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The Best Multipurpose Furniture Every Home Should Have

It’s been a year of making the most out of our homes. Sheltering in place prompted us to come up with quick multipurpose home design tips, as many of us rethought the design of our spaces to eke out more function.

What’s really made a world of difference is leaning heavily into multipurpose furniture pieces that are space-saving, make for clever storage, and help give us some sense of order and organization in the home. And in the new age of WFH and family living all rolled up into the same spaces, anything that helps separate work life from home life is game-changing.

Here, to help you maximize your spaces, we’ve rounded up the best multifunctional furniture every home needs—from narrow shelves that double as nightstands to pouf seating that stand in as coffee tables. Think of this as your ultimate checklist for functional investment pieces!

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A Sofa Day Bed

A well-sized daybed is the perfect two-in-one piece to instantly transform any room into a space for both lounging and catching some zzz’s. You can easily turn any den, spare room, or basement living space into a combo guest room design by simply pulling in a daybed that doubles as a sofa. You can also use a daybed for work by pulling up a C-table for your laptop—and who can resist working from a sofa that’s also a bed!?

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A Storage Bench

When it comes to multifunctional pieces, the storage bench is at the top of our essentials list. Among the many uses for benches, they’re especially great in an entryway or along hallways. Storage benches are also space-savers in a studio apartment or kids room, perfect for blankets and shoes as well as toys. Not to mention, a storage bench also makes for a comfortable seat and a practical surface, which makes it truly an indispensable workhorse in any space.

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A Bookcase Nightstand

Instead of a traditional nightstand, pull in a bookshelf next to your bed for a bedside table that also offers tons of vertical storage space. The best part about this multifunctional approach is that the bookshelf utilizes wall space, meaning it gives you storage without taking up floor space. utilize wall space for extra storage. Try a ladder bookshelf for a piece that helps keep your bedside looking and feeling open.

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A Console Desk

For many of us, working from home has required us to carve out home offices once and for all. One stylish and space-saving solution we came upon is using a console table as a desk. Because consoles tend to be narrow, they’re perfect for small spaces and easy to pull up along a wall in any room— think a hallway, in front of a window, behind a sofa. If what you’re looking for is a simple surface for you to set up your laptop, a console desk is definitely the way to go!

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A Room-Dividing Bookcase

One multipurpose use for lower, wider bookcases is to arrange them as a room divider in large open spaces. It’s a great way to create different areas and “zones” that feel distinct and separate from each other in one room. Consider the living room with an etagere that partitions off a home office corner, or the seating area that’s delineated from the dining space by a low bookshelf. This is a very practical “half wall” approach that also offers you tons of storage.

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Console Dining Tables

Just as consoles can double as desks for an office, they can also function as compact dining surfaces. This is great if you have a basement media room that’s dedicated to lounging and TV watching. Simply line up two high-top consoles along a wall or behind a sofa and pull in some barstools to make them casual surfaces for eating. It’ll feel like eating out at a laid-back bar where you can snack and watch the game all at once.

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A Dresser TV Stand

If you’re like us, TV in the bedroom is where it’s at. Get the most out of your space by having a dresser double as a TV stand. It’s a practical and space-saving solution for any bedroom, and especially if you live in a studio apartment or have a small bedroom. The dresser offers you all your practical clothing storage and more, but it also has the bulk to hold up a large and heavy TV. It’s the perfect multipurpose use of a dresser in an unexpected way. If you need help finding the right dresser, check out our roundup of best storage furniture for your needs.

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A Dresser & Changing Table

For new parents, a multifunctional use for a dresser is to use the surface as a changing table by adding a pad and topper. This is a serious space saver since it means you can skip an actual changing table, and it’s a solution that can work in small and spacious nurseries alike. Just make sure you choose a dresser that’s wide and deep enough and at the right height for comfortable changing for both baby and parent.

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Pouf Coffee Table

Like storage benches, poufs are serious multitaskers that can act as a coffee table—or footrests and extra seating. They’re also soft and relatively easy to move around, which makes them perfect kid-friendly pieces in family rooms and homes with little children. Poufs are also great multipurpose pieces to have in an apartment or studio since they’re so versatile in use and can easily be stowed or stacked away in corners.

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A Bench Coffee Table

Similar to poufs, an upholstered bench makes for a stylish coffee table alternative that’s great in narrow living spaces. In a pinch, the bench can also be pulled out as extra seating. Consider an open-base bench, which will give you additional space underneath to tuck in a pouf or baskets for additional storage. Just be sure to choose a bench that’s proportional in height to your sofa.

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A Dresser Nightstand

You can instantly add a multipurpose function to any small bedroom by swapping in a dresser for your nightstand. The dresser surface will give you adequate space for all your nightstand essentials, like a lamp, books, a tray, or a plant, while the deep drawers will provide ample storage beyond the normal bedside table. Remember to check that the dresser isn’t too tall, where you can’t comfortably reach for things like your phone from bed. To really make the most out of a tiny bedroom, you’ll want to also bring in these small space furniture essentials.

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A Desk Nightstand

When your small bedroom is also your office, arrange a desk next to your bed for a nightstand that does it all. The best part about this approach is that you can get away with decorating just one side of your bed since the desk has everything you need—a functional surface, good storage, a workspace. It’s a stylish multifunctional solution we especially love in small spaces like a studio apartment or kids bedroom. Keep to a desk with a reasonable height so that it doesn’t tower over your bed.

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A Storage Coffee Table

One of our favorite sneaky storage ideas is a nondescript storage coffee table that has a spacious hidden compartment for holding small accessories, like throw blankets, games, toys, books, extra, candles, you name it! It’s the ultimate multipurpose furniture piece that gives you storage without looking like a storage piece. If you have a family room or living space that also functions as a default playspace for kids, you can’t go wrong with a storage coffee table!

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A Guide To Staying In: How Design Can Help Us Cope While Sheltering In Place

What a time this is for us all. As our communities around the world deal with the impacts of COVID-19, many of us are doing our part to practice social distancing and staying inside more than ever before. And in the wake of this crisis, our homes have had to adjust to shoulder an entire day’s worth of demands, becoming not only our shelters but also our offices, schools, gyms, theaters, restaurants, and so much more.

And one thing is for certain: when home is everything all the time, there’s nothing more important than function. To help you make the most of this time at home, we’re sharing easy ways to get the most out of your space and help it serve all these different functions at the same time.

From the dining room to the entryway, we created this complete “Guide to Staying In.” Full of interior design ideas for shelter in place times, keep scrolling to see how you can use interior design to make this time at home more functional and comfortable.

dining room design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning A Multi-Use Dining Room

The dining room has taken on new life as the core gathering place in our homes. For many of us, this room has become our workspace, cafeteria, home school, and family HQ room all in one. Try these simple tips to get the most out of your dining room design.

home office in the dining roomFor an Office Space

If you have an expandable dining table, adjust it to its full length to give you maximum surface space. Add a task lamp (or two) to give yourself ample lighting and consider using notebooks instead of loose papers to keep things organized while you work from home.

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homeschool dining room designFor Homeschooling

Keep all your kiddos’ school supplies organized in baskets or bins. Every morning they can grab their basket and easily stash it all away at the end of the school day. This will keep your table ready for its next adventure.

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date night dining room designFor Date Night

Set the table like you’re at a fancy restaurant—use cloth napkins if you have them, dim the lights, and light a few candles. Cooking not your thing? Take a raincheck on the fancy meal and buy a gift card to support a local restaurant.

living room design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Multi-Use Living Room

Our living room designs are seeing a lot of action these days—from lounge space to office, playroom, and even home theater, it can start to feel like your entire universe has become your living room. Keep your sanity and try these easy design ideas for shelter in place and set your living room up for all its different uses.

home theaterHome Theater

Start by setting the mood by dimming or turning off overhead lights and closing your curtains (this will keep glare at bay and give your space a theater vibe). Keep a few poufs or floor cushions handy for more seats and easy places to kick up your feet. Finally, stash a few blankets nearby so you can stay cozy and cover your eyes if you get too scared!

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Playroom

Clear a space on the floor for younger kids to sit and play. You can use a rug to “zone” the space and add fun toys like a mini tent to keep them entertained. Use baskets to quickly clean up at the end of the day so your living room can transform into its next look. Put pillows on the floor so the kids can sit comfortably around the coffee table. This is a great spot to color, do puzzles, or play games together.

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Workspace

Divide your living space into zones for work and leisure. Set up your home office in the living room by adding a desk or cocktail table for a dedicated space to get focused. Don’t sit on the sofa to work, but maybe use it for calls or video conferences when you need a change of scenery. Utilize the storage you already have to keep your “office” organized. Built-in bookcases or a bar cart are great options for easy storage.

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bedroom design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Serene Bedroom Escape

Unlike other rooms in your home, your bedroom is a space that’s just for you, so it’s important that it be a peaceful place where you can re-charge for the day ahead. Here are 3 ways to turn your bedroom into a serene sanctuary.

bedroom designCreate a Self-Care Corner

Make self-care part of your routine by carving out a place for an activity that brings you joy—be it a workout space, meditation zone, or a cozy reading nook.

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cozy reading nookPrioritize Comfort

Invest in creature comforts that turn your bedroom into the best room. Things like a memory foam mattress topper, quality sheets, and a cozy rug all make a huge difference.

bedroom storageSkip The Stress With Storage

Keep your bedroom feeling zen by investing in the right storage. Pieces like dressers, baskets, and under-the-bed storage are all great ways to keep your space (and mind) neat and tidy.

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entryway design ideas for shelter in placeDesigning a Functional Entryway

Most of us aren’t leaving our homes much these days, but if you are, here are a few design ideas for shelter in place times that can help you re-think your entryway design to make this time a bit easier.

Corral High-Touch Surfaces

Add a tray to hold your keys, wallet, phone—the things you touch frequently. This will keep them from spreading germs around and make cleaning easier.

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Stash Your Shoes

If possible, experts advise taking off your shoes before entering your home. If that’s not possible for you, add a basket or two in your entryway to make stashing them away quick easy.

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entryway organization ideasThink About Errands

Making a grocery run? Add a laundry basket to your entryway as a reminder to wash your reusable bags frequently.

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Designate a Sanitizing Zone

If you’re wiping down all hard surfaces before putting your groceries away, consider designating a space (like a bar cart) for sanitizing to keep your kitchen counters clean.

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