When space is tight in the home, and when you happen to be on a budget, a living space that can be adapted for multiple uses is the perfect solution. A room in the home can be designed to include portable and multi-purpose furniture, as well as extra room for temporary additions, making a room’s transition from one form to another seamless. Versatile living spaces work especially well in studio-style apartments because these types of apartments often feature a dining area, sleeping area, and living area all in the same room. Here are some tips to designing a room in such a way that it can serve a myriad of purposes.
Consider what can be stowed when not in use
What are the things in your home that you like to have around but don’t necessarily use every day? A workstation, for example, might only be an infrequent need and might thus work best as a surface that can be folded up into a cabinet when not in use. Or, a beverage cart might feature a fold-up leaf that can make it double as a small table as needed.
Opt for convertible furniture
Furniture items that can be altered to fulfill different functions are central to any multi-purpose living space. A sofa bed, for example, makes any living room double as a bedroom. High-quality sofa beds are typically very easy to adjust, with one simple click turning a sofa into a comfortable, flat surface fit for sleeping. Fold-out tables are another common convertible furniture option. Some tables are designed with leaves that fold down completely when not in use, meaning one can serve as a small accent table when not in use and then be moved into a central location with its leaves extended to serve as dining table space. Other convertible tables come with extra leaves that can fit into a table when it is pulled apart, making the table larger when it needs to be. Or, a small stool can double as an end table.
Look for hidden storage
You can never have too much storage, especially in a small living space. When purchasing furniture items, be sure to look for hidden storage features such as pull-out drawers at the base of a bed, a hidden cabinet that serves as the base of a dining room table, and open space underneath the fold-up cushion of an ottoman. These features will answer to the inconveniences of a small living area and can also eliminate the need to buy extra furniture items like a bookshelf or dresser.
Consider other room-transforming features
In addition to furniture, other items can be used to quickly and easily transform a space. A floor-to-ceiling moveable wall, for example, can remain tucked away to maintain an open floor plan and then pulled out as need to create, say, a private sleeping area.