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Multifunctional furniture for small areas

Especially in cities, space is becoming a cost factor. Living on just a few square metres, but also the short-term use of scarce office space requires practical and space-saving furniture that, in the best case, masters several tasks at once.

Aug 30 2021

Office space is often used on a project-by-project basis and demands multifunctionality, affordable housing is scarce and more expensive. More and more people are living in small flats for cost reasons. Reducing their furnishings to a few pieces of furniture and objects is a special kind of luxury for some in the digital age. 

This makes a functional interior and well thought-out solutions all the more necessary. In small flats, the furniture itself often defines the living zones. Areas for sleeping, cooking or lounging merge seamlessly into one another and storage space must also be planned. 

Multifunctional furnishings that take up little space make comfortable living in small spaces possible. These include flexible pieces of furniture such as recliners, seating with storage space, containers on castors or beds with drawers. 

In the compact office, a height-adjustable desk can become a sofa in no time at all. Folding tables and wall shelves in which you can store a lot help to keep floor space free and make the best use of the available space. 

Lugano bench by BoConcept (Design: Morten Georgsen) 

Seat with storage space: Lugano is a slim, elegant bench made of chipboard with white melamine coating, which stands on legs made of brushed steel. You can sit on it comfortably in the hallway or bedroom to put on socks and shoes. Its seat can be folded up with the help of a leather loop. Inside the bench is plenty of space for clothes or small items. A pad made of light grey wool felt makes sitting even more comfortable. 

Lugano bench, practical seating and storage space © BoConcept

Plug & Light in the Scope Sofa by Cor (Design Sofa: Uwe Fischer) 

Upholstered furniture and light in one: Cor is the first furniture manufacturer to integrate the innovative Plug & Light lighting system into a piece of seating furniture. A special light socket with a frame is integrated into the high backrest of the Scope sofa. A Plug & Light LED spotlight is docked onto it or replaced with a magnet. The flexible and dimmable lighting is immediately ready for use for mobile, comfortable work on the sofa. The system was developed by Insta, a subsidiary of the manufacturers Jung and Gira specialising in electronic components, both of which contribute matching switch frames.

Scope Sofa by Cor, equipped with Plug & Light spotlights © COR

Hack by Vitra (design: Konstantin Grcic) 

A versatile box: The look made of OSB boards speaks of activity, versatility and a certain provisionality. If you equip your office with Hack, you get a hinged case that can accommodate either a mechanically height-adjustable desk or a sofa with seat and back cushions. If the space is needed for other purposes, the box can be folded up and placed flat against the side. A steel structure and aluminium corner connectors ensure solidity. 

Maude by Müller Small Living (Design: Michael Mettler) 

Lounging while lying down: At both ends of the Maude bed are practical shelves and useful storage space in the form of a box. Optionally, upholstered backrests can be flexibly inserted into the boxes. So you can comfortably have breakfast in bed, work on your laptop, talk or read. Maude is made of white CPL or black HPL in various lengths and widths. For the covers of the backrests, there is a choice of fabrics and colours from the extensive collection of Müller Small Living.

Maude bed with upholstered backrests and box module © Müller Small Living

Mya by Burgbad (Design: Altherr Désile Park) 

One system for all living zones: Burgbad has developed its homely Mya bathroom furniture series into a range for the entire home. This means that the furnishing can be continued in a uniform design in other rooms, starting from the bathroom. Mya is based on the combination of rounded wooden bars with shelves, storage units and boxes made of wood or metal. The natural look is emphasised by bench cushions and leather accessories. The range includes lowboards that become a bench with a leather overlay as well as half-height sideboards and a taller, narrow shelf with drawers.

Mya, for uniform design of bathroom and living areas © Burgbad

Travel Studio by Ligne Roset (Design: Pagnon & Pelhaître) 

Mobile bed with drawer: Travel Studio is an innovative single bed on lockable castors, all in white, available in two widths. A drawer accommodates either the bed base or a fold-out extra bed. Frame and sides are made of ribbed laminate, the top edge is smooth. Recessed handles on the front help to move the mobile furniture around the room. The Travel Studio collection includes a matching mobile container as a bedside table, as well as a mattress and slatted frame.

Travel Studio, comfortable bed with integrated drawer © Ligne Roset

Media shelf by String Furniture (Design Shelf System: Nisse Strinning)  

Shelf with many functions: Wall space can also be used multifunctionally to save space in the room. A good example of this is the String Shelving System. With the new media shelf made of lacquered MDF, String Furniture presents a clever extension to accommodate electronic devices with cables in the 58 cm wide and around 50 cm deep shelves. In this way, a laptop, screen, music system, speakers or charging station can be harmoniously integrated into the design classic. In addition to using the element as a compact desk, it serves, for example, as a practical storage unit or modern minibar. In addition, there are closed modules for the String system, such as the new cabinet corner with revolving door.

String media shelf for electronic devices with cable © String Furniture

Bed for Living, stool by SwissPlus (Design: SwissPlus) 

Upholstered stool with inner life: The Bed for Living stool by the manufacturer SwissPlus is extremely compact. By simply folding down the upper mattress, it becomes a comfortable single bed. The supporting frame is located in a compartment in the lower mattress section and can be pulled out if required. The lightweight functional furniture stands optionally on column feet or runners in various metal versions, which can be configured just like the colour and quality of the fabric. The cover fabric can be removed and washed. If desired, the stool with comfortable upholstered backrests can be transformed into a compact armchair.

Bed for Living stool, extremely compact and comfortable © SwissPlus

Liv by Rolf Benz (Design: Luca Nichetto) 

Individually planable with shelf: the flexible Liv sofa system by Rolf Benz stands for geometric shapes and casual comfort. Seat cushions, sofa backs and side sections can be individually combined and, with appropriate planning, also fit into small rooms. In addition, the sofas have practical shelf modules that can be integrated.  

Space-saving furnishings and well thought-out solutions are increasingly in demand. It is important that the furniture actually does justice to its various tasks, then it can help to make living or working pleasant and comfortable in just a few square metres.

Liv, customisable sofa with integrated shelf © Rolf Benz

Author: Heike Edelmann

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