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How to Create a Space at Home That is All Yours

submitted on 10 January 2024
Do you ever wish you had a private sanctuary at home where you could relax, focus or indulge in hobbies without distraction? Having a personal space to retreat to can reduce stress, boost creativity and give you a sense of ownership even in a family home or busy household. With some clever planning and design, you can carve out a nook, room or even mini building that feels like it’s all yours.

Define Your Needs

Being clear on how you want to use the space is key in planning it. Do you want an office to work, a cosy reading space, an art studio? If you’ll sometimes want privacy, consider amenities like a door you can close. List your must-haves before designing the layout.

Look for Unused Areas

Most homes have wasted areas that can transform into private zones. Attics, basements, detached garages, guest rooms, large walk-in wardrobes, alcoves and corners of rooms have potential with some imagination. If you have outdoor space, you may also consider a converted garden shed or one of these custom summer houses. If you apply for the necessary permission and with proper insulation, electrics and furnishings, an outdoor building can become the ultimate personal sanctuary.

Get Creative with Storage

Even small homes likely have unused vertical space along walls, under beds or on top of wardrobes that are perfect for storage. Installing shelves, racks, cabinets and other solutions can help clear floor and wall space for a desk, seating and activities – without feeling cramped. Use fabrics, screens and floor lamps to delineate a cosy personal area too.

Add Personal Touches

Once you’ve carved out the physical space, make it feel special with meaningful personal decor. Adorn the walls with favourite photos, art and inspiration boards. Arrange treasured collectibles and display special mementos. Choose a plush rug, soft lighting and textures you love over the expected. Add scented candles, fresh flowers and other touches to delight the senses. The more the space reflects your personality and passions, the more it will feel like yours.

Set Household Guidelines

If your private sanctum is in a common area like a home office or sectioned corner, set clear expectations with your family members or housemates. Explain when and how long you may need alone time there without interruption. Consider a sign, ribbon on the doorknob or smart bulb that indicates when the space is to be undisturbed. Brief quiet hours there may be non-negotiable for your sanity amidst a bustling household. By paying attention to your physical and emotional needs, unused square footage and small touches, you can curate a personal oasis at home. Having a space to decompress that no one else lays claim over can be magical. So, explore your options and enjoy the process of articulating a solo zone amongst the busy. A custom summer house, converted basement or even just a private bookshelf to hold treasures can help you feel renewed. What are you waiting for!


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