Creating multi-use areas is more important now than ever before
Most parents are continuing to wear multiple hats this fall – parent, employee, teacher, daycare provider and more – meaning they need to make the most of their home to ensure it meets all of their needs. One of the most efficient, cost-friendly ways to update your home is to leverage one of the biggest fall trends – flexible space design.
Making your home more flexible creates rooms with multiple potential uses and also accommodates adaptable uses in existing spaces, ensuring areas do not sit idle and people get the most use out of the space they live in.
Take a look at some of the top trends to make the spaces in your home work harder for you!
Sliding Doors & Partitions
One popular and practical option to create a flexible space is to install sliding or pocket doors, or putting up a temporary partition, turning an open area into two separate, more private spaces. Sliding doors, like this modern barn door, are the easier to install door option in your home and also provide a nice accent piece to break up rooms. Modular walls and room dividers are an even easier solution since they don’t require any construction, and allow you to quickly separate a room into more private spaces for parents to work, kids to play or study, and others to relax. On the weekends, all of these items they can be taken down or shifted to open up the space back to its original design.
With spaces like family rooms, it’s important to choose furniture that is able to provide multiple uses. For business purposes, a lift-top coffee table is a go-to, clever choice since it serves the standard table function, contains storage to hide clutter and can also pop out to create a devoted workspace that doesn’t hurt your back. On the entertainment and hosting side, update the guest room with a folding bed or a stylish sleeper sofa. The family can still enjoy the space to work or play, but guests will also have a private area to enjoy a good night’s rest.
Versatile and stylish flooring is key in flexible spaces, making sure it can stand up to the different uses of the room and also ties the room together. In general, hardwood, laminate, and waterproof vinyl options can be used in almost every room in the house, since they are simple, elegant and designed to stand up to busy lifestyles. Bellawood Artisan Stratford Oak or Virginia Mill Works Wind River Oak hardwood floors are both great options that provide a timeless look.
There is no one answer to designing the perfect flexible space for your home, as you need to keep in mind the room will be used for. However, these tips and tricks should get you on your way to making the most of any room!