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Open for adventure: a studio apartment fit for a family

Cycling, swimming or laser tagging: it’s just another week for this lively family of four. Located in the centre of the city, their compact and cost-conscious loft apartment is the ideal launching pad for their active lives – divided up smartly with designated zones, multi-functional furnishings and an impressive use of vertical space.

An open plan living and dining area with two beige/brown SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofas, white BILLY bookcases and a gallery wall.
An open plan living and dining area with two beige/brown SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofas, white BILLY bookcases and a gallery wall.
Two adults and two teens laughing and hugging each other on a beige/brown SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofa with a gallery wall behind.
    A drawn floor plan of an open plan apartment.
    A living area with a white BILLY bookcase holding books and a speaker, against a wall with framed prints and photographs.

      Space for it all

      Endless interests and hobbies tend to come with lots of gadgets and equipment. The only solution? Storage, storage, storage! Textiles and accents of green add warmth to the space without taking away the function.

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      A go-with-the-flow living area

      Welcome to the heart of this modern family’s home: the comfy, hard-working, good-looking, washable-cover-wearing modular sofa zone – flexible enough to be reconfigured any which way. From homework afternoons to comedy-filled movie nights, it all happens here.

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      The arm of a beige/brown SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofa with open end and cushions on it.
        A windowed living area with a birch veneer BORGEBY coffee table in front of a beige/brown SÖDERHAMN 3-seat sofa.
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          A room-diving curtain separating a sleep area with a light grey GLADSTAD upholstered bed frame from a dining and living area.

            The art of open plan living

            An open plan apartment can be the ideal home for a family. According to interior designer Annette Ydholm it all comes down to multi-functional zones, smart storage, and creating much-needed privacy.

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            A restful bedroom for hard-working parents

            When work is done and the video game quests have been vanquished, the curtain is drawn separating the parents’ space from the rest of their home. Once an open zone, it’s now their private oasis, where the only tasks left to complete are to relax, read a couple of pages and peacefully drift off to sleep.

            A computer atop a white LAGKAPTEN/ADILS desk with a LOBERGET/MALSKÄR swivel chair with pad, under a window, next to a bed.
              Two pillows and a duvet on a bed covered in a white and black/check VITKLÖVER duvet cover and pillowcases.
                An anthracite ODGER chair and ash LISABO chair at a KALLHÄLL gateleg table with storage, set up as a workspace with a laptop.

                  Fuel up in an open plan kitchen

                  While many families connect over a meal, this household prefers to keep things moving. A gateleg breakfast table is great for quick and easy bites, folding up and putting out the way when not in use.

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                  Two teenagers on either side of a sleep area, with two dark grey TUFFING loft bed frames separated by a green fabric curtain.

                    Right down the middle: a shared sleep space for teens

                    This sleep and storage space shows that creating privacy and room for two strong-willed teens and their different interests can be done – it just takes a little imagination.

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                    A shared bathroom for a clean routine

                    Navigating timetables filled with everything from karate lessons to rock climbing missions, a family sharing one bathroom means there’s potential for mess and traffic jams. A schedule for showering cuts the rush hour confusion and plenty of shelves, drawers, hooks and rails cut the clutter.

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                    A bathroom with green tiled walls and a mirrored cabinet above two white sinks with drawers and shelves holding white towels.
                      A dark green/mélange HIMLEÅN bath towel on a black SKOGSVIKEN towel rail against a green tiled wall.
                      A white plastic NOJIG organiser holding a hair scrunchie and toiletries on a shelf.
                      An EKOLN soap dispenser in grey-green, on a sink with a tap and a grey-green EKOLN toothbrush holder with toothbrushes.
                      Dark beige towels hanging from three black SKOGSVIKEN hooks against a green tiled wall.
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                      Washed, dried, folded, worn

                      Without a lot of space, clever storage solutions have made their way into every spare inch of this home. In the bathroom, a generous shelving unit works for all the dirty washing, with individual bins of each family member’s clean basics. If getting ready quickly and efficiently were a sport, this family would be on the A team.

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                      A white JONAXEL storage combination holding toiletries, against a green tiled wall, below a window.
                        A white BOAXEL laundry combination with white shirts hanging from the rail, folded clothing on open shelves, and boxes above.
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                          Grab and go, go, go!

                          For these adventure seekers, getting out into the big wide world needs to be as accessible as can be. This hallway allows for just that, functioning as the dividing line between “home sweet home” and their next outdoor escapade. The key? Plenty of storage for clothing and sports gear and ultra-high shelves that wrap around the room. So, who’s ready for some ultimate frisbee?

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                          A close-up of the slightly ajar door of a white mesh IVAR cabinet.
                          Two HYLLIS shelving units holding a skateboard, helmet, rollerblades, water bottle and bags.
                          A black TJUSIG hanger attached to a wall with a patterned scarf hanging from it.
                          A white SKÅDIS clip holding a black and white photograph against a white SKÅDIS pegboard.
                          A white mesh IVAR cabinet next to a bench with a SKÅDIS pegboard above and three light grey HÅLLBAR bins with lids below.
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                            Level up your hallway

                            No matter how small or narrow your hallway may be, there’s a hook, rail or shelf just waiting to turn your home’s entrance into a hardworking and helpful space.