Small Space Solutions: 11 Ways to Make Your Rooms Do Double Duty

Small Space Solutions: 11 Ways to Make Your Rooms Do Double Duty

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Nancy Mitchell
Mar 5, 2015
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Maybe in your dreams, you live in an 18-room mansion, complete with a billiard room, guest room, home office, conservatory, and bedroom-sized walk-in closet. But in real life, you live in a two-bedroom apartment, and there's just only so much space. The solution? Make the rooms you do have do double duty. Here are 11 clever combinations.

Above: From IKEA, a combination living room and home office. The bookcase cleverly helps to define the office area and distinguish it a bit from the rest of the room.

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From Design Sponge, a living room/dining room combo. Pull a table up to a banquette-style sofa, and suddenly you've got a place for the whole family to eat dinner together. (Pedestal tables work especially well for this.)

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Got an extra wide hallway? Make it do double duty as a music room. Photo from Vtwonen, via Interiors Porn.

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Spotted on Domino, a kitchen with a convenient built-in office space.

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An oversized bathroom, from Design Sponge, doubles as a closet.

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Another way to get more out of your hallway? Add bookcases and turn it into a home library. From HomeBunch.

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Spotted on Architectural Digest: a bedroom that doubles as a home office.

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Why do you need a separate kitchen and dining room when one room can do the trick? Spotted on SF Girl by Bay.

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If you're like most people, you probably don't use your dining room all that often, anyway — why not turn it into a cozy library? From Ralph & Julie's Spacious Altbau in Berlin.

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This bedroom has a bonus siting area — and could also serve as great inspiration for anyone putting together a studio apartment. From Nuevo Estilo via La Dolce Vita.

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Ok, so I saved the weirdest one for last. Is this room (from Lolitas)... a bathroom slash home office? Bathroom slash dining room? What it is, it's definitely inspiration to think outside of the (room) box.

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