The HUX Report Vol 3: How to Zone Your Client’s Lockdown Space

As we are all adapting to the new norm of isolation, we are spending a lot more time at home with our families. Our homes have become office, playground, school, gym, pub while, most importantly, remaining a loving family home.
Homes with an open-plan layout present difficulties, as families are now forced to share the same space for numerous activities. Finding a way to create multi-tasking, flexible spaces for your clients isn’t always easy – but small changes can make a huge difference, so read our guide below for ideas on how to maximise spaces for different family members, activities and moods.

open shelving

Freestanding open bookcases or shelving with no back can be great room dividers allowing light and sightlines to flow easily around the room. At HUX we can create bespoke free-standing furniture that perfectly complements your interior schemes while making the best possible use of the space available.


Keeping an open-plan space tidy can be a challenge, especially if your clients have a family. By having a place for everything it will help stay organised, so we recommend investing in a mix of hidden storage and display areas for those more attractive items.

An entrance way through to a roomcan create the perfect opportunity to design a library wall, to house books and ornaments. Removing clutter and into a well organised wall can often be the first step to reorganising and re-zoning a space.

partitions/sliding doors

Curtains, partitions and sliding or folding doors are a great solution as they give great flexibility. For example, a sliding door, as shown here, can define the study area making it feel more intimate.

bedroom / office

Turn a bedroom into an office to avoid the chaos of the kitchen and living room. This empty wall in a bedroom was turned into an ergonomic double desk space by varying the depth and height of the lowest shelf to create a floating desk. Full height joinery was also built to keep printers, filing and clutter at bay, so a calm working environment could be achieved.

kids room for homeschooling

Integrate a desk into a shelving unit to create a great study area to home school. Integrate storage or shelving up either side can keep books and school supplies tidy and organised.

utilise a double height space

If your clients have high ceilings or are extending a building from scratch, consider incorporating a mezzanine storage into your design. You can use the area below it as a study, and it will create a more private area within the airy open-plan space.

Or simply create a quite area for breaks to relax using an armchair & a side table for a well-earned quarantini!