For something so useful, multifunctional furniture often looks boxy and just plain bland. Still, furnishings that offer multiple uses can be super-duper beneficial when decorating your home, especially if you live in a small space or share a place with others.
Amina Ibrahim, the Minneapolis-based creator of Little House on Washburn, says it’s important to be open-minded and creative when shopping for multifunctional furniture. “Think outside the box,” she advises. “Can you use a dresser as a media stand to allow for extra storage? What items can you use as decor to free up some cupboard space — like cake stands, cheese boards, or vases? Think about both/and rather than either/or.”
Multifunctional furniture can also help save money when furnishing your place because it can meet different needs for one price. For pieces that will help streamline your life but won’t make your space look totally drab, check out these stylish finds.
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Ergonomic Adjustable Reading Table
A personal favorite of Shonda Rhimes, this reading table is an affordable way to increase your productivity and comfort as you work from home. The minimalist size means it’s easy to use whether you’re perched in a chair or on the couch. It rises to standing level, which helps to improve posture and reduces the risk of physical problems caused by sitting too much, and can easily be stored out of sight in a closet.
Classic Balance Ball Chair
A proper chair can help maintain posture when spending hours working from home. This balance-ball chair is a favorite of many because it can be used for full-body workouts as well as a makeshift desk chair that can help users maintain their balance and reduce the risk of back and muscle issues.
Murray Wall-Mounted Desk
A wall-mounted desk is an ideal solution for stowing your work space like a tray table on an airplane once you’re off the clock. This dark wood, two-door rendition from Urban Outfitters features just enough space to hide supplies, trinkets, and more. Bonus: The top is an adorable little display shelf.
Multipurpose Kitchen Island Table
When you live in an apartment or single-family house, a lack of countertop and cabinet space is often a problem. If you have enough floor space, this kitchen table from Target can act as your dining table, food-prep station, and storage area for large kitchen items such as small appliances and pots.
Mayfair Wall-Mounted Wine Glass Shelf
Finding room in the cabinets for all your glasses can be a challenge, but this gold shelf with storage underneath for stemware can be a lifesaver for vino lovers. The economical use of space means you can hang your favorite glasses with a spot below for wine bottles or other essentials.
Denice Rolling Kitchen Cart
A smaller alternative to a large kitchen table, this black metal rolling cart packs several different functions into one piece of furniture, offering extra storage space with bars that you can hang utensils or linens on. The space saver would fit right in — literally — in modern farmhouse, rustic, or industrial-style environments.
Greta Recycled Leather XL Sleeper Sofa
Reminiscent of French furniture maker Ligne Roset’s iconic Togo sofa, this far more economical sleeper sofa from Urban Outfitters is compact yet large, and soft enough to offer a good night’s sleep. The way it converts is super-sleek: Unlike a cumbersome convertible, the recycled leather sofa simply folds out until it’s flat.
Industrial Shelf Floor Lamp
Here’s a bright idea: an all-in-one reading light and side table that’s perfect for a corner reading nook or a spot to enjoy a cup of coffee. This industrial-style dark-bronze version from West Elm is equipped with a linen shade and could make for a useful nightstand to place your phone and sleep mask or as an illuminating side table.
Whitewash Carved Wood Zarah Daybed Frame
For those boho or eclectic vibes, this mahogany and mango wood daybed from World Market is both intricate and gorgeous. Made in Indonesia, it’s chic enough to serve as a couch dressed up with colorful pillows during the day and then as a twin-size bed in the evening — either for yourself or a guest.
PB Comfort Roll Arm Sleeper Sofa
With a plethora of customizable fabric options and a classic silhouette, this twin-size armchair sleeper will seamlessly blend into many living spaces. The chair form is an excellent option for those who are uninterested in committing to a convertible couch. The memory-foam gel mattress requires no fluffing, and the gel wicks away body heat.
Unfurl Sofa Bed
Innovation Living created a sleeper sofa that will flawlessly fit into any mid-century modern atmosphere. With cues from classic Danish design, this sofa bed features three positions for sitting, lounging, or sleeping. It comes in three colors — the mustard yellow is the boldest — and can be customized too.
Stratton Storage Platform Bed
Storage beds are a wonderful option for those with limited space in their sleeping quarters. This king-size bed from Pottery Barn sits atop cubbyholes and comes with handy-dandy baskets to stash accessories and other items away from view. You can also forgo the baskets altogether and use the nooks as a striking place to display your beloved books.
Arches Floating Wall Desk
When not in use as a spot to do homework or enjoy snacks, this collapsible desk from KidKraft goes bye-bye, completely freeing up the floor for other activities. The wall-mounted design includes a shelving area with 11 different spots, including an angled slot for paper. The cutouts on the desk leg are the prime place to display pics and art.
Remember hopscotch? This clever sidewalk-inspired rug from Ikea doubles as the beloved children’s game for the kiddos in your life — or for adults who wanna channel their inner kid. The gray 17-square-foot rug absorbs sound, and it’ll help little ones develop balance during playtime.
3-in-1 Learning Step Stool
This advantageous three-in-one piece of kids furniture can be employed as a desk, ladder, and stool. The ladder can help toddlers develop motor skills, while the kitchen stool makes it easier for them to help parents prepare meals at the kitchen countertop — an activity proven to help with bonding and development.
Nylah Burton is a Chicago-based writer. Follow her on Twitter @yumcoconutmilk.
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