Whether you have limited room or just want a spacious, uncluttered home, multi-functional furniture is a great way to maximize your space. It can also save you money if you have young children, as many furniture pieces are designed to grow with your child, saving you from buying new furniture as each new stage hits. See below for our favorite pieces of multi-functional furniture.
While not the most exciting piece of furniture, the shelf lamp is both attractive and useful. Not only will it light your room, but you can also place books and decorative items on the shelves. A shelf lamp blends in with your décor, providing both fashion and function. Try this black shelf lamp from Amazon, which seamlessly blends in with most design schemes.
Mag tables can do more than house magazines. Consider using one for breakfast in bed or as a kid’s coloring table, or flip one on its side for use as a laptop stand. The understated design of this elegantly curved Offi Mag Table will complement a mid-century or modern décor.
Convertible Sofa Beds
Sleeper sofas with pullout mattresses have been around for a long time, and continue to be a great option for overnight guests. Many of the most recent models feature foam mattresses, so you don’t have to worry about springs poking into your guests’ backs all night.
A more recent addition to the world of sofa beds are low-profile convertible sofa beds. There are either flat sofas that have movable backrests or sofas that have backrests that simply fold down. Try this chic, all-white convertible sofa option, or even this fun mustard-yellow futon (they’re not just for college dorms anymore!)
Lift-Top Coffee Tables
If you’ve ever eaten a snack or a meal on your coffee table, you know how awkward the height is. You have to choose between leaning uncomfortably low to eat or bringing your fork a dangerous distance to your mouth. These lift-top tables allow you to adjust the height so you can more easily eat or work on them. Some even offer additional hidden storage as well.
William Lawrence Murphy applied for his first bed patents around 1900, so Murphy beds are nothing new. But the design has definitely evolved! Now, when you pop that bed into its wall frame, you are left another piece of furniture for daytime use. Desks and tables are the most popular options, and we love this wall bed with built-in desk and this cabinet bed.
My son absolutely loves his bed. He climbs a ladder to get to it, plus it has a desk with drawers, a shelf, dresser drawers, a large storage/crawl space, plus a trundle bed. It is about as all-in-one as you can get! It looks similar to this Discovery World bed on Amazon, and it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made.
There are many varieties of loft beds. This wooden trundle bunk bed can sleep up to three kiddos – and comes in white, too, to match whatever décor your kids’ room features. Only have one child per room? This lofted bed offers a lofted bed experience while providing ample storage underneath. For a less bulky option, consider simple loft beds with a built-in desk or the fun version with a playhouse underneath.
For the even younger crowd, there are convertible cribs that can be converted into toddler beds and then into full beds later on. These convenient and clever beds are real money-savers! Try this Graco 4-in-1 crib that goes from crib to toddler bed, then to a daybed, and finally a full-sized bed.
These space savers provide utility without compromising style, and designers are coming up with new and clever multi-functional furniture all the time. This is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to multi-functional furniture for your home. Have fun exploring as you decorate your home!
For the last 16 years, Rachel Kinbar has been a writer of articles, blog posts, white papers, essays, infographics, web copy, sales copy, scripts, poetry, lyrics, and more. She has keen research skills that she applies to a wide variety of topics, and she especially loves topics related to design, history, and sustainable living.