Float On: Insight on Floating Walls

I absolutely A-D-O-R-E a floating wall.

Most larger residences tailor to an open floorplan which create a wonderful spacious feel, but also without proper planning, a lot of unused space. As a designer who places considerable thought towards function as well as form, I often suggest breaking up large rooms with a floating wall.

The following project was a fun remodel of a private residence in Calistoga, CA. This project was a traditional farmhouse purchased by a husband and wife as a vacation residence. They had goals of remodeling the upper level to create a better functioning space for their master bedroom and bathroom. Below is the as-built floorplan of the existing residence:

floor plan, architecture, drafting, autocad, drawingWithin this space the clients had a few requests:

  • An office area
  • A laundry area upstairs
  • Draw attention away or remove the header beam that acted as a divider in their master suite (shown in the dashed lines above)
  • And lastly, to update a dated floorplan with a much more open and warmer design
  • All staying within a prefixed construction budget

Seeing a opportunity to increase functionality as well as add more natural light, I created the following layout that was inspired around the idea of a floating wall as a headboard as well as a natural room divider. Making little to no structural adjustments to the existing hallway and stair areas allowed the cost to be kept to a minimum while also preserving much of the original structural integrity.

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The interior elevation would look something to this effect:

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Bedroom, Headboard, floating shelves, wood, black, stone
Photo Credit: homedit.com

Adding a new wall for the headboard allows the bed to be positioned correctly in the room as the homeowners look out onto the best view of the property.

It also allowed for a sitting library to be created on the opposite side of the wall and positioned in front of the existing fireplace.

Living Room, fireplace, Sheetrock, modern
Photo Credit: Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers
Here are a few more examples  of floating walls that just continue to inspire:
Bedroom, Headboard, floating shelves, wood,
Photo Credit: tvoydesigner.ru
Bedroom, Headboard, floating shelves, wood, black, closet, storage
Photo Credit: inrichting-huis.com
Bedroom, Headboard, floating , furniture, wood, white, traditional
Photo Credit: houzz.com
One of my favorite uses for a floating wall in an elongated bedroom is to add a walk in wardrobe or closet space behind the new wall. The wall disguises the clutter of the closet allows for a full length mirror to be installed. It is a great solution for residences’ that have limited storage.
Get creative with the finished heights of the floating wall. Creating full walls, half walls or even built in furniture pieces. All of these suggestions can be clever uses of the technique all while keeping the feeling of an open and warm floorplan.
In my final example, I share another design were I used a floating wall to position a master bed correctly in the room while also allowing for a ‘his’ and ‘hers’ computer desk area. Many older homes do not offer a location for a in-home work station. This built-in suggestion provides the clients with two functioning and beautiful places in one.
architecture, autocad, drawing, floorplan architecture, autocad, drawing, elevation
As always I hope you enjoyed today’s post and are inspired in your own interiors.
Until tomorrow wishing you a beautiful day and encouraging you to do good work.
xoxo Candice
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