The Old Switcheroo
Dual-duty furniture works twice as hard.
f you plan to build or furnish a small cabin or home, furniture that serves more than one purpose can help you save space and money. When choosing this kind of furniture for your cabin give each piece careful thought. Will you actually use it in both of its forms, or will its “gee whiz” appeal be lost when you realize it doesn’t really serve either purpose very well?
Wayfair combines four classic board games—backgammon, checkers, chess and Chinese checkers— into a fold-out sidetable. Drawers offer space to store game pieces, too. The sofa bed is one piece of multi-functional furniture we’re all familiar with. While they may be more comfortable for sitting than sleeping, these couches do come in handy when guests arrive. Furniture makers apply the same thinking to a variety of pieces, hoping to design versatile furnishings that can offer dual functions, making them doubly valuable when space is tight.
A number of examples are offered here, but with a bit of searching you can track down many others. There are coffee tables that split into side tables or stools. Bookshelves unstack to become side tables. When looking online, try keywords like “small space solutions” or “dual duty furniture.” If you’re searching for smaller-scale pieces, browse for “apartment size furniture.” The concept of the Murphy bed, which folds down