This Is Smartest Way to Get Privacy in a Small Space (and It’s Hidden in Plain Sight)

published Apr 6, 2024
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Glass door dividing bedroom and living room.
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Living in a studio apartment — especially when multiple people reside in it — requires creative thinking to ensure everyone is always comfortable. Exhibit A: If one person wants to sleep while the other is cooking a late dinner, you want to make sure people can do whatever they want when they want, in their space. 

Jessica Freedman and Vincenzo Di Pantaleo likely experienced this challenge when they bought their 366-square-foot home in Barcelona. The couple remodeled the apartment (with the help of nord arquitectes) within 10 months of purchasing it and wanted to ensure they utilized “every micro inch,” Jessica said at the time of the tour. 

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Even though the home was under 400 square feet, the private terrace and natural light that drenched the space through the sliding glass doors made the space feel bigger. While the sunlight was a huge bonus for the couple, they needed to be able to shut it out sometimes. 

“For Jessica, who loves to sleep, it was really important to have a dark space where she could block out the noise from the rest of the house,” the couple explained at the time of the tour. 

The couple’s biggest design challenge was finding the best of both worlds (aka light and darkness when preferred). The couple could’ve added a sliding pocket door that wouldn’t have taken up space when opened, but would’ve required a wall, eliminating the home’s flow and natural light. So, the couple looked toward another sliding door option. 

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We created the bedroom with sliding glass doors that are modular, and we can block off the room with the drapes if we want to or pile up the three glass doors in the middle to maximize light,” they shared at the time of the tour.

Credit: Lula Poggi

The result? A bedroom that feels private and secluded, without compromising on space or light. It’s a testament to the ingenious use of clever design in small spaces. If you’re intrigued by their bedroom, you won’t want to miss the rest of their airy space in the full home tour