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4 Ways To Add a Room Within a Room

Maximize a small area with these ideas

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The challenge of living in a compact space has always been how to properly separate and divide the areas for different functions. A unit can become cluttered if the living, dining, and kitchen areas aren't defined.

Adding extra enclosures can help you create a room within a room. Interior designer Cristine Lagasca shares these four helpful tips.

Use curtains

Curtains aren't just for windows! You can use them to divide your small space. Just use a grommet and a rod then install them vertically.

“Opt to hire a professional curtain supplier if you want to pick the style and material you want. Although they are a bit expensive, customized curtains assure you that the entire space is covered," Cristine shares. It also saves you time instead of having your store-bought curtains altered.

RL Tip: Wash your curtains regularly to avoid dust and dirt accumulation. Check the labels first for instructions on how to wash your item. 

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Utilize your plants

Choose tall plants like kentia palms or bamboo to add privacy to your space. If you are putting your plant on display on a shelf, you can use the space underneath it as extra storage for your things. 

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Opt for panels

Use grill panels as plain standing partitions to separate areas at home. You can also add a solid base at the bottom to make it even more interesting. If you find the panels too plain, Cristine suggests painting them in vibrant colors and cheery hues. 

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Add bookshelves

Instead of building a concrete wall to divide areas, you can just work with bookshelves! These are cheaper alternatives and aside from separating areas, you can use it to put your favorite reads, artwork, and decor pieces on display, too.

Choose a high shelf that you can place by your front door. This serves as a "foyer" of sorts that will welcome guests into your home. You may also place it in the space between your living and dining areas. 

"When choosing a bookcase, pick one with a solid color then place vibrant accent pieces on top to create a visual contrast," Cristine suggests.

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