Interior spaces don't always operate well for more than one use or function, especially if they are not designed with that intention in mind. This is usually not a problem when you work outside the home and your children are at school. Things have drastically changed with the current pandemic. Many people are now working from home and in hundreds of households families are preparing for children to be learning at home full time. The current state of our country is demanding that homes be used in ways they haven't been used for centuries. Investing in permanent solutions for quick and ever evolving changes seems unreasonable. People are scrambling to make temporary changes that are essential for families to function in the coming months.There are multiple ways to adapt your current spaces so that they create multifunctional spaces.
One of the best ways to achieve a multifunctional space is through furniture placement. Creating zones with furniture groupings such as an accent chair, side table, and lamp is a great example. This creates a space within a space without building walls.
Another layer of multi-functionality, would be to use multipurpose furniture. Often times when people try and make a space multi-functional they end up overcrowding the space with too much furniture or pieces that are too large. Multi-functional spaces do not always have to look like they are being used for more than one purpose. Through the use of multi-functional furniture, you can transform spaces whenever needed and tuck everything away when you are done. Although this involves purchasing specific furniture, there are several cost effective options that can make a huge difference. For example, you could use a daybed in a spare room that would dually function as a sofa for an office in the day or a bed for a guest room by night. There are also great options on the market for mirrors that double as a fold out desk, coffee tables that transform into laptop tables or console tables that can be utilized as eating areas.
The last tip involves noise and clutter control when you have many people utilizing an area at the same time. Keeping the floors clear and using vertical storage options will help keep the space looking open and the vertical storage will help add height visually. Acoustics can tie in by adding fabric and soft materials to help absorb sound. Window treatments and fabric artwork that can be hung on the walls or from the ceiling all play a part.
Using furniture like the ones in the images posted can help minimize the amount of furniture in a space. Using a single furniture piece to carry out multiple tasks can help in creating a minimal look to the space. To find out more tips and tricks in creating multi-functional spaces using furniture and space planning, follow us on Instagram and Facebook as we discuss specific tips this month for all the spaces that you are using.