Where your living room was once a simple setup with wide open space for entertaining, it has now become a jungle of multi-purpose activities for the whole family. But don’t fear! Whether you moved your office to make way for the nursery or built the nursery in the living room, there are simple ways to make the most of the space!
Nursery in the Living Room or Bedroom
Many families find that, as the family grows, the ability to make space for the newest additions become more difficult. Many older siblings can’t handle having a baby in the same room for the first year. To fix the problem, parents commonly set up a nursery in the bedroom with them, or in the living room. After the bundle of joy arrives they realize one problem they may not have considered before.
Babies like to stay awake at night and often sleep so lightly that activities in the living room at night are very prohibited.
But it doesn’t need to be this way. The simple solution is to add hanging room dividers. In the living room, these dividers can help keep out light and some of the distractions that keep little ones awake. It also creates a barrier for you to close off space if you have a social gathering. In the bedroom, these dividers can help give you back the privacy you feel you lost.
Regardless of where your nursery is, make sure you have it suitably baby-proofed.
Office in the Living Room
Your family is growing, and your former office has moved into the living room to make way for the new additions in the bedroom. If you’ve sacrificed your office space to make more room for the family to sleep, you don’t have to feel like you have sacrificed your sanity. There are ways to create a great multi-purpose living room that removes the headache from daily activities.
While this isn’t a popular decision for some, there are a number of benefits to having an office in the living room. Having children in the house can be a distraction, but if your office is in the living room you have not only freed up the old office for a bedroom, you have also created a family center for community. You can do your work while the kids play on the floor, keeping an eye on them while also being productive. For those who need focus while working, headphones are a great way to block out noise while still watching the room.
If your living room bleeds into the kitchen, no worries. You can make space in the living room by moving books to the tops of kitchen cabinets and eliminating the need for the bookshelves altogether. Not only does it create a nice visual of unused space, but it keeps the books out of the hands of the littlest ones in the family.
Another option is to put up room dividers so that your office space is still separate space from your main living area. And it’s a lot cheaper than buying a new house.
The best part about these changes? They are both reversible and transitional. This means you can easily make a change in the future to something that fits your lifestyle then.