How to zone a room for parents and a child
With the birth of a baby, there is a need to create a comfortable space for him. Even if a separate nursery is provided in the house, at first the baby requires the constant attention of the mother. Many young parents install a baby’s crib in their bedroom, but from the age of 2-3 it is better for a child to allocate a separate corner. For small apartments and studios, the optimal solution to this issue is zoning.
A variety of designs will help to divide the area of the room into children’s and adult zones. Having shown ingenuity and practicality, every centimeter of space can be used with maximum benefit.
Slider doors will perfectly cope with the role of a thin partition. Translucent inserts, mirrors or stained glass windows in them will provide access to natural light to the parent part of the room, as well as make it visually larger. However, given the carelessness of children, it is better to choose plexiglass, plexiglass, plastic or PVC film facades instead of glass ones. If transparency is not needed, for optical expansion of the area, it is worth paying attention to sliding doors with a light glossy, metallized surface, an interesting three-dimensional pattern imitating polished marble, lacquered wood. Remember that dark matte and saturated tones create a feeling of gloom, bulkiness, so it is better to leave them for more spacious rooms.
By installing a high wardrobe instead of a screen, you can save quite a lot of space and at the same time solve the problem of zoning. It is enough just to leave a passage in the middle or on the side to get a functional wardrobe wall from floor to ceiling and get rid of thoughts about where to place things in a small apartment forever. If the area allows, it is advisable to arrange shelves – both from the adult side and from the children’s side. If necessary, a folding bed or even a whole set of furniture can be vertically hidden in the wardrobe.
One of the most inexpensive ways to zone a room are screens. They are very easy to make with your own hands from improvised materials: wooden rails, pieces of fabric, various pendants, cardboard, remnants of wallpaper, fiberboard. Due to its low weight, such structures are ideal for temporary rented apartments, as well as families who have to move frequently. Mobile partitions can be folded, hidden or moved to another place at any time. They are also convenient from the point of view of decor. So, on the one hand, the screen can serve as a basis for children’s drawings, on the other – a background for photos.
Shelving or shelves
If you want to have access to various little things, books, but at the same time not to separate the bedroom from the nursery tightly, then a shelving will be a good option for a partition. Wooden, plastic, plasterboard, metal, chipboard or plywood, it will beautifully complement the interior and allow natural light to freely penetrate into every corner of the room. Combining open and closed shelves with drawers, you can place a home library, textbooks, toys, souvenirs, favorite collections of figurines, awards, photographs, equipment, indoor plants, and even arrange an aquarium (again, not glass, but plastic, so that a ball accidentally thrown by a child does not cause a flood in the apartment).
Being a sufficiently malleable material, drywall allows you to embody any design ideas. Relief arches, intricate openings, oval windows – all this can be used as additional shelves, decorated with stained glass windows, mirrors, paintings, and LED light bulbs mounted in them. A plasterboard niche on the side of the parent’s bedroom or living room will become an ideal basis for a false fireplace and a plasma TV, and in the nursery it will serve as a partial replacement of furniture.
If, when zoning a room for parents and a child, the window remains only in one zone, then transparent curtains will provide natural illumination of the entire space during the day. In the dark, it is enough to move (lower) the dense curtains, and you will get a cozy place for privacy. Instead of textile curtains, you can choose modern plastic or bamboo blinds. It is desirable to attach the cornice to the ceiling – this will visually make the room taller.
An interesting solution in the design of small apartments is the arrangement of a plank elevation 80-100 cm above the floor. The free space under such a “stage” is convenient to use for storing winter clothes, bedding, shoes, toys, strollers. Also, under the podium, you can install a pull-out bed or hide any other transforming furniture there.
Useful zoning tips
After dividing the room into several parts, there may be a problem with natural sunlight. It is better to leave the window in the children’s area so that it is convenient for the child to play and learn lessons. For the dark time of the day, you can buy an interesting lamp in the form of a flower, a boat, an animal, and a few more flat bulbs to mount in the ceiling. In the adult bedroom, a small overhead chandelier, spot diodes on the side surfaces, a couple of wall sconces or one or two night floor lamps will be enough.
To make the room look more spacious, it is advisable to use a light palette of shades in the design. For adults, white, pastel, natural tones of walls, furniture, textiles are suitable, and in the corner of the child, saturated rainbow colors are simply necessary: orange-yellow, light green, blue, purple. Caution should be shown except with red and dark blue: the first excites the nervous system too much, and the second acts overwhelmingly, as well as black and gray tones. Glossy surfaces contribute to the visual expansion of the space: reflective film on the ceiling, lacquered furniture, mirrors, silver-gold patterns on doors, wallpaper, curtains, as well as any vertical lines.
A fairy tale for kids
In the children’s area, fancy, colorful elements will be appropriate. Girls will like stylized furniture in the form of a palace, a puppet theater, forests, all kinds of swings, hammocks, houses; boys will be delighted with cars, space and pirate ships, sports ladders, horizontal bars, hanging rings. If there are several children, it is worth trying to arrange a personal corner for everyone. In terms of saving space, two-tiered, folding, extendable and transformable structures will do for this.
Room for parents and child – photo
Original ideas on how to zone a room for parents and a child can be viewed in our photo gallery. These projects will help you visualize your wishes regarding repairs and will bring inspiration – you will be able to transform your life, and turn a small, at first glance, apartment into a cozy family nest.
Project No. 1
Living room and children’s room in a two-room apartment on Beskudnikovsky Boulevard, Moscow.
Author: Studio 3.14.
Project No. 2
A living room combined with a children’s room for a girl in a studio apartment, Khabarovsk.
Author: Yulia Turova.
Project No. 3
A green oasis in the stone jungle – a 19-meter bedroom-living room for parents + a children’s area. The room was divided by two small walls and sliding partitions were installed. Zoning is also emphasized by the decor of the ceiling: one of its parts is lined with panels of composite material with a wood texture. Alteration for the transfer of “Repair School”.
Author: Diana Hannanova.
Project No. 4
Parent and child bedrooms in the same room, 17 m2. The room is zoned in half with a sliding partition. The doors, moving apart, hide in special structures that were built on both sides of the walls.
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