It’s official: modern homes are smaller than ever. With research showing that the average new-build home has less space than homes built in the 1930s, now is the time to get clued up on small-space living. Luckily, space-saving furniture isn’t hard to source; from sofa beds to office desks, you can find solutions for the smallest of spaces.

We’re here to help you pick the very best multi-use furniture available so you can transform cramped, cluttered rooms into a practical, sleek haven. Interested? Read on for our top tips on small-space living.

Creating multi-use rooms

Savio 4 door sideboard
Savio 4 door sideboard

With living space at a premium in modern houses, multi-purpose rooms are a must. Creating multi-use spaces is key to unlocking the full potential of your home and can make daily life so much easier.

Our suggestion: before spending your hard-earned money, walk through your home with a pair of fresh eyes and look out for any spaces that aren’t being used to their fullest.

Corners are a huge culprit when it comes to wasted space. Every room has them (unless you live in a converted lighthouse) but they often go ignored, making them the perfect place to start. From angled desks to space-saving storage furniture, corners are packed with potential.

Cattelan Italia QWERTY desk
Cattelan Italia QWERTY desk

Then there’s layout. Getting the layout right is crucial in maximising the effects of space-efficient furniture, and a well-planned layout can really open up your room. Choosing the right wall coverings and floorings play a crucial role in creating clever layouts in multi-use spaces.

It’s all about ‘zoning’ – the art of using multiple colours and floor coverings in one space, to create separation where there are no physical walls. Free-standing shelving can be used to create distinct areas in living spaces while also doubling up as storage.

Investing in space-saving furniture

Limoges desk
Limoges small desk

Tapping into your home’s potential is just the start. Now it’s time to explore the many space-saving furniture ideas on offer. From space-saving dining tables to space-efficient beds, there’s a solution available for every spatially-challenged home!

Let’s start with our favourite multi-use living room ideas. As we know, corners are key. This is especially true in living rooms, where space-saving home office furniture such as a corner desk, can help to create a subtle and seamless office area. Bonus points if you opt for built-in drawers and shelving!

Lucy guest stacker bed
Lucy guest stacker bed

Space-saving beds for small rooms are another great way to maximise space. Single ‘stacker’ style beds work particularly well in small spaces, pulling out to form a double at night and stowing away neatly to free up extra floor space if you need it during the day.

Dining together is a core aspect of family life yet fitting a dining table into your home can be a real challenge. Space-saving table sets come into their own here. Assess your living and kitchen space, then research the various options on offer. Folding dining room table space savers are ideal for smaller kitchens and living areas, while extending dining tables work well for larger families and traditional Sunday get-togethers.

Antibes extending dining table
Antibes extending dining table

Unifying the style

You’ve identified wasted space around your home and invested in smart, space-saving furniture. The next step is to unify your multi-purpose home, making sure the layouts flow seamlessly from room to room. Multi-use rooms require thought and attention to detail in order to achieve harmony and balance throughout your home.

Think carefully about the styles you incorporate together within one room. Colour schemes and aesthetics should be cohesive. For example, if you opt for modern, space-saving bedroom furniture, offset the look with vintage-inspired light fittings. Go for neutral wall coverings in smaller spaces to reflect light, complemented by vibrant soft furnishings as a sleek style option.

Mia sofa bed
Mia sofa bed

The same rule applies to an office nook positioned inside a larger living space; spruce it up using stylish accessories that complement the room, such as potted plants or soft lighting. These smaller details will help create a cosy, yet functional, space.

Keeping clutter to a minimum is a must for creating a harmonious feel in your home. Smart storage solutions such as wall hooks and stackable crates also double up as decorative features – perfect for multi-use rooms!

Ikon display cabinet
Ikon display cabinet

Finally, think of your home as a whole before choosing colour schemes and styles. A coherent theme running throughout your home will help banish invisible boundaries, creating the appearance of more room while doubling up as functional, multi-purpose spaces.

Start making the most of your space

Homes may be shrinking each year, but the abundance of clever, space-saving furniture makes it easy to transform a small space into a practical paradise. By following our handy guide, you’ll soon be enjoying the benefits of multi-use living in all its glory.

If you’re keen to put those empty corners and unused spaces to work in your home, pop in store today. Our friendly team is on hand and happy to help you make the right choices for your home.

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