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.
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.
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..
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|
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful swing staircase with wooden steps on a metal base
The sleek cantilever ladder can only be fixed to a solid wall
The ladder counts everything:
- 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:
- Transparent plastic.
- Tempered safety glass.
- 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.
Staircase glass railings in an elegant Scandinavian style duplex
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.
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..
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:
- Private area.
- 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..
Mini-office on the second level of a small two-story apartment
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..
White staircase with black railings in a modern style 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;
- music salon;
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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..
Interior of a modern high-tech duplex apartment
- 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..
In a classic interior, wood trim and appropriate furniture will be appropriate.
- Eclecticism also has the right to life, if from several styles we take what constitutes noble harmony, as in the example in the photo.
Eclecticism suits people with strong character and developed taste
- 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 interior can be diluted with bright accents
- 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..
Abundance of stone and wood, while the wood is desirable to age
- 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”.
It is customary to decorate staircases in the oriental style with mosaics.
- 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
In our gallery you can find more interesting photo examples..