Only today I was having a conversation with a client
about the size of so much furniture found in furniture stores. There seems to be a proliferation of
oversized sofas, chairs, dining tables etc. Yet the housing stock in most urban
areas is the UK is Victorian or Edwardian, in fact more than 4 million houses in the UK date from before
1919 (BRE report IP9/06).
Many of these have less space than our
modern lives would like us to have.
In compact homes multifunctional pieces of furniture are pretty much essential.
If you are struggling with floor space
and looking for ways to improvise, having multipurpose items can make all the
difference. You can free up floor space by using small-scale
pieces of furniture and it’s also worthwhile considering whether they’ll work
in more than one room of your home. Whilst
being practical can be a bore, furniture that you could use in any room in your
house will have longevity. Although do make sure that they are easy to move!
It’s relatively simple to make the most of your space with versatile furniture, it just takes a little thought and some forward planning. A versatile table can play a host of
roles in a home for example. A decent sized side table can be used as an end table with a
lamp, a workspace when used with a laptop, a bedside table, a dressing table
when a mirror is added or even double up as casual dining (for those TV
dinners). It’s not just somewhere where
you and your guests will put down their drinks.
Equally multifunctional are ottomans. They can be blanket
boxes, coffee tables, a great place to prop your feet up and you can use them
for additional seating. Let alone that they provide oodles and oodles of
I have just selected a great item from
Made.com that I’m planning to use as a side table and a bedside table in my
soon to be swapped over home office, as it’s becoming a guest bedroom. As space
is tight having a table that can double up in its purpose is a must. Mine will
spend time in the living room as well as the guest room where it will move
effortlessly from activity to activity, so being light/easy to move is important.
One night it will have a hastily rushed microwave lasagne atop it, the
following day it will be the perfect destination for my house guests morning
cuppa. It might even become an impromptu
playdoh workstation for my son. I’ll
keep you posted once it’s up and running.