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Design of two-level apartments: original solutions and non-standard layout

Among the proposals for real estate, two-level apartments are increasingly appearing, which began to compete with private houses with 2 floors. Not every specialist will undertake to independently transform the design of a two-level apartment, especially since beginners give up. If you follow the recommendations of experts, it will be easier to choose a spectacular interior for any two-level option.

High window in a two-level apartment

For the convenience of living, duplex apartments are close to a private house

The specifics of organizing space in an apartment on 2 floors

The urban development of the Soviet period did not provide for a large living space for each family. New buildings with two-level proposals are still rare, but there are proposals for converting technical structures into housing, as in the photo.

Natural parquet flooring on the first level of a bunk apartment

The design of a two-level apartment is based on the division of space into public and private areas.

Some duplex apartments are interior design more like ordinary two-story houses. They borrow more from the urbanism of the “stone jungle”, from high-tech and techno style..

Other two-story layout proposals are more like foyers, recreation and waiting rooms with large stairwells or even an elevator cage inside. No wonder, the staircase is the main attribute of such housing..

Hall-living room design in a two-level apartment

Interior decoration depends on the personal preferences of the apartment owners

The capital’s loft apartments, which are most often rented out by foreigners working in large corporations, also look luxurious. High ceilings and chic furnishings bring the well-appointed spacious rooms closer to the semblance of a modern palace..

1. Typical loft A large room with high ceilings in the industrial zone, adapted for housing, the second floor is full or in the form of balconies and hinged cornices behind the partition
2. Penthouse Elite housing stock on the upper level with a terrace and a new planning hike – isolated apartment on 2-3 levels  
3. Duplex Spacious two-storey apartments with full functionality of all premises
4. United apartments The result of the merger of 2 ordinary city apartments one above the other with their own stairs  

Wooden staircase on white ceramic floor

A spacious studio apartment on two levels will require a large financial investment

Leafing through the pages of catalogs and illustrations, you notice that there is nothing new in the design of a two-level apartment in a modern style. Only a staircase is added, which must fit constructively into the interior. On the top floor, such housing often resembles an attic, especially if part of the sloping.

Black staircase without railings in a minimalist style apartment

An interesting staircase can become the main design element

The functional zoning of the interior of a two-level apartment is subject to the same rules as any other housing. On the primary real estate market, two-storey housing with a small footage appears more and more often, including offers of the “economy” class.

Convenient drawers under the stairs to the second floor of the apartment

For small apartments, rational use of space under the stairs is important

This is a great opportunity to separate personal space for lovers of privacy, isolated individualists and creative individuals. Due to their large scale, spacious apartments look presentable, regardless of the chosen style. The main wish is a light palette, so that air and light seem even more.

The staircase is the basis of the design of the duplex apartment

Inside an apartment without a staircase, it is unthinkable to climb to the second or even third floor several times a day. And the more impressive it is, the more spectacular the design of a two-story apartment.

Wooden steps of stairs to the second floor of a city apartment

Beautiful swing staircase with wooden steps on a metal base

Cantilever staircase with wooden steps

The sleek cantilever ladder can only be fixed to a solid wall

The ladder counts everything:

  • materials;
  • design;
  • fastening method;
  • handrails and railings;
  • decorating method.

In some design projects, it seems that the staircase is missing, since it is made of transparent materials. Unaccustomed, it is scary to step on an almost invisible structure. Interior designs are not made from ordinary window glass, but from alternative materials:

  1. Plexiglass.
  2. Transparent plastic.
  3. Tempered safety glass.
  4. Polymer composite materials.

Not everyone is ready to decide on such a staircase, especially when there are children or old people with frequent dizziness in the family. But transparent barriers are often used on balcony structures inside the design project of a two-level apartment, as in the photo.

The interior of the second level of the apartment in the Scandinavian style

Staircase glass railings in an elegant Scandinavian style duplex

Design of a modern duplex apartment in Art Nouveau style

Staircase with transparent railings in a two-room Art Nouveau apartment

Structurally, stairs are straight or marching (1 straight span) and spiral. Swivel stairs have a landing, often along adjacent walls.

Metal spiral staircase in the interior of the apartment

The spiral staircase is not so easy to use, but it takes up a minimum of space

Natural wood is the best material for solid spiral and flight staircases. They are often complemented with carved decor and chiseled balusters at the railings. But they are rather bulky, take up a lot of space, so they do not often decorate the design of a two-level apartment. Usually this is a classic interior, retro style or country style..

Although metal is the heaviest material, it is the most durable. In most modern apartments, light compact stairs are made precisely from a corner or chrome pipes..

Metal railing of an interfloor staircase in a city apartment

A metal staircase can look light and airy, while being a very reliable structure.

The best option is a modern combined staircase made of wood and metal. Artistic forging is one of the ways to decorate the interior design of two-level apartments.

Layout of two-story housing

A lot of free space does not mean that it is always wisely disposed of. The basis should be a functional distribution of space. The advantage of 2 levels is that it is easier to split the squaring:

  1. Private area.
  2. Common areas.

Above are usually bedrooms, downstairs – a kitchen and a dining room, an entrance hall and rooms for receiving guests. It is convenient when there are bathrooms on two floors, and a nursery and a dressing room are available, depending on the availability of usable space. If this is a common two-level room with a flight of stairs, it should form a general impression on those entering the house..

Organization of a study above the kitchen area

Mini-office on the second level of a small two-story apartment

White staircase in living room with red sofas

Extraordinary interior of an apartment in the art deco style

When the rooms are grouped, it is much more convenient than, for example, rushing from the kitchen downstairs to the upper dining room. Plus, it’s not safe to carry hot drinks up the steep stairs. Wealthy families also have rooms for service personnel, they are located on the lower level..

Concrete staircase with metal railings in a duplex apartment

White staircase with black railings in a modern style apartment

Design of a large living room on the first floor of a duplex apartment

Classic style beige living room with purple sofas

Free space can be organized and furnished according to the preferences and lifestyle of family members:

  • computer room;
  • home cinema;
  • billiard room;
  • greenhouse;
  • library;
  • study;
  • music salon;
  • mini-pool;
  • children’s playroom;
  • art workshop;
  • women’s, children’s and men’s dressing rooms.

If this is a loft, in which there are almost no walls and partitions, functional zoning is most relevant. Visually, the design of a two-level room or the accessory of isolated corners should be distinguished by appropriate furniture and accessories.

Concrete ceiling in a loft style living room

First floor of a loft-style apartment

It is important to think over two-level apartments of a small footage to the smallest detail so that the money invested in repairs is not wasted.

If you intend to use partitions, keep in mind that they can be of different types:

  • static and mobile;
  • low curbs and solid (up to the ceiling);
  • curly and classic;
  • sliding and folding.

Large wooden table in a loft style living room

Industrial design staircases are suitable for creating an industrial style.

Attention! When equipping a loft, communications can be brought up wherever convenient. In city apartments, it is undesirable to transfer a gas stove, bath, sink, sinks and washbasins to another wall.

Bicycle in the interior of a city apartment

Loft style is ideal for interior decoration of a duplex apartment

In connected apartments, one of the entrance doors on the common staircase must remain in place. This simplifies the work of postal couriers, ambulances and other emergency services..

Original design ideas for duplex apartments

It is very important to choose a design idea that will “keep” a special atmosphere for many years. Just making repairs and placing new furniture on a large area is not enough. Large area – freedom for creativity. The stylistics should be completely subordinated to the general idea, as in the photo.

  1. High-tech style has remained in demand over the past decade, especially when it comes to the choice of design for urban duplex apartments converted from non-residential stock. But the “technical” style itself is cold and alienated. Therefore, it needs to be diluted with “tasty” designer finds and spectacular upholstered furniture..

    Large TV panel on the first floor of a duplex apartment

    Interior of a modern high-tech duplex apartment

  2. Classics and historical styles are suitable for luxury properties on 2 levels. You can even choose palace furniture sets and expensive textiles, if the architecture of the dwelling is in harmony with the decor..

    The interior of the first floor of a duplex apartment in the classic style

    In a classic interior, wood trim and appropriate furniture will be appropriate.

  3. Eclecticism also has the right to life, if from several styles we take what constitutes noble harmony, as in the example in the photo.

    Spiral staircase made of metal in the interior of the apartment in the eclectic style

    Eclecticism suits people with strong character and developed taste

  4. Minimalism (classic, Japanese or Scandinavian) requires a competent approach so that a large area does not look like an empty two-story apartment. An additional seating area with multi-seater upholstered furniture of a simple form will help get rid of the feeling of “unfinished” design without decorative frills.

    Minimalist duplex apartment design

    Minimalist interior can be diluted with bright accents

  5. If the second floor of the apartment is built on the principle of an attic, the chalet style may be the best choice. The cozy atmosphere of a mountain house will be emphasized by natural wood beams, sheepskin on the floor and soft armchairs. This option will also look good behind partitions – without internal walls..

    Spacious chalet style living room with staircase in duplex apartment

    Abundance of stone and wood, while the wood is desirable to age

  6. The two-level eastern harem is an original solution for a large family with one man. A little comic, but such an imaginative decor will make the duplex an inimitable oasis of textile luxury in the “stone jungle”.

    Wooden staircase with Moroccan mosaic

    It is customary to decorate staircases in the oriental style with mosaics.

  7. You can do without figurative stylistic accessories if the design combines color or texture. Everything is sheathed with wood – two-storey urban housing will resemble a forest tower in a “taiga dead end”. The white floor of the lower floor is somewhat similar to a cloud, onto which a staircase descends from the second level..

Video review of an apartment with a mezzanine floor

Photo gallery

In our gallery you can find more interesting photo examples..

Arrangement of a living room in the hall of the first floor of a city apartment Dark brown floor in an Art Nouveau living room Decorating the walls of the staircase with paintings Bright decor in an industrial interior Sofa group on the second floor of a duplex apartment Beautiful staircase with glass steps The glossy surface of the stretch ceiling Round-shaped living room interior Bedroom on the mezzanine in a city apartment Joiner's workbench instead of a dining table Yellow accents in a white interior Black wardrobes in a loft style apartment Gray bedspread on wooden railing Corner sofa with white pillows Interior of a children's room with a mezzanine Attic apartment design Black chandelier on white ceiling Oval dining table Design of the first floor of a duplex apartment interior of a two-level apartment in a modern house Black furniture in the kitchen-living room Glass and metal ladder Design of a dining area in a living room with a staircase Plaster molding on the ceiling of the kitchen-living room Glass railings of the flight staircase Brown bedspread on double bed Minimalist dining area Gray sofa in a bright living room variegated carpet on the wooden floor Decor paintings of the wall above the sofa Glossy flooring Concrete column in the interior of the living room Living room design with decorative fireplace Living room interior in black and white Modern living room in art nouveau style Living room design with corner sofa Living room with Scandinavian style staircase Spiral staircase with original railings Design of a modern apartment with a mezzanine Bedroom in the mezzanine above the dining area Wooden staircase in the interior of the kitchen-living room Red armchair against a white wall Black door in a snow-white wall Open shelves for storing books Brick and wood in apartment interior decoration Loft-style interior decor Large dining table with wood top Living room design with concrete stairs Spiral staircase in the attic Turquoise sofa in a white room

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