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How To Keep A Loft Cozy and Private

Achieve an airy and open space while maintaining your privacy

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Have you ever wondered why loft-type units are so appealing? Aside from having floor-to-ceiling windows that add to the airy and spacious vibe, having a loft lets you create a sleeping space that’s separate from the common areas, too. However, not all lofts provide the privacy we need. “Some of the loft-type condos available in the market today feature an open concept wherein you can view the living area from the loft. There are no walls nor doors that conceal it, allowing guests to easily access the loft. You also cannot control the noise coming from the common areas and the smell of food coming from the kitchen,” says interior designer Angelo Aguilar.


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If you want to achieve privacy but are worried about having a cramped space, you can always depend on sleek dividers, slim furniture pieces, and other budget-friendly solutions. Angelo shares a few ideas you can work on below:

Install blackout curtains

Blackout curtains don’t just block the sun’s harmful rays, they can help you keep your bedroom private, too! Angelo suggests working with a curtain rod and your chosen blackout curtain. You have it installed at the landing that opens up to your sleeping space. “It’s easy to install and affordable, too. When you want to open your loft, simply draw the curtains and tie it back,” adds the designer.

Shop for soft furnishings at Mandaue Foam.



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Use panel screen dividers with louver blinds

“Open the louver blinds during the day to let in natural light, then close these at night to achieve privacy,” says Angelo.

Invest in sliding door partitions

Whether it’s wood, glass, frosted glass or a combination of these—sliding doors can help maintain privacy and an airy vibe. “This option will give you privacy while adding a stylish appeal to your space,” Angelo shares.

Look into the possibility of adding a drywall

Depending on the structure of your unit, your budget, and the rules of the building administration (if you live in a condo), you can ask your designer if it’s possible to add a drywall to achieve privacy. “Some clients prefer total privacy. If you have a big loft and you want to create an extra room, installing a drywall and a door to separate the space is a good option,” suggests the designer. Before embarking on a renovation project, consult with your admin then discuss it with your designer. Make sure you ask about the budget it entails.

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Use cabinets as dividers

“There are a lot of stylish cabinets that you can use as dividers to achieve privacy. You can also add décor pieces and accessories to spruce up your cabinet,” Angelo says.

Find sleek cabinets at SB Furniture.

Experiment with wood louver strips

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If you love the rustic-industrial style, you can also work with wood louver strips. These can work as a partition that can separate your loft from the other areas while hiding your private space from view.

Shop for wood louver strips at Wilcon Depot.

Ready for your own home makeover? Get in touch with interior designer Angelo Aguilar through mobile at (0915)-612-6689 or e-mail acga.designs[at]gmail.com.

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