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Tips for a good design and layout in a shared flat

In a shared home, design and layout can make a big difference. In fact, to a large extent, coexistence depends on these factors.

At first glance it may seem that a shared home is a space where disorder and chaos floods everything. Bathrooms that are the despair of their occupants, kitchens worthy of a television spot for cleaning products, etc.

This view, however, can change with a series of guidelines as per other European cities. The key is to conceive the structure of the house in a diversified and flexible way.

The first steps in a floor layout

There are many factors that influence the conditioning of the space in a shared flat, the floor, location, how to use the high ceilings to gain a few more metres, a functional terrace, etc.

In short, it is about improving the comfort of future occupants, but also the investment and profitability.

The best homes to share

In order to encourage the subdivision of the house in a natural way, the rooms must be fully equipped. For example, a room built in the shape of an L, with a door located at its side, can establish the division between private and common areas.

If the house is developed in an alternation of patios and terraces, there will be a greater number of options for windows and the rooms will be more functional.

A rectangular floor plan with windows in the front and in the back is also very practical.

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Common areas

• The entrance hall is the union between private and common areas. It is an ideal space for storage, mail, etc.

• The kitchen and dining room. Diversifying these spaces, including the living room, makes cohabitation more bearable and gives all the occupants more space to breathe. 

• Laundry area. When there are common services, the laundry area is a very important part of the property. The most suitable would be an independent space, washing rooms, drying rooms, a good clothesline, etc.

• A separate living room will give the members of the house a greater number of options so they are comfortable and spend more time together.

Some elements, such as tables, poufs and rugs to sit on the floor, large cushions and hammocks, etc., recreate a homey atmosphere and encourage get-togethers.

The kitchen

This is about group spaces and individual spaces for cooking, washing up, and fitting the electrical appliances in. An island is a good support in such kitchens.

The more cabinets and shelves the better so that each tenant can be well organised and put away all their utensils in the right place. 


Logically, it would be ideal if each tenant had his/her own bathroom. If you can only install one bathroom, it is advisable to install the toilets in a separate area. It is also very practical to use a shower instead of a bath.


The bedrooms should be attractive, with plenty of storage space, and customisable. The built-in wardrobes offer greater storage capacity than the other types, mainly because of their full height.

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