The times have changed as the division between our personnel spaces and professional places have blurred. With the pandemic and welcoming a new year with it, our homes have become our only escape pod. With the sharing of spaces in our homes as a family or even having a rented apartment, we all are facing the need to create multi-functional spaces for our homes that serve multiple functions all at the same time.
If you live with your family, then there are times that you require your private area and sometimes a common area that people can enjoy their time together in.
Multifunctional homes are the need of the hour and therefore in trend. You can create a varied space with proper planning out and functionalising the room in multiple ways so that it plays a different part whenever you need it to be.
Multifunctional interior design in a contemporary style is one of the latest trends this year. All you have to do is measure out what you need in the room, evaluate your space and ask what is the room generally used for and what it can turn into during different times of the day. Like a meditational zone in the morning to dining and kitchen area combined to kids playroom at night. A room doesn’t have to traditionally, serve the same purpose all the time. In case you are small on budget or space you can create smart rooms that come with multifunctional furniture.
Investing in a piece of furniture that plays multiple functions like a recliner chair cum sofa bed helps you to purposefully use a piece in several ways.
An efficient layout plan always saves money and space, therefore to maximise on a space we have brought interior designs that can help you create a multifunctional home on a budget:
TAP ON A VERTICAL SPACE
Vertical spaces utilise the length of the wall inconsonant with the floor and create a multifunctional spot to hang or store things without taking up the space horizontally. Vertical shelving helps create a bigger height impact on the room as well.
Vertical storing can be incorporated into the household in several ways for example as floating cabinetry and above it a vertical shelf that has multiple uses to it. Floating furniture makes the room look clean and lets in the flow of air and light without making the walls too bulky, you can create excellent multi-purpose use of the main wall of a room without utilising the flooring. Vertical spacing can be done in almost every corner of every room of the house. In the bathroom as a floating toilet or sink with cabinets below it that are attached to the wall itself and in the living room as a casual bookshelf showcasing your plants or your magnum opus.
STORAGE IS KEY
Storing spaces take up a lot of space for the purpose of keeping things away from the movement in the house and for safekeeping. You can perfectly use multifunctional cabinetry that has enough storage as a side table or create even a different space in the room. Small furniture like console tables or side tables take up space and serve a singular purpose therefore buying multifunctional storage like a bed with storage boxes in it, or a recliner that has a shoebox attached to it, can help you serve multiple functions with a single piece of furniture, now that is something that you can splurge on as it serves a multitude of purpose.
Storage doesn’t have to be essentially big and bulky. You can invest in a piece of furniture that you need and utilise it as a storage place in an efficient way.
VERSATILE FURNITURE CHOICE
Versatile furniture is denoted to a multi-use furniture setting that can fold, squeeze, turn into various shapes and seating that can serve us different functions. A very popular example of this category is the sofa cum folding bed in the main room. A family-sized sofa can be converted into a bed at night and maybe serve the purpose of a guest room too.
With the pandemic, we have created several spaces in our homes that serve our needs throughout the day and one of them is a Home office. A Home office can be incorporated in a closet popularly known as a cloffice that can be turned in the closet after finishing up the day and takes up no space in the existing plan of the room.
While choosing furniture you need to be careful about not buying too bulky interior that can paralyse the space and the movement in the house therefore buying a piece of multi-use furniture helps you save space. Displaying bold pops of colour, sleek designs and clever patterns, A multi-functional piece of furniture like a side table opening up as a desk or an ottoman cabinet used as a personalised home bar can make your interior ultra-modern.
Zoning a place is incorporating various materials that can help you create a lavish new set-up without building up walls in your house. Zoning is simply creating a space in a room that helps you compartmentalise the space in a better way. Zoning of a space can be done by simply painting a corner wall with a different colour or putting in extra lighting Like hanging lights attached from the ceiling to help you divide the space.
To make it more eccentric you can layer it up with throw blankets and cushions and rugs or carpets that help define a place and can save you on spending on an extra furniture piece. You can create a home office in similar ways, under the staircase wall or any weird corner of the house can wonderfully be turned into an extra space with proper planning on creating a zone of a place.
If you live in a smaller home or have a smaller space that you would want to utilise, you can create a personnel space by creating cosy corners that can be utilised as an extra seating arrangement. We all have seen cushiony spots on Pinterest in a room that are very well decorated and go with the aesthetics of the room.
This is exactly what we are inferring to, but those spaces can be incorporated in the corners of any of your rooms with a simple rug and chair. If you dream of having that personnel space in your homes and don’t have any room to spare this may be the best possible option for you that is also budget-friendly.
All you require is a good old armchair, a side table, perfect lighting and some soft cushions to have a perfect chilling spot.
DELIMIT YOUR BOUNDARIES
You can create a bigger space by linking your indoors with the outdoors. This can help create a bigger space in your homes attaching the same tiles or flooring in the house with the main room can help blur the lines in your boundaries and give a better and enhanced space.
In case you do not have the budget for that simply lay the flooring with a similar paint as the walls in the rooms and create a monochromatic look in the house and the balcony or even the lawn and porch area can be utilised to make the space look bigger.
You can now curate the space with some indoor elements like a seating space in the balcony or indoor lights that can help create a new space for you.
FLEXIBLE ROOM DIVISIONS
Smaller rooms can be flexible too with the right layout plan. A flexible room divider can be placed in a room to divide the space into two multipurpose spots. A room divider can be a shelf that is laid in the middle of the sofa space and maybe the dining room or it could be a transparent lacquered glass or stained glass that is only halfway through the room to create a division between the bedroom and a gaming station or a study room.
The semi screen acts as both storage space and a room divider. To create a flexible room division you need to place a transparent material in the room to divide it as the motive is not to create two separate rooms in one but multi functionalised room in a subtle way