From studio apartments to dorm rooms, small living spaces can force you to get creative with your furniture arrangements and invest in multifunctional furniture. Sometimes the answer to space restrictions is furniture that can serve multiple purposes. Multifunctional furniture provides a way to get more utility from your space, so you do not have to fill every inch of your room with furniture.
To understand why investing in a piece of multifunctional furniture is a good idea, here are the benefits of investing in a piece of multifunctional furniture.
One of the more popular benefits of using multifunctional furniture is that it saves you space in your home. When you have multifunctional furniture, you can prevent your home from looking and feeling tight and cramped.
For example, if you have a sofa bed in the living room, you can use that as a couch during the day and then transform it into a bed at night for a relaxing sleep for you or if you have out-of-town guests visiting. A great example is this Vig Furniture Divani Casa Avenue - Modern Fabric Sofabed. This furniture alone saves you from having to dedicate a room for guests in your home. You can now transform that extra room into an office or home library for your use.
Not only are multi-functional furniture pieces space-savers, but they also save you a ton of money. There is a consensus in the market that furniture that transforms into other furniture is more affordable.
This is because most of this type of furniture follows contemporary design concepts, meaning they are made to be minimal, practical, and can be made with any material. Furniture made of plastic is among the cheapest in the market. There are also ones made of repurposed wood and steel. All these contribute to making multifunctional furniture budget-friendly.
Easy to Clean and Maintain
Most furniture comes with its cleaning instructions. The great thing about multifunctional furniture is that the instructions are easy to comprehend and do. This goes back to the idea that these furniture pieces are usually modern in design, which uses non-traditional material that is quite easy to clean.
Plastic, vinyl, and metal are amazingly easy to clean up. They do not require special chemicals to preserve the finish or religiously applying a fresh coat of finish or paint to keep them intact and free from damage. It is for this reason why so many people have begun getting multi-functional furniture for their homes.
Clutter is another way to make a room look smaller than it is. And it detracts from the natural beauty and appeal of the room, making it less inviting. Multifunctional furniture helps to reduce clutter by reducing the number of furniture pieces in a room.
If you have a storage bed in your bedroom, you will not need extra closet space or even a trunk to store other things. All this space-saving furniture does make the room more inviting and better to live in. Now, when guests enter a room, their attention is focused on the design of the interior space instead of all the clutter that has been strewn about. You can take inspiration with this ACME Furniture Ireland - Storage Queen Bed With Storage – Espresso.
There is a huge trend that people have jumped on, and it is all about living a minimal life. This means only getting personal items that serve a function in their day-to-day lives. This movement has got people streamlining their wardrobe and all their possessions.
The great thing about space-saving furniture is that you will likely hold on to it for a long time since it serves different functions. If you plan to jump on the bandwagon of living a minimal lifestyle, then multifunctional furniture would be your best option, not only because of all the previous reasons mentioned above but also because they serve several purposes in your home.
Benefits of Having a Small Home
Many individuals think that bigger is better when it comes to property. While there is an inkling of truth to this statement, many people prefer to purchase and live in small homes – and for good reasons, if you are wondering why here are the benefits of having a small home where you can utilize multifunctional furniture.
A Smaller House Saves you Money
Because a smaller home typically costs less, this frees up money every month to spend on things you want. It is not just the lower mortgage payment that will save you money, in any case. There is about a $200/month difference for our electric bill from a 900 square foot home to a 3000 square foot home. That adds up to major savings over the years that you will spend in your home.
Just as important as having extra money to spend every month is knowing that you live below your means. Living below your means gives you peace of mind if you have a major financial setback like being unable to work, losing a job, or having a serious medical problem.
Easier to Clean
Cleaning 900 square feet is less work than 3000 square feet. Cleaning the 900 square foot townhouse took about two hours. Cleaning the 3000 square foot home took about five hours. The benefits of living in a small house equate to less cleaning!
When you are cleaning your house every week, that is a pretty significant timesaving. A large house encourages you to have more “stuff” in it, which is more “stuff” that needs to be cleaned and cared for. You can save more time by purchasing a smaller house and using the time saved for more value-added activities.
A Smaller Home Can Help Build Relationships
When you live in a small space together, you learn to work around each other and diffuse problems before they happen. In the 3,000 square foot house, it is common for husbands to play Xbox downstairs and moms to watch movies or fold laundry upstairs. In a small house, everyone spends time in the living room because that is the only option. It makes the family members closer to each other since they spend more time together. Family members tend to choose activities that would involve everyone, like game nights and popcorn parties instead of individual activities.
A smaller house encourages you to live more simply
Believe it or not, one of the biggest benefits of living in a small house is you have less space, so you will choose wisely what deserves a spot in it. Think about the things that you use every single day. Now add in a few hobbies that you frequently do. Those are the things you need to have space for in your home. Everything else is clutter.
Easier to Customize
It can be really expensive to furnish when you live in a 3,000 square foot home with vaulted ceilings, two living rooms, and four bedrooms. It can be even more expensive to decorate! Without a large amount of expendable income, it is hard to create the warm and inviting home you dream of.
When you live in a smaller house, though, having your space set up and decorated exactly how you want it is pretty easy! You can paint it yourself and start small, grabbing quality items made to last and upgrading things slowly over time. After some time, you will have a magazine-worthy house that you will be proud of at a fraction of the cost of a larger home.
Multifunctional Furniture for your Living Room
Coffee tables do much more than give you a spot to sip beverages while you relax. They act as a design focal point for your living room, too. The tabletop serves as a wonderful blank slate for you to show off your favorite home decor items.
If you want to save space, you can opt for a coffee table with shelving or storage space, like this Benzara Coffee Table in Brown. Depending on the height and material of your coffee table, it also makes an excellent drawing or writing surface for children.
Side tables are another piece of versatile double-duty furniture. Not only can they be used in a small living room as a coffee table replacement, but you can also use them as a plant stand or nightstand. Smaller options like this glass-top accent table can also serve as a snack table or laptop stand. You can take inspiration with this Temahome Gleam 20x20 Glass Side Table in White Glass Top and Chrome Legs.
Opting for end tables on either end of the sofa creates more floor space in the middle of the living room. Smaller tables are a good choice if you like to rearrange your furniture without being tied into a layout that uses a larger coffee table as a central focal point.
Modular sofas with storage solutions are a wonderful space saver in your living room. They are also key if you like to customize and rearrange your furniture layout. A great example is this Nuevo Living Parla Twilight Fabric Modular Sofa in Twilight.
A modular sofa can work well in moderately small spaces. Modular sofas typically come with a chaise or chair that can be removed or switched around. There are also choices with hidden storage that looks like a standard sofa but has removable cushions to reveal a clever storage solution.
If you do not want a typical sofa bed, a modular option may expand into something larger and more comfortable for sleeping.
Storage ottomans are useful in almost every room of the house. They are a classic option for a footrest and coffee table combination, but they also work as a bench in an entryway.
Placing an ottoman at the foot of your bed provides more storage space in your bedroom without taking up too much real estate. They can also work as a part of a modular sofa or sectional in the living room.
Finally, the right storage ottoman is an attractive way to add more storage space to your dining room. You can use it in place of dining chairs and push it under the table when not in use.
Multifunctional Furniture for your Kitchen
Dining tables go beyond the dining room. While you may want an adjustable table that expands with a drop leaf, your dining area can have more pieces of multifunctional furniture than that.
For example, a dining set can be split among different rooms of your home to give you more seating options. If you have a smaller family, you can use a few chairs necessary for daily activities at the dining table and use the others for workspaces or other seating areas.
When you need a DIY approach to a home office space, dining tables are a lifesaver. If space allows, smaller dining tables like this New Pacific Paddington Round Dining Table make excellent writing desks.
You may also need your table to act as a makeshift workspace that you clear off at the end of the day. If this is the case, make sure your dining table is comfortable and made from a durable material like wood or metal.
Multifunctional Furniture for the Bedroom
Bookshelves are not just for books. They are workhorses in the multifunctional furniture category. The right piece like this Acme Furniture Cargo Shelf Rack and Book Shelf in White can even be turned sideways and used as a TV stand.
Shelving is a great way to display your favorite pictures or home décor. You can consider a multifunctional convertible TV console and bookcase. Shelving usage also extends well past a home office. For example, they make a great shoe rack in a bedroom, closet, or entryway.
If you are using a shelving unit in your workspace, they are indispensable organization tools. A bookshelf is a great alternative to an old-school filing cabinet, especially if you spruce it up with some stylish accents.
Wall-mounted shelving saves space in bedrooms and living areas. Not only can you use shelves for your books, but they are also the perfect alternative for a nightstand in small bedrooms. They can also work as storage for clothing if you lack closet space. A great example of a wall-mounted shelf is this Temahome Bern 90 Wall Shelf in Black and Plywood.
Daybeds or Futons
If you frequently have overnight guests, a daybed or futon is a multifunctional piece of furniture that should be at the top of your list. A great example is this Benzara Microfiber Futon Sofa with Chrome Legs in Brown.
Futons are ideal for smaller spaces (be it a living room or bedroom) that do not have the square footage for a traditional sofa bed. They offer a slimmer profile while still giving guests a comfortable place to sleep.
Another convertible sofa replacement is a daybed. While this is a great multifunctional furniture choice for a bedroom, you can also use them in a living space or even a sunroom for a unique decorating approach. They can be styled just like a sofa for day use but will provide a place to sleep for guests.
Bunk Bed or Murphy Beds
Another great way to save space in the bedroom is a bunk bed. This option is perfect for kids who visit and features two levels of sleeping space, typically in twin size. Another great option is Murphy beds, hidden in the wall and pull down to form a comfortable bed at the end of the day. They are a great choice for anyone who needs the extra room during the daytime but still needs to offer their guests a comfortable place to sleep for the night. When the next day arrives, push the Murphy bed back against the wall to open up the room.
Multifunctional Furniture for the Bathroom
Over-the-toilet or behind the toilet storage
Creating space above your toilet is a great way to save space, especially if your bathroom is not that big. If you have a bit more wall space, you can use floating shelves as these are ideal for storing containers and hanging towels all in one unit. The pieces are typically sold separately, so you can design them around your space, giving you tons of options for hanging, folding, and storage.
Using your walls to add more storage is a fun, functional way to create space where there may not have been before. Plus, you can add and remove depending on your needs and how they change over time (especially in children’s bathrooms).
If floor space is not a problem, you can use cabinets for your bathroom. This comes in handy if you need to store items like medications or other personal effects out of the reach of small kids. You can stack hand towels, washcloths, and other items and close the doors if things get messy.
Investing in multifunctional furniture is always a good idea, especially if you have a small home. There are plenty of creative ways to maximize storage space through multifunctional furniture so that your home can look clean and tidy, even if it is small and cozy!