10 Tricks for your Multipurpose Room

Nowadays we live a multitasking life with a very high pace both at work and in our personal lives. Therefore, it is not surprising that we often have the need to have hybrid or multi-purpose rooms in our homes. Whether due to limited space, a busy lifestyle, a desire for creativity, or a lesson learned from COVID-19. The house is already used for everything – sleeping, working, playing, educating, exercising, etc.

The Post-COVID Reality or Back to What It Was?

During the pandemic and confinement in 2020, we suffer from the need to have a space with multiple purposes. We had to share a house with our family or roommates 24/7. And so we had to continue with our lives; working, studying, educating our children and taking care of ourselves mentally and physically. The modern woman/man/family tries to do it all. What's more, in some cases we have very limited space for all of it, so there is even more pressure to fit all those tasks at home.

However, I wonder if the multiple use of a space is not an occasional trend but something natural. A practice from the past when families used to live together in smaller spaces sharing one environment and making the most of it.

The 10 Tricks of Hybrid Space

Regardless of the reason for wanting to create a multipurpose room at home, it is possible to do so by applying some tips and tricks that we have compiled and tell you below.

#1 – Your space, your needs

Whether you're designing your multipurpose space or working with a professional, the starting point will always be you and anyone else sharing that room with you. Start by specifying your needs and expectations. Planning is key: define users and uses, and list essential elements What are you going to need?

#2 – Look for space where there is none

Even if the space is large enough to adapt to two or more different areas, it is always good to optimize it. Therefore, the key is to find extra space. ANYWHERE IT IS. One of the most neglected areas is the corner. Fortunately, corner desks and shelves are available on the market in case you decide to replace the typical lamp or plant that was occupying that space.

Multi-purpose room - corner shelf
Credits: SKLUM

#3 – Vertical expansion

Are you looking for more space? Look up and you'll find a world of possibilities! Walls are not just for paintings, photographs and other decorative elements. Are square meter extra, so one idea is to hang things on the wall, like the bicycle in the image below. Another more common example is the bunk bed in children's rooms. A space saver, especially when it has built-in desks or drawers!

Multi-purpose room - vertical expansion
Credits: Ana Kamin via www.apartmenttherapy.com

#4 – Multifunctional furniture

Now, this is key, because practical and hybrid furniture is a secret weapon to “attack” the available space.

“It may seem obvious, but the first rule of multifunctional design is to use multifunctional furniture: pieces that fold neatly to free up floor space when not in use, or dual-function pieces that transform into something completely different.”

For example, let's take a look at this IKEA trick- A dining room and a workspace using the same table/desk, who would have thought? We added folding chairs and voila! Of course, the trick applies to all types of dual-use furniture, such as sofa beds, folding beds, ottoman cubes, etc.

Credits: IKEA

#5 – Dual function space

What naturally comes to mind when designing a multipurpose room is to separate the spaces by for example adding a shelf between the two areas. However, a different idea is to make a mix and thus create a double function area. In fact, in small houses, this is essential due to the lack of space for possible division and separation. The IKEA hack above is a perfect example!

#6 – Sort and organize

Credits: Wayfair

You now have extra space in the corner and the wall plus the functional furniture. Great things fit. Still, you have to make sure the little ones do it too. Storage is essential for hybrid spaces. The cube ottoman we mentioned previously, for example, gives you extra storage space. Some creative ideas go beyond already made furniture:

You can even hang colorful cloth bags on the back of your children's room doors so they can quickly store their toys there.

#7 – Add layers of light

Lighting can really change how a space looks, feels or functions. According to design partners Ward-Woods and his sister Barbara Elliott Light bulbs are not simply decorative, but play an important role in a multipurpose room. Strategically placed, they can help differentiate between areas of different uses. Desk lamps are needed for the home office and dimmable lights for the entertainment room. Basically, lighting is associated with all uses of a room and should be designed as such.

#8 – Color is your ally

¡Use color as a divider! A different colored wall for the home office area makes it stand out as a separate space. Plus a colored wall is a modern touch!

Credits: Decorating Den Interiors; Designers: Jennifer Ward-Woods and Barbara Elliott

#9 – Create zones

If a dual-function space is not what you are looking for, and you have enough space, you can try creating different areas. To do this, one idea is to use screens or rugs to differentiate areas. Depending on the shape of the room and the way people move within it, you can strategically place furniture to make it easier to move through all areas.

#10 – Be consistent

Mix but always match! Try to maintain a common air in the space even if there are different areas. To avoid the sensory overload, use similar colors and styles.

BONUSES:

Preview! With a tool like RoomBox, you can try the tricks above in your own space and see what works and what doesn't. There's no need to jump into the ocean when you can take a dip first.

Multipurpose room – case study

Below we leave a brief example with some of the advice from this post. We present to you a living room / home office. This is one of the most common multipurpose rooms where separation is important so that one can unwind after work and concentrate and perform well in their own home. This is how we did it in RoomBox:

It's possible!

Whether you are looking to create a versatile room to spend more time there, have limited space, or simply want to make your home more functional, it is possible to create and enjoy a hybrid space. In fact, it's a very fun process when you preview everything with RoomBox, so why not start there and accept the challenge?

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