A new func­tion for an old favourite

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There’s a lot of talk about mul­ti­pur­pose fur­ni­ture these days, like it’s some­thing in­dus­trial de­sign­ers have come up with just re­cently.

I’m talk­ing about beds that of­fer built-in draw­ers, sofa beds or chairs that flip over to be­come a step lad­der.

But even pieces of fur­ni­ture that ap­pear fairly stan­dard can serve mul­ti­ple roles over a life­time.

When my grand­mother passed away, a few pieces of her fur­ni­ture found their way to my house. Among them was the bed­room suite which in­cluded a pair of wardrobes, a bed­head with built-in bed­side ta­bles (so 1960s) and a low­line dress­ing table with a tall mir­ror.

While the wardrobes were quickly put to good use, the dresser was un­work­able in its cur­rent form so we sep­a­rated the base from the mir­ror, plac­ing it above the man­tel­piece in an­other bed­room.

The dresser stayed in my bed­room for the long­est time, partly be­cause it fit­ted well un­der the win­dow and partly be­cause it was nice to be so close to some­thing my grand­mother used daily.

But then we de­cided to give the liv­ing room a mini makeover, which in­cluded re­paint­ing and get­ting a larger TV.

Sud­denly, the side­board we’d been us­ing for a TV stand looked awk­ward and I started shop­ping around for some­thing pur­pose built. Then I re­mem­bered the dresser. Long and low, it had a few shal­low draw­ers per­fect for stor­ing games ac­ces­sories and just the right depth for our DVD col­lec­tion. The black, cream and tim­ber colour schemeeme worked in per­fectly as well.

With a new telly in po­si­tion, it looked li­kee it was made for the job.b.

So, not ex­actly multi- pur­pose fur­ni­tureure but mul­ti­ple uses overr a life­time. And that will do just fine.

This com­pact two-drawer bed­side table is an ex­cel­lent ent op­tion if space is a lux­ury y at your place. Hugo bed­side e table, $249 from Tem­ple & Web­ster, bster, tem­ple­andweb­ster.com.au au

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