A new function for an old favourite
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.
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