Furniture with multiple uses

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.

 

This beautiful armoire would serve equally well as clothes storage in a bedroom, or as a media center in the family room.

This beautiful armoire would serve equally well as clothes storage in a bedroom, or as a media center in the family room.

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:

  • A modern writing desk in the bedroom, hallway or any spot where space might be limited.  The top surface is usually about 18″ wide which is plenty of space for a laptop, small lamp, even a photo or two and a comfortable height of around 30″ will easily accommodate a chair.
Our Countryside console table from Cody Road Workshops would be a lovey addition to your country home or brighten it up with the color of your choice and use it in a child's room where space might be limited

Our Countryside console table from Cody Road Workshops would be a lovey addition to your country home or brighten it up with the color of your choice and use it in a child’s room where space might be limited

  • In small spaces the console table can act as a sideboard or buffet in the dining room.  The extra length creates a surface for serving dishes and the all-important wine bottle during a meal but can hold buffet lamps and pretty accessories during the day.
  • Most kitchens will benefit from additional prep surface space so console table to the rescue!  In a small galley kitchen common to apartments or the u-shaped kitchen found in small homes or townhouses, a console table can be used as a portable island, baking center etc.  Just be sure to protect the surface from heat and spills with trivets or, better yet, find a remnant piece of marble or granite and have it cut to fit to create a custom piece for your kitchen.

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.

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This pretty little bedside table would also be a nice addition to a small living room to hold a lamp and book. Available at Painted Furniture Barn

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.

Good use for an extra chair in a room with limited space.  Courtesy of apartment therapy

Good use for an extra chair in a room with limited space. Courtesy of apartment therapy

Can you think of other examples?  We would love to hear how furniture performs multiple tasks in your home.

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