Making the most of the space you have in your home can take a little ingenuity and thinking outside of the box. However, if you get it right, you can ensure you don’t waste a single inch of space! Here are a few tips to help you create the perfect multi-purpose living area for your home.
Get in the ‘Zone’
When designing a multi-purpose living area, take a moment to consider the ‘zoning’ of the room, or how to divide it into functional spaces. Nowadays, open-plan homes are greatly valued by homebuyers because they are so versatile, and because the lack of internal walls gives you more room to play with — quite literally. It’s important to designate each area in your multi-purpose room to create flow. This can be done by strategically placing furniture such as sofas, tables and chairs, using space dividers, or even just using a slightly different color scheme to tell the two areas apart.
Use Multi-Purpose Furniture
It goes without saying that your multi-purpose living space should have the furniture to match. For example, extendable sofas can help transform a study or an office into a temporary bedroom. Modular furniture is another excellent way to help your room transform in an instant, especially if you go for items such as stackable cabinets that double-up as chairs, or extend to become tables. The possibilities are endless!
The beauty of creating multi-purpose areas is that they can accommodate even the smallest home. Nooks are the best way of making the most of low-use spaces in your home, and you might be surprised at how easy it is to find room for them. Using modular or folding furniture, you can temporarily convert an unused corner of your home into a miniature work-from-home office, a study nook for the kids, a breakfast nook, or even just a cozy reading nook you can retreat to when the mood takes you.
Build a Combo
In order to make the most of the space you have, a multi-purpose room should serve at least two functions, ideally something that complements the other. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some of our top picks:
Kitchen / Living Room
This combo is a modern classic and, given the fact that many homes are open-plan, it’s quite easy to implement. You can even extend it further to act as a triple combo of kitchen, dining and living room. Using a bar is an excellent way to designate the function of each space, and this will also allow you to socialize with the guests while getting the meal on the way.
Bedroom / Office
With work-from-home becoming a staple for many households this year, the bedroom/office combo is also likely to become a staple for future modern homes. Whether you’re using a main bedroom or a guest bedroom for the job, it’s important to not lose any of the living space, but also make the ‘office’ section distinct enough so that the bed is not too tempting. A great way to achieve this is to install a Murphy bed, which can be pulled up to instantly create room for a folding desk and chair.
Mudroom / Laundry Room
Both of these rooms are quickly becoming sought-after features that add great value to your home. And given the fact that they both require access to plumbing and waterproof flooring, it’s easy to combine them. Tile flooring also makes them easy to keep clean, and you can even install a miniature shower enclosure for washing the mud of your or your pet’s feet after a walk.
Laundry Room / Storage Unit
Another excellent combo fit for the 21st century home, a laundry room / storage unit is perfect if you have a basement that needs to be turned into a functional space. Having the dryer and washing machine side by side makes it easier to keep on top of household tasks, and you can install shelves and cabinets along the walls to store items that you might not need on a day-to-day basis.
Playroom / Guest Room / Entertainment Area
This triple combo works best if you have a spacious living room that is not yet being used to its full potential. Installing a home cinema system is a great way to keep everyone entertained, and adding a modular sofa and coffee table, you’ve also created a hangout spot for the guests.
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