Long gone are the times when homes had large open spaces. Nowadays, it’s hard enough to get walk-in closets in some of the new apartments or houses. This, in turn, generates the need for furniture pieces to not only serve their original purpose, but do much more.
Dual use furniture doesn’t have to be something purchased at a high price (though, you can sure find that) it can also be repurposed pieces that work to fit your specific needs.
Here are some ideas to help you get creative.
Make it Your Own
We’ve all seen furniture with “some assembly required” and with those comes some frustration when the manual is not clear (or lacks actual words). But it also comes with the power to change things up however you like.
According to author of Living Aboard Your RV, Janet Groene, you can get extremely creative when it comes to assembling furniture and even mix and match different parts to make one specific piece. How unique!
“Craft a long set of legs for kitchen chairs to turn them into bar stools for the summer season… Create a second pedestal for the kitchen table to turn it into a coffee table or arrange throw pillows on the futon and it becomes a love seat as well as a sofa and a convertible bed,” are just a few ideas suggested by Groene.
The point is that we take control of the spaces inside our homes to make the most of them.
Trends are Coming Back
It was a very popular furniture piece a few decades back, and some may argue that it remains popular in some other parts of the world. The furniture in question is the wall bed and it seems to be making a come back.
The wall bed is part of a growing trend to downsize because it’s a convenient way to transform spaces inside a home.
According to Groene, the wall bed can also be used for different purposes.
“Use it as part of a study when a comfortable nap will aid inspiration. When used inside a studio apartment, the wall bed can provide the illusion of additional space or if you like the minimalistic look, this wall unit is gaining increasing traction with designers who are crafting spaces with a smaller footprint,” says Groene.
Plan your storage space carefully
When it comes to fitting things in small spaces, storage is crucial. Ottomans, coffee tables and benches with hidden storage are great alternatives when you don’t have a lot of room. And the extra benefit is that they allow you to access your things quickly.
You can place blankets, remote controls, coasters or children’s toys inside these pieces to clean up a space.
Some ottomans open and often they have a lid that flips up to serve as a sturdy tray. Use this tray to set your favorite drinks on top when you’re entertaining, and when you’re done, flip it over and close the ottoman. If your ottoman doesn’t have a firm side to it, grab a tray and make that a statement piece that works for you and makes the room look great.
Multi-functional furniture is great no matter what kind of home you live in. Depending on your space, you can turn it into almost anything you need.
Remember, don’t limit your options. Get creative and define what you need depending on your space. Dual use furniture is the way to go by helping you stay organized, fill specific spaces and suit your unique needs.