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Space ideas

Looking at a 2 bedroom apartment and want advice on space saving, we have 2 kids, 9 year old girl and 4 year old boy, was thinking of them each having their own room and not sharing and then in the living room which is pretty large getting a sofa bed for my husband and I, anyone currently do this and is it working, ideas for organizing living room so it does not look like a room, portable closet or dresser to the side etc, would this work? We currently have a 3 bedroom but need to downsize due to cost etc. Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Apr 16

    May I ask why you don’t want the kids to share a room? Ours share and it’s brought them closer together. And wouldn’t you want to have your own private space too with your husband?

  • Sara
    Apr 16

    Personally I vote for the kids to share a room. There are tons of cool room divider ideas on Pinterest to give the kids each their individual space. One of my favorites I discovered is: https://www.everblocksystems.com/ I think you'll really want your own room and you'll want the living room to be a family space and kids won't mind sharing a room after the initial shock of getting used to it (they will probably see it as a cool thing). My older one is BEGGING to share a room with her sister. If you do end up using the living room as your bedroom, you might want to get a Murphy bed (one that pulls down from the wall) so it doesn't take up space when it's not in use.

  • Shannon
    Apr 16

    I think sharing a room would be a good option for the same gender but it is more difficult for a boy and girl to share a room especially with the girl getting close to preteen. The front room master might be the best option.. is it big enough that maybe you could put up a divider and put dresser/portable closet behind it?

  • Jackie
    Apr 16

    I also agree with Shannon on not sharing room for opposite gender. A Murphy bed sounds like a good option. Another option is consider moving to another town where rent is cheaper and stay with a 3 bed. You would have to weigh your options (commute, moving children to new school zone, etc.. ) personally I would need our own bedroom.

  • Ivy
    Apr 16

    My parents shared their room with one of my younger brothers til he was 7, almost 8. He was only ever in there to sleep, so no biggie. He had drawers for his clothes under his bed.

  • Laura
    Apr 16

    I shared a room with my opposite sex sibling (3 years younger) until I was at least 11. I don't think it's a problem at all (we plan on our kids sharing a room if/when we have a second). It's pretty normal in cities. I've seen beds tucked away behind bookshelves to give the kids some privacy.

  • Anonymous
    Apr 17

    My best friend’s family have this type of arrangement. Her parents moved into her 1 bedroom apartment and they sleep in the living room while she sleeps in her room. Her parents basically keep most things in see-through storage containers in the closets; and then hang their clothes. They have not managed to keep the living room clutter-free.

  • Laura
    Apr 17

    Also, my husband and I currently sleep in a loft area and our daughter has the master bedroom. We keep all of our clothes in the Master with her and it hasn't been a big deal to go in there when we need to get things

  • Christina
    Apr 18

    My son and daughter share a room, my husband and I have the master, which we will share with baby number 3 in Aug.

  • Elys
    Apr 18

    I vote for putting the kids together in a room and you guys take the master, everyone will be happier that way? If mom and dad are happy the kids will be too not the other way around ;)

  • Mary
    Apr 18

    I think it’s totally doable with Murphy bed for you. If you have Instagram follow this blog: http://www.600sqft.com/ of course, it’s all pretty for the pics (nobody really keeps their home like that all the time) but it has good ideas for small space.