7 impressive options to zone room into a bedroom and living room

A room that combines the functions of a living room and a bedroom is usually a forced, but always a popular option among owners of small apartments and connoisseurs of multifunctional spaces. We figure out what options designers offer to those who are not ready to compromise in the choice of furniture: they want to find a place for both a comfortable sofa and a full-fledged bed.

Ivan Kachalov designed a small apartment of 34 sq. meters for rent. An important decision that the architect made: the project should have a full-fledged sleeping place, and not a folding sofa. There was a place for a bed in a niche. This option has another plus: it allowed you to install a stationary sofa. “Folding models are not beautiful and airy enough. They don’t have thin legs that lift the seat and expose the floor.”

1. Bed in an alcove

A room with a niche, as if by itself, suggests the best recipe for how to delimit the zones of the bedroom and living room. The bed, set in an alcove, creates the feeling that it is, albeit a miniature,but the separate bedroom. To create a more comfortable and private environment, a niche is fenced off with partitions – for example, made of glass and metal, glass blocks, or textiles. In this case, it is important to provide ventilation outlets so that it is not stuffy to sleep. And sometimes the niche is left open so as not to visually “eat up” valuable meters of space – then the bed can serve as an additional seat for receiving guests.

Apartment 56 sq. meters in the center of Rostov-on-Don is located on the 17th floor of a new house. The authors of the project, Diana Karnaukhova and Victoria Lukyanova, from the Makedesign studio, designed the interior for a young doctor. The main wish of the customer was the minimum amount of furniture.
The designers wanted to bring natural light into the apartment and open up a beautiful view of the river. The bed on the podium is deployed towards the window. The plywood construction zones the space and provides additional storage space. This solution turns the bedroom into an observation deck.

2. Sleeping area in a box

If there is no niche in the room, you can create it yourself – build a box for the bedroom area to create the effect of a room in a room. Among the advantages of such a solution is an individual approach. The “cube” can be built exactly to the size of the mattress to save space, or, conversely, to make the micro-bedroom a little more spacious. And also choose a place – at least in the far dark corner of the room, at least right by the window, to admire the views without getting out of bed, and read books without a lamp during the day. Another advantage is the ability to supplement the walls of the box with storage systems, which will always come in handy in a small space. If there is no desire to build a whole box, you can limit yourself to a podium, which will also visually separate the bedroom area.

Small apartment of 30 sq. meters in the Moscow residential complex “Spanish Quarters” – the own home of designer Christina Lichik. “I wanted as open space as possible, but it was important to have a bed and a sofa for guests, a small kitchen, a dining table at the same time, and at the same time accommodate a full-fledged computer space,” she says. The studio was divided into two parts by a low wall, which made it possible to visually hide the bedroom area. The bed is located on a metal frame podium with built-in storage.

3. Low partitions

Dividing the room into a bedroom and a living room will help partitions at about half the height of the room: the zones will be clearly separated from each other, while the natural light from the window will be able to penetrate even into the farthest corners of the room. The upper part of the structure is left open – for free access to fresh air – or completed to the ceiling, using transparent glass, which does not block the light, but slightly muffles the sound.

Dmitry Antyushin and Irina Sinelnikova, Buro 19.23, designed an apartment of 56 sq. meters in a house on Frunzenskaya embankment. “It’s not just to fit everything you need for a comfortable life into a compact space, while leaving it light and spacious – this was our main task,” the architects say.
Initially, it was difficult to allocate a room for a full-fledged bedroom in the apartment. The architects tore down all the interior walls and encased the bedroom area in a glass cube, which was made in the Loffi workshop. A supply ventilation system was installed in the cube, so it is comfortable there even with the doors closed. Glass walls can be closed with electric curtains.

4. Glass walls

Transparent and translucent floor-to-ceiling partitions are a great way to zone a space, which is suitable for both compact and relatively spacious rooms. For example, when combining two rooms. Due to the transparency of the glass, the entire room is visible through and through. This is important if you want to maintain a sense of spaciousness. Curtains or blinds will help make the bedroom area more closed at night.

Anna Shevchenko, studio 2312interiors, designed the interior of a 40 sq. meters in a new building. “The customer had many wishes: a spacious dressing room, and a separate bedroom with a full bed,” says the designer. She also really wanted to have a living and dining area. I rethought the developer’s layout to include a living room, dining room, separate bedroom with storage space for clothes, and an entrance hall with a wardrobe. The bedroom area was separated by custom-made curtains.

5. Bed behind a curtain

It is also possible to separate the bedroom area from the living room without erecting permanent structures. One of the easiest ways is to hang a curtain that can be moved as needed, like window shades. The curtain will give the bedroom area an atmosphere of warmth and comfort, and if you choose beautiful textiles, it will become an effective decor element in the interior. The curtain can be pulled at night or during the visit of guests – to hide the private part of the house from prying eyes.

Small apartment of 36 sq. meters is located in the apartment complex “Reflection” in the north of Moscow. Olga Mitnik was invited to lead the project with a limited budget. The main tool of the designer was color – the ceiling throughout the apartment is painted in berry color with a descent on the walls. The bedroom area behind a sliding glass partition is accented with a pale blue tint. This solution allows you to assemble the interior into a single whole, and also creates the necessary effect to attract potential tenants.

6. Bright color

If something cannot be hidden, it is worth trying to highlight it. In the combined bedroom-living room, different zones can be marked with color. For example, choose a bright accent color for the bed, and neutral, calm shades for the rest of the space. Let the corner with the bed become the visual center of the room – after all, we spend almost a third of our lives in a dream.

This 35 sq. meters in Moscow architect Katya Yurchenko designed for a young married couple. “In a fairly small area, I had to place an impressive amount of books, plants, two bicycles, several players, a projector, a collection of cameras and a recently introduced photographic enlarger. All this, in addition to a full kitchen, bedroom, living room and bathroom.
Initially, the apartment was a white cube with an area of ​​35 square meters. meters with a maximum ceiling height of 5.2 m and one large window. Above the main area, a mezzanine floor was created with a bedroom, a wardrobe and a workplace. The window sill on the lower level is both a working and dining surface, and a large soft sofa occupies the entire space from the window to the kitchen, being, of course, the main center of attraction in the apartment.

7 Bedroom on the mezzanine

High ceilings provide a lot of opportunities, especially with a small area of the room. If the room cannot grow “in breadth”, let it grow up. When space allows, you can build on the second level and take the bed to the mezzanine. Or get by with less effort – equip the “attic” with a bed in an existing niche, by analogy with a two-level bed.

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