As budgets shrink and living spaces do the same — and, more to the point, as our families grow but our houses don’t — the need for convertible furniture and small space solutions is at an all-time high.
So today, we’ve rounded up a few inspiration points to get you started if you’re in the market for some magic to maximize the space in your home.
First up, there’s the convertible cream leather sofa (above) from Furniture Depot. While traditional sleeper sofas can be heavy, expensive, bulky and frankly, uncomfortable, a convertible sofa offers the best of both worlds; just fold it back using a built-in release and you’ve got yourself a guest bed.
Or perhaps you have a guest bedroom, but it needs to double as an office or workroom of some sort. Many furniture designers are offering a new spin on the Murphy bed, which folds out from the wall; newer iterations convert from a desk into a bed with a flip and a snap. This one in particular by BonBon is cute to boot:
Maybe you need a desk and there’s just not space for one, period. Famed interior designer Nate Berkus says it best: “If you have a small space, hang everything you can on the wall or from the ceiling.” In other words, forget the floor and table lamps and invest in a couple of pendant lights or wall sconces; ditch the free-standing bookcases and hang some well-placed shelves on the wall with reinforcements to keep them in place.
And in the case of a desk, well… just check outÂ thisÂ lifesaver from Southern Enterprises:
If storage is what you’re in dire need of — perhaps you’re lacking in closet space? — consider a loft bed like this one from Callesella, either with a built-in storage system underneath the sleeping area, or just an open space that you can customize any way you’d like with rods, hangers, shelves and storage containers. In a project like this, a little ingenuity goes a long way.
And last but not least, this might not save you a ton of space, but it could certainly save you money: the Graco convertible crib, which reassembles into a toddler bed once the little one’s ready for a mini-graduation from infancy into the waddling years.
They say the best things come in small packages, and while we already know it’s true of our kids, with a little creativity, the same can be said of the places in which we live.
Photo credits: Furniture Fashion