How to Create Multipurpose Rooms In Your Home
Time for a strong opinion: If your room accomplishes only one purpose, it's not working hard enough for you. By designing a room with multiple functions, you can save on square footage and make your home feel more spacious at the same time. Here's the secret: Choose furniture that can be easily reconfigured, such as a futon or a fold-down table, to make the room adaptable to different activities. And when you have built-in storage, it's easy to switch between functions. With a bit of creativity and careful planning, you can turn any room in your home into a versatile and functional space that is perfect for work, play, and everything in between. Ahead, a few ideas on how to make it happen.
Novogratz Brittany Futon
Who needs a guest room when you can transform any space with this Novogratz Brittany Futon ($381)? By day, it's a comfy seating option with tufted linen upholstery and a sturdy wooden frame. At night, it converts into a full-size bed for visiting guests. The best part? It's available in multiple colors, so you'll be able to find an option that suits your spot.
Open Spaces Entryway Rack
This Open Spaces Entryway Rack ($184) works well as a drop-zone situation, but we love how it can transform any room into a crafting nook. Just pack your yarn/paint/decoupage supplies in bins (as pictured) and you'll have them within easy reach — all without looking cluttered or eating up a lot of floor space.
Horatio Home Office Desk
Don't have a separate home office space? No problem! This Horatio Home Office Desk ($200) is compact enough to fit in smaller spaces like entryways and bedrooms, but its drawers are roomy enough to hold papers, pens, and all of the other random stuff you need to get things done.
House of Leon Valley Side Table
Geometric angles and multiple tiers make this House of Leon Valley Side Table ($690) an ideal marriage of form and function. The built-in magazine rack allows you to create a tidy and beautiful book nook anywhere — even if you, like most of us, don't have space for a separate library.
Not many shelves can accurately be called iconic, but String Shelving (prices vary by design) has stayed in style for decades. This modular system can be set up any way you like, but we especially love how the desk and drawer attachments transform a blank wall into a space-conscious home office.
Muji Oak Compartment Shelf
The brilliant thing about this Muji Oak Compartment Shelf ($399) is its versatility. You can use them as display shelves, a room divider, a bookshelf — the opportunities are endless. Another plus is the wood construction, which is a touch more graceful than the version we've all seen at a other big-box stores. The only downside: it's available only in New York, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
Balintmore Over Ottoman Table
If you don't have a ton of square footage, nesting furniture can allow you to maximize every last inch. This Balintmore Over Ottoman Table ($380), for instance, can fit over an ottoman to create a coffee table — or you can prop your feet up on an ottoman and pull the table where you need it. (Yep, it's equipped with side wheels.) So whether you're binging Netflix or gathering friends around for a party, you'll be able to max out the space and minimize the setup when you're done.
Scarlett Rattan Room Divider Screen
Instead of having a bunch of exercise gear hanging out in the open, tuck it away behind a vintage-style screen. This Scarlett Rattan Room Divider Screen ($498) is big enough to keep weights, yoga mats, or even an exercise bike neatly concealed.