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How to Create a Dual Function Garden Room

Garden rooms can have countless purposes, such as home offices, music rooms, studios or a gym; but what happens when two family members want to use it for different things.

Here are some tips on how to create a dual-function garden room to keep the peace.

1. Clever Storage Solutions

Whatever the purpose, storage will be needed. By using a room sized shelving unit, this can split the space in two and be used to store your things. Even if the shelving doesn’t reach the ceiling, items stored on top will give the illusion of a private enclosure.

2. Traditional Room Dividers

Decorative and designer room dividers can become a feature of the space, as well as a functional object. If only a temporary divider is needed, by using curtains you can double up your room divider as a decorative feature but draw them back when the space needs to be unified.

3. Modern Space-Saving Furniture

In recent years, many furniture designers have focused their energies on creating space-saving furniture for tight spaces. This can be a fantastic way to create a dual-function space, since when one item is not needed, it can simply be folded away to make room for another. For example, a work table fitted to the wall and used for art projects can be easily folded up to allow space for a gym workout. As furniture design continues to evolve, this is definitely something to keep an eye out for when considering dual-functioning rooms.

4. Mirrors

Mirrors can be an effective way to breaking up a room, adding light to smaller spaces and giving the illusion of extra room. By placing a large mirror on a cupboard or temporary wall, it can give the illusion of being two rooms. It will also make the space seem much larger than it is by bouncing light through the space and connecting it with the outdoors, which is great when working in a tight space.

If the whole family is excited about all the uses for the new garden room, but can't seem to decide on just one - there's no need for quarrels. By using one of these simple solutions, you can effectively have the best of both worlds by creating a dual-function space from your garden.

Date: 21/08/2014 | Author: Roger Hedges