An open concept floor plan has been the gold standard for new homes for many years. But the style is starting to shift and more and more buyers these days are looking for separate kitchens and dining areas and main floors that aren’t quite so open. If the sellers don’t want to undertake a huge renovation to close up an open concept main floor but you have a buyer that wants a more closed-in space you can suggest some easy ways that the buyer can get the privacy they want without having to demolish the first floor and do a major renovation like:

Use Bookshelves To Delineate Spaces

This apartment trick is a cliché because it works. Large standing bookcases or open cube shelving can be used to create the illusion of walls and define separate spaces. Although it won’t totally close in the space when the shelves are filled books or covered with the paper they give privacy and help reduce noise. Bookshelves are a great way to create a dedicated playroom in a large great room where the kid's toys can be contained and not out in plain sight while still being accessible for the kids.


An easy and interesting way to create a partition in a room is to install tracks on the ceiling and use curtains. A huge family room can be divided in half using curtains so that mom and dad can watch TV in one area and the kids can play or do homework in another. Or curtains can be used to turn a corner of the downstairs playroom into a guest bedroom for visitors and then when the visitors are gone the curtains can be opened to make the room an open concept room again.


Large pieces of furniture like console tables, sofas, and chairs can all be arranged in ways that create closed spaces so that it’s easy to close off certain spaces. Settees in fun colors that are very on-trend cost less than $300 and their super high backs create the illusion of a wall quite well. You can use settees and another piece of furniture to section off a portion of a room for a party, book club, or other event or you can use furniture to carve out an office or workspace from the great big open concept main floor of a home.

Encourage potential buyers to see all the potential that the home has and convince them that they can always create separate spaces if they want to whenever they need a little privacy. When they realize how easy it is to create some private spaces in an open concept floor plan they will be more open to considering buying a home that has an open concept main floor.


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Listing information last updated on January 31st, 2023 at 1:46pm CST.