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Not all families can boast of spacious housing, in which there will be enough space for each household member, and no one will feel limited in personal space. Many young families are forced to live in small, one-room apartments. Such housing needs especially careful and ingenious interior planning so that one room can perform several functions at once. As a rule, in one-room apartments, the bedroom is also forced to be used as a living room. After reading this article, you will learn how to correctly divide one room into a living and sleeping area.


Converting one room into both a bedroom and a living room at the same time is a difficult task, if the living room is a public place, then the bedroom, by definition, is a private space. Nevertheless, there are many ways to competently combine the bedroom and living room in one room, even if it is very small. The most striking examples of this kind of combination of functions can be observed in modern studio apartments.

In order to successfully adapt one room to perform several functions at once, it is necessary to have a clear work plan and stick to it exactly. In this case, in one room it will be quite possible to receive guests and relax in silence after a difficult day. A very important point is the correct drawing of the boundary between the two zones. It is worth noting that both halves of the room should be characterized by some commonality of the stylistic decisions used.

When determining the line of demarcation, it is necessary to take into account a number of nuances:

  • sleeping area should be located in the most remote part of the room;
  • it is desirable that the bedroom has windows;
  • it is better to place the living area at the exit;
  • It should be possible to provide good lighting in the living room at night.

When zoning a room, a lot depends on its size, shape, number of windows and inlets. It should be borne in mind that a rectangular room is easier to divide into separate parts than a square one.


As a rule, structures made of glass concrete and drywall, as well as sliding doors, podiums and arches, are used as stationary partitions. Solid opaque partitions can only be considered a good solution if each of the designated areas has its own source of natural light.

Otherwise, such partitions will interfere with the natural light of one of the parts of the room. Under certain circumstances, the use of glass inserts and mirror structures can be a way out. Such devices are called false partitions, they do a good job of zoning, but do not completely separate the zones from each other. Most often, false partitions are used in loft-style rooms. A serious disadvantage of rooms with stationary partitions is the many problems that arise when it is necessary to change the layout of the room.


One of the simplest and fastest means of zoning are mobile partitions. These designs have a number of tangible advantages:

  • versatility;
  • large selection;
  • simplicity of design and application;
  • high mobility;
  • the ability to install a partition in almost any room.

The design of the mobile partition is so simple that you can do it yourself. Another huge plus of such designs is that they can be hidden in a closet in just a couple of minutes.


Various curtains and curtains are the most budgetary means of zoning a room. At the moment, there is a huge selection of curtains and curtains from any fabric, from translucent to very dense. There are also combined curtains on the market, made up of different types of fabrics.

When selecting dividing curtains, you should choose those that are in harmony with window curtains. Interestingly, modern curtains and curtains are made not only from fabrics, for example, bamboo and beads are used. However, such original curtains can not fit well into every interior.


Many designers believe that transforming furniture is the best way to harmoniously combine the living room and bedroom in one room. In the daytime, such furniture performs the functions of, for example, chairs and tables, or simply retracts into a far corner, and at night it transforms into a bed or a couch. Prominent representatives of this family of furniture are:

  • chair-bed;
  • folding sofa;
  • bed, put away in the closet;
  • mattress bed;
  • and others.

Despite the benefits of using transforming furniture, it is worth remembering that a real bed is much more comfortable and cozy than a sofa laid out for the night.


The smallest elevation is able to clearly visually divide the room into several zones. The podium can also be used for purely utilitarian purposes, it is great for storing things. The podium is often complemented by mobile partitions or curtains.

It is interesting that the mattress laid directly on a hill looks very organic. By giving up the bed, you can significantly reduce the feeling of bulkiness in the room.


For homes with high ceilings, vertical zoning is a good way to differentiate. As a rule, it involves the placement of the sleeping area under the ceiling, high above the floor surface. Despite the fact that such a design solution is very unusual and not very popular, it has many advantages:

  • the need to allocate a sleeping area disappears;
  • significantly increases the usable area of ​​the room;
  • a person gets the opportunity to retire in the sleeping area, even if he is not alone in the room.

It is also possible to implement high-rise zoning in a room with low ceilings, but for this you will have to buy special expensive equipment that will raise and lower the bed. In this case, the family sleeps at the “normal” height, and the bed is at the top only during the day.


If a loggia or balcony adjoins the room, then the idea suggests itself to draw a line of demarcation precisely at the junction of the balcony and the room. The idea of ​​turning a balcony into a bedroom has many advantages. With a little effort, you can get an extra room that will be clearly separated from the living room. However, this idea also has many drawbacks. First of all, it is necessary to insulate and glaze the balcony, which will require additional costs. It is also far from always possible to obtain permission from the regulatory authorities to re-equip the balcony. When converting a balcony into a bedroom, there are often problems with lighting the living room.


You can divide a room into several zones without redevelopment of the room. You can achieve visual separation through different decor in the bedroom and living room parts of the room. For a clear zoning of a room, different colors and textures of the walls are often enough. The main problem of this method is the search for a design solution that will simultaneously allow both to clearly identify the difference between zones and emphasize the commonality of their style.

Visual zoning does not prevent the use of some simple partitions:

  • houseplants;
  • shelf;
  • various racks;
  • and another.

Remember that it is necessary by all means to avoid excessive cluttering of the room with furniture and other items. Therefore, you need to strictly limit the amount of furniture used.

Finally, it is worth saying that before making a final decision, it is necessary to carefully study all the available options for arranging the living and sleeping areas. Many planning decisions should be made taking into account the parameters of the apartment, for example, the size of the room, the presence of a balcony, the height of the ceilings, and more. Remember that a good solution can be found even in the most difficult case.

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