When you think about it, the act of searching for furniture, whether online or in a store, can be complicated by labels and categories. Especially so when you consider the many ways that a piece of furniture can be used in your home.
For example, a century ago the armoire was used almost solely in the bedroom for clothes storage, as many rooms were small and often without any built-in closet space. But today, we are just as likely to want an armoire as a centerpiece in the family room to serve as our media center. These large beautiful pieces are perfect for storing the TV, DVD player, speakers, and all our other entertainment devices.
Now take a look at the common little console table. We all know that a console table’s purpose is to sit behind a sofa or up against a long wall and provide space for lamps, photos and collectibles. But this versatile piece can transform itself into:
Bedroom or Living Room? Nightstands and end tables can be used in either location. These accent pieces often have drawers and shelves that provide plenty of storage for those bedside necessities or, in the family or media room, for those pesky remotes and channel guides. Depending on the placement it may be necessary to choose a piece with a finished back when using it as an end table that “floats” in the middle of the room.
Other multiple use furniture includes daybeds that can double as a sofa, ottomans that become coffee tables, desks as vanities and even chairs as display space for stacks of books or as a casual bedside table.
Can you think of other examples? We would love to hear how furniture performs multiple tasks in your home.