Interiors Feature: Multifunctional furniture which will improve your home

Posted on Jan 16 2019 - 9:00am by Claire Herbaux
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New year, new home. Or maybe you just want to restructure your home with a new coat of paint and some new furniture.

The way forward is to look for multifunctional furniture. Except for the basics such as a TV and sofas for the living room and your white goods, which you use very regularly, you should probably be looking for furniture you can use more than one way.

Multifunctional furniture gives you more space; Space to put your things, space to move around, space to invite people over.
Can you fold your desk or kitchen table away? Your room will appear much bigger. Companies such as Resource Furniture have online showrooms which may give you a few ideas.

This Viva Home dining table extends to the size you need it
This Viva Home dining table extends to the size you need it

Storage
Interior design is ALL about storage! When is the last time you heard someone say they had too much space to keep all their belongings?
Every corner and every piece of furniture is an opportunity for storage – big or small.
You can fit drawers below beds or sofas of course, but also use them as pillars for a desk or for a kitchen table.
Rather than having a coffee table, choose a small chest of drawers or a table with drawers below.
Your kitchen table or island can be a trolley with drawers or a bottle holder for your favourite wines.

Look for butterfly tables, which extend when necessary and otherwise the table and chair fold together, like this one by Seconique
Look for butterfly tables, which extend when necessary and otherwise the table and chair fold together, like this one by Seconique

Extra beds
Whether you have visitors staying over every few weeks, every few months or for the holidays, you will need beds. But beds are tricky to store the rest of the time, and the more temporary the beds are, the more uncomfortable.
So why not opt for a bed which you can use all year round?
There are plenty of sofa beds, but also beds which fold upwards into a wardrobe. Alternatively, use beds with storage below or even stackable beds so you can store twin beds in the space of one bed.

This IKEA Hemnes day bed is a good alternative to a guest bed, which also doubles as storage and triples as a sofa
This IKEA Hemnes day bed is a good alternative to a guest bed, which also doubles as storage and triples as a sofa

Extra seating
Your friends and family need to sit, it’s only polite, but on a daily basis, you only need two to four seats in the kitchen and living room. So how to keep the other ones? Almost anything can make extra seating.

This decorative step ladder turns into a chair when needed and is available on Amazon
This decorative step ladder turns into a chair when needed and is available on Amazon


Keep a bench tucked below the kitchen table which you can pull out. You can also opt for stools, which slide completely below the table or breakfast bar when not used.
In the living room, add a footstool you can use as a seat when needed, or have an ottoman. (You can also find an ottoman with storage inside.)
Alternatively, you could have a storage bench with wicker baskets, giving you both storage and a few extra seats when needed.

This John Lewis ottoman would make a perfect seat and large storage option
This John Lewis ottoman would make a perfect seat and large storage option

In the bedroom, find a laundry basket which has a lid and seat so your friends can sit when you are busy getting ready for a party.
In the kitchen and dining room, find a table with possible extensions so you can then fit more chairs around.

Keeping things tidy
You don’t need to change all the big furniture. Small things can be multifunctional and make your life a little easier and tidier.
If you remember the plastic cabinets with mirrors in the bathroom from the 80s, then consider getting one. Of course, they are a little more modern now, but it means you can keep your toiletries right behind the mirror.
In your room, you can get a small mirror with a box attached for your jewellery.


Look at your shoe rack. Can you replace it by a coat rack with a shoe rack at the bottom? Or can you keep them in a small chest of drawers and add a flat surface for a keys bowl?
You can also make decoration into storage, such as using a vintage suitcase or beautiful matching storage boxes.

In your bathroom, bedroom or even at the entrance, use this mirror as storage for toiletries, jewellery or your keys to grab them on the way out (Marcella, Wayfair)
In your bathroom, bedroom or even at the entrance, use this mirror as storage for toiletries, jewellery or your keys to grab them on the way out (Marcella, Wayfair)

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