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RL Tips: Small Space Solutions

The RL Team together with guest designers answer your decorating queries and more!

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From home basics to color queries, the RL team and a couple of guest designers answer your questions sent via social media. Keep the answers in mind as they may come in handy in the future.

Photos used in this feature by Paolo Feliciano and Pat Martires (Bunking In) and Vincent Coscolluela (Privacy Issues).

Read the original article ("50 Solutions to 50 Home Problems”) in the July 2013 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details. 

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Q. I’m renting a small room and my sister will move in with me. I have a closet, a study desk, a bed, four chairs, one of which I put my printer on, a TV, and two ottoman stools. How do I fix my room? —Christian-Roy Bangloy

A. First, use a double deck or bunk bed to save on floor space. Second, compartmentalize your room into specific areas. For example, put your printer on top of the table beside your TV instead of on a chair. 

Third, if you can, limit your chairs to those that you will actually use. Fourth, remember to utilize vertical space, and invest in multi-functional furniture pieces. —Pauline La’O, interior designer

Privacy Issues

Q. I share a condo unit with two friends and, thus, lack privacy. My bedroom is separated from our living space by a clear glass sliding door. What is the best way to cover it? —Kat, Pasig City

A. You may put sticker graphics on your glass sliding door for a more permanent barrier. However, if you prefer a temporary one only, use roll-up shades only so that you also have control over your privacy.—Pauline La’O, interior designer

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