In this day and age of expensive real estate, floor space is a prime commodity. It’s more difficult now more than ever to get enough space especially for families with children and pets. That’s why it’s good to be innovative when looking at a space or an empty room in the home and ask yourself: “How can I make good use of all this space?”
1. A Second Home
The pride of a home is in its ability to welcome guests and give them solace for a time but what good is a guest room when you’re losing another important room?
If you don’t have a spare room to allot, you can have a murphy bed tucked away right in the middle of the living room.
Or you can have it all set up in the kitchen.
2. Play and Rest
It’s important to give children their room to play and make good use of their imagination while also encouraging rest and relaxation.
A murphy bed works well in clearing up the floor space to convert the bedroom into a playroom.
The play and rest idea also works even if you have a teenager in the house.
This rooms combines all the necessities of a young adult: sleep, school and music!
3. Utilizing the Utilities Room
If all you have is a laundry room to make good use of, don’t worry! A laundry room can double as a spare room for guests as well as a sewing room or even just a lounge area while you sort and fold the laundry!
4. Play, rest and play again!
What’s better than a mancave? A game room/guest room/viewing room! A foosball table, an arcade game or two and a sofa bed are just some of the few things you’ll need for a truly entertaining guest bedroom.
5. Take it outside
The balcony is often reserved for plants or clotheslines especially for rental apartments and condos. But if you really want to make good use of your limited outdoor space, you can get a foldaway table to use as your occasional work desk.
If you love entertaining on occasion, consider turning your balcony into your very own entertainment/breakfast nook with a bar cart and other essentials.
Murphy and sofa beds aside, here are more space-saving furniture to make your space easily-convertible!
1. Secretary Desks
These elegant-looking writing desks are as highly-functional as they are aesthetically-pleasing. They help hide your messy worktop and supplies when you’re entertaining.
Custom desks can also be built for the same function – with a modern twist, of course.
2. Bunk Beds, Trundle Beds and Clever Storage
You can indulge your child’s love of sleepovers and pajama parties with modular furniture that involve beds that tuck into raised platforms, leaving space for dress-up and rambunctious play times.
Or you can take your cue from the Japanese and the ancient art of the kaidan dansu like bunk beds that have cleverly-hidden storage spaces for clothes, toys, and gizmos.
3. Expandable Tables
Whether you have limited space in your home office or dining room, these genius tables fold and unfold to allow for more people to gather around.
Thanks to innovative furniture designers, writing desks have become more adaptive as well, with halves that can be folded down to the desk itself can be tucked away into an odd corner when not in use.
Creating a multifunctional room in the home can be easier than you first thought. All you need is a lot of patience and time in hunting the perfect pieces of furniture to fit your needs. Some creative planning and clever arrangements and you can double the size of your living space in no time at all!