Minimalism is in vogue – it’s about living a simple life and owning only the things you need. Now more than ever, the idea of furnishing our homes with things that serve a purpose makes sense. Perhaps it’s the realization that a consumerist culture, which is part and parcel of contemporary life, does more harm than good or maybe it’s just an aesthetic choice.
The emergence of multifunctional furniture is perhaps the clearest indication that minimalist living is becoming popular. But why multifunctional furniture? Well, these types of furniture have many benefits. Now that our living spaces are increasingly becoming smaller and lives more expensive, more people are seeing the advantages of multifunctional furniture as the furniture of choice in this era.
What is Multifunctional Furniture
Anything that is ‘multifunctional’ can serve more than one purpose. So, we can define multifunctional furniture as furniture that can do other functions besides its intended purpose.
In the modern living sense, multifunctional furniture is designed to adapt to your lifestyle and needs. For example, if you have a small apartment and family visits, you can easily convert your sofa bed into an extra bed without compromising much on comfort.
This, among many other reasons, constitutes the advantages of multifunctional furniture. Let’s highlight them one by one.
Advantages of Multifunctional furniture
Many are opting for multifunctional furniture due to its advantages confer, such as:
Declutter your space
If ever there was an excellent reason to invest in multifunctional furniture, it would be due to their ability to declutter space.
For example, you can quickly transform your bedroom into a study space or an entertainment area by simply lifting your wall bed to bring the sofa or desk into place. This piece of furniture is designed such that the mattress fits over the sofa when it’s down and changes into a desk when it’s raised.
Multifunctional furniture will save you money because some of the features of this type of furniture would otherwise require you to hire a contractor to make changes to your house.
For starters, many multifunctional furniture has DIY manuals that you can easily follow to set up the kit, so you don’t need to pay a technician.
Designing separate spaces for your children can be an expensive affair. However, by customizing the bed, you can utilize one space to be a bedroom, storage room, playroom, or study room.
Considering how fast children grow, it makes sense for their furniture to be designed to ‘grow’ with them. This alleviates the need to buy separate pieces to meet every functional need of the child, which, needless to say, can be quite costly.
In any case, these types of furniture are usually sold at budget prices, making them affordable for all.
Easy to clean and maintain
Multifunctional furniture comes with cleaning manuals, which for the most part, are easy to read and carry out.
Moreover, manufacturers are increasingly making such furniture with modern materials such as plastic and vinyl that are often easy to clean compared to traditional materials like metal and wood.
Easy to move
Because these modern design concepts are intended to serve many purposes, they generally have more parts than traditional furniture. Therefore, it makes sense to make them with lightweight materials to reduce their overall weight.
Ultimately, this makes them lighter and easier to move about. Further, many are integrated with new technologies for easier maneuverability. For example, the wall bed is affixed with a mechanism that makes it easier to raise and drop without much effort.
Clutter makes a room look small and untidy. The beauty of multifunctional furniture lies in its ability to declutter space. In other words, they allow you to replace several pieces of furniture with a single piece that will perform multiple roles.
For example, instead of cluttering your bedroom with a storage closet, a regular bed, and a dressing table, you can opt for a storage bed with customized features to serve all these functions. So out goes three pieces of space-intensive furniture, and in comes a single piece!
Multifunctional Furniture ideas
When it comes to multifunctional furniture ideas, the options are truly endless! Let’s look at a few:
- Outdoor Set: How can you make four seats out of only two? We know this sounds crazy, but when you have guests and don't want to buy extra furniture, an outdoor set that can accommodate the number of guests is wonderful. All the cushions for these extra seats can be stored on the coffee table, giving you extra storage space.
- Modular Sofa: Your guests won’t have to worry about sitting on the floor anymore. Modular sofas are multifunctional furniture that can adapt and expand as you bring people over, and then go back to their original place without taking up more space.
If you plan on becoming a minimalist, then multifunctional furniture is your best option, if not for anything else, it’s an excellent way to declutter and create a more livable space.