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MAINTAINING A HOME

A room of their own: Creating a private space for everyone in the family

1 September 2020

All members of your family need their own space, which is not always easy. But these simple ideas will make everyone feel they have their own piece of privacy.

Breathing space

As much as we’re enjoying more family togetherness at home, it’s important that each of us also has a spot we can go when we want to reflect, focus or recharge. The good news is that it needn’t be expensive or complicated to create opportunities for privacy at home. “It’s easier than you think to escape without really going anywhere,” says Sydney interior designer Lynne Bradley. Achieving that could be as simple as moving a comfortable armchair by a secluded window to create a reading nook, separating your living room into zones to give a parent or school-aged child a place to work or study, or carving out a corner of the garden for a lover of the outdoors to put their feet up.

Privacy upgrade

Just because we can hear other family members working, talking or playing doesn’t mean we always want to see them. “Use curtains, tall potted plants, screens and bookshelves to create divided zones in a room,” Bradley suggests. Teenagers need more privacy than most, so be sure to put every bit of space in their room to good use. High ceilings? Could a loft bed make the most of the vertical space and create a relaxation zone all their own? If you’re finding it tricky to find a nook you can transform, you may need to get extra creative. Rethinking furniture arrangement can free up a surprising amount of space, and be sure to consider tucked-away areas such as beneath the stairs or even a walk-in wardrobe as potential retreats. “You may be able to reorganise a walk-in-wardrobe to fit a comfy chair and lamp,” Bradley suggests.

Access all areas

While some family members may be able to tune out distractions with ease, others may need to leave the house to find the quiet time they need. If you have a garage or shed, decluttering and reorganising can often create enough space for a desk or a cluster of beanbags. If there’s room, why not transform the garage into a private gym for kids or parents? Hang a punching bag, roll out a yoga mat, and make it a designated exercise zone. Heading outside can also be refreshing when someone needs time out. To create a heavenly escape, string up a hammock between two trees and use a couple of weatherproof screens to zone off the area. A ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign could be a fun optional extra for when the space is in use. If a hammock won’t work in your backyard, create the same atmosphere with garden furniture, set up in a quiet corner. Have younger kids? A teepee is another great idea — fill it with toys and games, and designate it an adult-free zone.

Make it personal

To help ‘ownership’ of your private areas, include personal touches. For a reading nook, add a small side table and let family members who use the space choose their own favourite scented candle. Let everyone create their own playlists for the garden areas, and allocate an inexpensive Bluetooth speaker for private outdoor time. “Have fun with it,” Bradley says.

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Your next shopping list might have a few extras household bits and pieces that can help you create your zones, like room dividers, plants and extra furniture. Luckily, if you’re a Suncorp customers, you can save on homewares (and more!) with Suncorp Benefits, which offers discounts at some of Australia’s most popular retailers.

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