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Space-saving setups for small apartments

In these times and its megatrend of mobility, intelligent solutions that fit the flexible lifestyle of consumers are needed: Practical furniture for small rooms that are multifunctional, slender and light. The key is in the details.

Jun 23 2020

The Liv flexible sofa system from Rolf Benz stands for geometric structures and laid-back comfort. Its seat cushions, backrests and side sections can be individually configured. The integrated shelving of the sofas allow a variety of design possibilities.   

The Liv flexible sofa system from Rolf Benz stands for geometric structures and laid-back comfort. Its seat cushions, backrests and side sections can be individually configured. The integrated shelving of the sofas allow a variety of design possibilities.  

Comfortable sofas with integrated shelf: Liv © Rolf Benz

Multifunctional furniture

Modern sofa beds like Recast from Innovation Living follow a proven, space-saving concept: a versatile piece that transforms from relaxing sofa during the day into a comfortable bed in seconds. Conversion is quick and simple thanks to the classic folding mechanism. 

Small apartment dwellers with little room for different types of seating can use innovative multipurpose pieces. Drop stools and benches from Cor are versatile space-saving alternatives for furnishing hallways or open spaces. The upholstered seats are accessible from all sides, and can also be rearranged, moved around and easily stacked. The stool also comes with wheels. Designer Pauline Deltour calls it “cushions on four wheels”.

Stackable stools and benches with cushions: Drop © Cor

Space-maximising chairs

Folding chairs like Fläpps from Ambivalenz are also ideal for tight living spaces. Only 20 mm wide, the flat chair made of multiplex birchwood is quickly within reach wherever you need it. And it can be stored away in a corner just as quickly after use thanks to its special folding mechanism. 

Even the smallest apartment has room for compact shelves. While covering entire walls is pretty much a thing of the past, they are still indispensable as an accent for displaying a few favourite objects. The House shelf unit from Bolia is a modern storage system that can be designed like a large typecase, according to the heights and widths you need. 

The practical House shelf unit has flexible compartments © Bolia

The modules are made out of MDF/linoleum, a sustainable and environmentally friendly natural material, and come in different sizes. They can also be combined into large units or used as room dividers.

Minimalist shelving

The Folded Shelves from Muuto take up very little space. They help keep everything organised and small items like keys or smartphone are always at hand. The minimalist, functional wall shelves are made of powder-coated metal and have a maximum depth of 12.4 cm. The shelves resemble folded paper and are available in four sizes and a variety of colours. 

Minimalist metal wall shelves: Folded Shelves © Muuto

The Flatmate writing desk from Müller Möbelwerkstätten is made especially for small rooms or narrow hallways. It is notable for its extremely space-saving design. Despite its depth of just 122 mm, it offers maximum functionality thanks to its integrated lighting, space for folders, power outlet and convenient storage compartments. With clear colours like yellow, red, blue or green, the cleverly designed piece also adds a bright accent to the room.  

Flatmate, an ultra flat writing desk ©Müller Möbelwerkstätten

Multipurpose tables

Small side tables offer endless functional possibilities. Made from oak, the Indskud from Skagerak is a contemporary version of the classic tray table. The tabletop can be easily lifted and carried from living room to cooking area or the bedroom. Three openings in the tabletop hold the tray securely and stably in the frame. Indskud is available in two sizes and heights. 

A tray table in two sizes: Indskud made of oak © Skagerak

Normann Copenhagen offers a mobile solution on wheels with the compact Block Table. As a home bar, side table or flexible companion, it can be moved wherever you need it. Typical for the Scandinavian company is the contrasting combination created from a structure of round legs made out of ash wood with two metal trays in white, grey or black.

A tray table in two sizes: Indskud made of oak © Skagerak

Compact, mobile lighting

Lighting plays a special role even in very small spaces. w153 Île from Wästberg is an exceptionally decorative light source, also in really compact living spaces. The indirect LED cone shade luminaire made of aluminium measures only 20 x 19 cm and can be clamped on furniture as well as stand on its own or mounted on a wall. It comes in a range of seven colours from light blue to bright red. 

Clamp it, place it or mount it: w153 Île © Wästberg

The Parrot from Tobias Grau – a compact, height-adjustable multifunctional lamp. Cable-free and portable, it extends the playful use of light. Depending on the brightness setting, its integrated high-performance rechargeable battery provides Parrot with 8 to 100 hours of operation without having to rely on a power outlet. The adjustable lamp head is equipped with highly efficient LEDs. It is dimmed via an intuitive, touch-sensitive panel, which also displays the battery charging status. 

The cable-free portable Parrot lamp © Tobias Grau

Furnishings designed for small living spaces do not have to be boring compromises. Many of today’s products are made for contemporary lifestyles. When combined cleverly, they do not stand for less but rather enrich everyday life.

Author: Heike Edelmann

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