A Small Swedish Home With a Smart Room Divider

In small quarters, creating a calm, practical and comfortable living space that's also beautiful isn't always easy, but it's something the Swedes are especially good at! 

While this apartment might be blessed with a spacious kitchen, the living room needs to serve as a place to sit, relax and socialise as well as a bedroom. And if there's one thing us humans love, it's to sleep in a cosy space that provides privacy. But, with only one window in the room, the owners were faced with a conundrum. Do they close off the 'sleep zone' and cut off the natural light? Or do they keep it open-plan? 

Read on to discover the smart solution they arrived at and feel inspired by a soothing colour scheme and light-filled home in a compact, 37 sqm / 409 ft.sq space. 

Mirrored furniture is great for reflecting light into all corners of the home - and it's also a huge trend this season! 

Look closely at the window and you'll spot a black-out blind - ready to turn the room into a dark haven for a good night's sleep! 

And here friends, is the answer the owner found to creating a little privacy at nightfall. A pony wall that's high enough to separate the living room from the bedroom but low enough to ensure light flows through. 

There's no shortage of storage here! 

The layout: 

Glossary; rum: room, kök - kitchen, badrum - bathroom

What a lovely space, and a clever idea for a room divider to boot, do you agree?

Is there anything that stood out to you about this Swedish apartment? 

See more small spaces that offer beautiful solutions for angled ceilings, one room studios, storage and more in the small spaces archive

Glad Lillördag! 


Photography courtesy of Alvhem with thanks


  1. Lovely, but how in the world does one get linens on that bed?

  2. And they even made room for a piano! To Memee’s question, that’s a good point on being able to maneuver in the space. The pony wall appears to be stationary, but maybe there’s the capability to move it. Loved that they also had a garden space to expand their living area when weather cooperates, too.

  3. I love how they used this beautiful space without compromising the open and airy look even though it is quite small. I also think the living/bed room would be nicer and more spacious living space without the piano. I love pianos, but I couldn't help but notice.

  4. Such a lovely space, Thank you! I know some of our younger music teachers live in a one room apartment this way. For myself, would go with a bamboo or wicker weave foldable/movable partition, making the beds each morning would be a tough act.

  5. Eat-in kitchens will always have my heart.

  6. Amazing use of space. Whites & beiges add so much visual square footage, as does no clutter.

  7. I have a soft spot for well-thought-out small spaces. The Eat Drink Nap sign is a great life philosophy. :)


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