What can you do when your small living room suddenly needs to double as a bedroom-by-night?
When Debra’s son moved back home unexpectedly, she came to us on Twitter with this exact design dilemma. That’s when the Home Stylists at our Birmingham, Boston, and Philadelphia stores pitched-in with their solutions.
Read on for their practical styling advice about what to do when you really need to live in a living room!
#1. The Bookcase Divider
“You can strategically place an open bookcase to give your son a private space of his own while also providing storage.”
“For example, our Rolling Storage is open to both sides and large enough to act as a room divider. Inserting square woven baskets in several of the openings creates hidden storage for belongings while also creating more privacy.”
“Bonus feature: This piece is on wheels so it can easily be moved to the side during the day when privacy isn’t need.”
– Laura Wilson, west elm Philadelphia
#2. Make It Multifunctional
“Focusing on using only multifunctional pieces can help two people live together comfortably in a 1 bedroom comfortably without stepping on each other’s toes.”
“A sleeper sofa would be ideal. It allows you to keep the integrity of a true living room and the comfort of a full-size bed.”
“Look for a coffee table that has hidden storage – like our Rustic Storage or Nook Coffee Table. This way, your coffee table can double as a nightstand + place for your son to to hide an alarm clock, books, and any other basic necessities.”
– Whitney Harris, west elm Birmingham
#3. Style A Temporary Solution
“You can’t make your living room any bigger – but there are temporary ways to make it look and feel bigger.”
“One way to make your son’s area feel like its own space is to add an area rug. Even if that means overlapping with an existing rug, this gives any part of the room its own distinct feeling.”
“Folding screens are easy to set-up and store away as needed. west elm carries this Patterned Upholstered Screen + this Fretwork Screen. Depending on your + your son’s style, consider looking for different types – such as shoji screens – at vintage shops in your area.
– Jessica Klein, west elm Fenway
Do you have a design dilemma? Schedule an appointment with our free Home Stylist service at your local store!