With the global movement to stay at home becoming more popular, people are also looking at how they can maximise their home space, and by doing so they are trading square metres for multi-functional furniture. Multi-functional furniture has to fulfil multiple purposes while being space friendly. Here are some of the most innovative and most enduring pieces of multi-functional furniture, which we believe will continue to redefine how we use our homes.
Spot Multifunctional Sofa
This amazing piece of furniture (if you can call it that) is designed to be able to do many things. First and foremost, it is a spacious and comfortable sofa – ideal for lazy days spent binge watching Netflix. Need to make space for movie night at your place – no problem! The beauty of this piece is that its design allows you to change its configuration by adding your preferred number of sofa arms, or changing the length of the back rest. This also means that you can change the configuration of the sofa to suit the layout of your space. The sofa’s add-on accessories are where you’ll see its true functional genius – a desk can be added on to the sofa’s backrest – perfect for working from home while using your smart TV for interactive presentations and Zoom calls. This desk also doubles as a sideboard. The arms of the sofa and the shelf can be used for smaller personal effects while the wooden slide box has 2 lids and a sliding tray to make accessing whatever is in there, easy. This also provides great storage and functions as a side table complete with 2 sockets for recharging your devices.
You need to see it to believe it: https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=59653
Yosegi Multifunctional Stool
This stool (although it’s much more than that) uses the Japanese Shinto Kumiki puzzle technique as its inspiration. What essentially looks like a small angular carved wooden cylinder is really a cool puzzle. In its composite form it makes a small table or a footrest. The stool has an interlocking design which means when unpuzzled it creates a companion stool. It is a beautifully crafted piece of furniture, have a look here: https://competition.adesignaward.com/design.php?ID=68012
The couch armrest table and tablet stand
This piece of ‘furniture’ is small, lightweight, easy to store and easy to use. Made of wood or hard materials, when laid over a sofa armrest it creates a sturdy surface for a coffee cup, mobile phone, book, or tablet. The true appeal of this innovation lies in the simplicity of its timeless design -it really makes you wish you’d thought of it first. It’s one of those things that will stand the test of time; you can take it anywhere and it will fit any sofa arm.
The sleeper sofa
Most of us know what a sleeper sofa (or sleeper couch) is, and we can all agree that they’re not known for being good looking pieces of furniture! Their beauty is not in how the look but rather in what they do – sofa one minute and bed the next- they can transform a space in an instant! Fortunately, in these modern times there are some really cool looking sleeper sofas out there, google the Cortesi Convertible Chair Bed and you’ll see what we mean.
The extendable dining table
Another timeless design that has had several iterations whether they be custom-made or the famous Ikea flatpack version. This dining table works on a basic principle of a tabletop surface made up of 3 pieces. 2 of the 3 pieces flank the middle piece while being able to fold into or under the middle pieced. You can turn a table for 4 into a table for more depending on the size of your extendable table. We really love this piece and think it is ideal for smaller homes looking to create a dedicated ‘dining’ area without taking up much room.
Murphy beds and mirror-desks
Anything that folds up into or onto a wall is a winner when it comes to saving space. One of the oldest versions of this is the Murphy bed. With hinges on its top side, the bed can be pulled down or pushed up on the vertical plane to be stored inside a cavity in the wall. This is the perfect piece of furniture for a studio apartment, and they are making a big comeback. Other nifty ideas include a mirror which can be folded up against a wall for primary use and then when folded open and down, can be used as a table surface or desk.
Multi-functional furniture is what creates multi-functional spaces. Bedrooms can become home offices, and sofas can go from communal spaces to extra sleeping space for relatives or friends. If you’re wanting to create your ideal home space, or perhaps set your unit up to command the best Airbnb rates for your area, then why not get in touch with the Union 3 team – they’ll take care of your needs and create a space that is on-trend and suited to your budget.