A brilliant way to make the most of your space without compromising on essentials or luxuries, multifunctional living can be effortlessly incorporated into home and tailored to work with your unique style. For those of us that don’t have separate living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and home offices, combining multiple rooms into one is perfect for utilising the floor space you do have.
Stylish and practical, sofa beds are ideal for those with only one room for sleeping and living in – like most studio flats – or for those that frequently have guests over but don’t have a spare room in their home. With a few easy clicks, these sofas transform into comfortable double beds and turn your living space into a cosy bedroom. From unassuming and contemporary leather designs to chic Scandi and more traditional appearances, sofa beds are great for both relaxing in front of the TV during the day and catching your 40 winks at night.
For those that like their sofa and their sleeping area to be separate, trundle beds are a great alternative, effortlessly folding away after use to fit in tight storage areas.
Children’s bed frames come in a variety of clever designs with multifunction in mind. Combining nap time and play time, some cabin beds have areas underneath for your little ones to hide out in their very own den, and some even come with slides. For older kids, mid-sleepers offer ample storage for toys and schoolwork along with pull-out desks for drawing and homework.
If you’re stuck for space when it comes to a table and chairs, a folding set might be the answer. When dinner time is nearing, pull it out from the cupboard or corner of your room and unfold it to create a sturdy and comfortable set for you and your family to dine on. The added bonus of transforming your living room into a dining space is that the sofa is only a couple of steps away when you’ve eaten just a little too much and need to stretch out.
If you’ve got the room for a more permanent table, but don’t want it swallowing up too much space when not in use, then drop-leaf tables or extending tables are also great options. Remaining in place as a permanent unit, the surface area of these tables can be expanded to sit more people when needed and left a smaller size when the kids are out or your guests have gone home.
With multifunctional living comes a need for multifunctional furniture and, like the sofa beds mentioned above, seating can offer a variety of secondary uses. Storage is a sought-after feature and ottomans, pouffes, and footstools providing ample room inside for all of your bits and bobs. Available in an array of leather and lush velvet fabrics, their lids are comfortably cushioned to provide an extra perch in your room.
Another way to utilise your seating choice is picking stools that can double as side tables. If your stool has a flat surface - like industrial wood or metal Scandi styles - then it could be positioned by the side of your sofa or chair as a convenient table for your cup and remote. Then pull it back out into the room when guests arrive. Just ensure you're using a stool that is specifically designed to be sat on, unlike most side tables, or you may end up breaking it or yourself.
If your open-plan living space feels a little too jumbled, try creating divides in your room to separate the space slightly. Partitions can be made using a variety of methods, from chic curtains that section off areas, to cleverly positioned furniture. An open-backed bookcase or cube unit can be placed sideways on to a wall to create a make-shift divide. You can even decorate it in a stylish way to enhance your interior theme.
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