find privacy in a tiny home. But whether it’s from the other people in your household, occasional guests, your neighbors or even just your own work, separation can be achieved. Read on for some ideas on how to carve a bit of “me space” in your place.

In the lead image, a half-wall with interior windows separates parent and child sleeping areas, while still maintaining flow and light levels—so important in a small space.

(Image credit: INT2 Architecture)

Here, a raised platform adds storage to a small space, and a curtain in a track makes two rooms out of one. So smart, project by INT2 Architecture.

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Privacy isn’t always about being completely invisible or separate from others. Soft, translucent curtains in this apartment create a delineation of sleeping and living spaces, while filtering the light. (via Today’s Parent)

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Depending on their placement and use, solid pieces of furniture can act like room dividers, freestanding walls and storage, all at once. Here, a custom piece (on wheels!) we found on VT Wonen is a wardrobe and creates a bedroom in a larger space.

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Not all homes have the height necessary for a mezzanine or loft, but it’s a great idea for those that do. Even a small sleeping loft or reading nook can give that much-needed personal space (no matter your age), as seen in this teen’s room from French By Design.

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Sometimes, you crave privacy from outside—plants hung in a bathroom window like this one from Planete Deco filter views in but allow light to fill the space (and look fantastic).

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Dividers aren’t just for sleeping areas: here, classic IKEA Expedit shelving (with built-in joinery surrounding it) creates a private and functional entryway.

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No room for a home office? Think again with a closet-turned-workspace. Perfect for small space dwellers who work from home, and want to be able to shut the office away at the end of the day. (via One Kind Design)