Some rooms in our homes have designated uses – like the bathroom or kitchen – but others need to serve us in a few different ways. You might have a bonus space, a guest bedroom, a den or even a freestanding shed that can become a multipurpose or flexible room.
These spaces are a blessing to have but organizing and decorating them can be tricky. We’ve put together four ways to make your multipurpose room more functional.
Use multifunctional and adaptable furniture.
When floor space is at a premium, your furniture needs to serve at least a couple of different functions. Think a bench with built-in cubbies that can hold anything from shoes to books for a den or bonus room. If you’re using a spare room as a guest bedroom and a game room, invest in a sofa bed or a sturdy but attractive daybed.
Seating that also houses storage, whether a cube bench or an ottoman with a lid, maximizes space in a multipurpose room.
Card tables, folding chairs and other furniture that can be collapsed and stowed in a closet and tables that can convert from a game table to a dining table also work well in multi-use areas.
Get the most out of walls and doors.
Don’t forget to utilize vertical space, especially in a room where there’s limited square footage or where you need the floor to be uncluttered – in a home gym, for instance.
Mounting shelves on walls creates extra storage for necessities or decorative objects.
Hang shelves on the walls to add decorative touches to a flex space or for utilitarian storage.
Choose attractive storage cubes and fabric drawers.
Using storage cubes is a quick and versatile solution to organize items such as books, records, houseplants, art and office supplies while also maintaining a decorative style.
The cubes are also ideal for storing away seasonal shoes, accessories or anything that’s not used on a day-to-day basis. Choose from a range of two- to nine-cube sizes and use fabric drawers to mask any eyesore items.
Mixed material cube storage lends a warm, yet industrial look to any room while also increasing storage.
Take advantage of corners.
In a room that has to do many jobs, you have to employ every inch of space you possibly can. Don’t neglect the corners! Place an L-shaped desk in an office or playroom/home school area. Choose a corner shelf unit or bookcase to fill in this underused space in a media room, study or other room that likely has at least two functions.
Corner desks and vertical cabinets with shelves, drawers and cubbies increase the usable space in a room.
You can make a multipurpose room both functional and attractive by incorporating some or all of these decorating and storage ideas into your design scheme.
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