Multi-Functional Spaces in Interior Design

Multi-functional spaces in interior design

Modern and contemporary design is all about integrating aesthetics and function. The new normal has changed the way we use spaces in the home. Everything is now multi-purpose: the bedroom doubles as a home office and conference room; the dining area is also where online classes are held; and spaces for leisure such as the backyard or the garden in front of the house are now also used as a vlog setting for those TikTok videos.

But how does one necessarily make spaces multi-functional from an interior design perspective? Here are some ideas on how to convert areas of your home into multi-purpose spaces.

  • Modular lounges
  • Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry
  • Kitchen island dining table
  • Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets
Modular lounges

Modular lounges

There are two pieces of furniture that occupy a lot of space in our homes and one of them is the sofa. Regardless if it’s a normal-sized home or a smaller home, a sofa is one of the most important pieces of furniture in the home.

To maximise the space, you can try modular lounges. Such furniture, you can separate different pieces or combine them depending on use. It can be a couch but if needed, can also be converted to a bed for guests. Most also have side tables and additional chairs that are built-in, pieces you can take out of the main furniture and allocate on designated spaces where they can be of use.

Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry

Fold-up beds with built-in shelving and cabinetry

Another furniture that occupies a lot of space but is a must have is the bed. We can sometimes live without a couch as long as our bed is comfortable. For small spaces, it’s ideal that beds also serve as storage spaces. Built-in shelving and cabinetry are wonderful additions to your bed. One of the most common practices is to elevate the bed either a few feet from the floor to make room for drawers.

Kitchen island dining table

Kitchen island dining table

Keeping an open floor plan for your home is ideal especially if you have limited space. We are moving on from days where there is a separate dining room, kitchen, and living room. These days, the entire home (or at least the common areas) all flow from one into the other making the space appear larger than it is.

A kitchen island that also serves as a dining table also makes smart use of the space.

Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets

Multi-functional play areas for kids and pets

If you have both pets and kids, there are also fun ways to design the space to cater to their needs.

Your child’s bed can also be a play area if you adopt the concept of elevating the bed to provide space underneath for a study/player area. This will then increase the available floor area for other potential things such as extra storage in the form of a tallboy. 

Multi-functional spaces are a must these days and there are many ways to do that in your homes as mentioned in this blog. All you have to do is to find time for it.

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Tips for Maximising Space

Tips for maximising space

We compiled tips to maximise closet space and other rooms in the home.

When you have smaller spaces in your home, maximising spaces can take some clever planning and phenomenal organisational skills. 

While it can be frustrating to tackle said spaces and think of the most functional way to make it work, it’s quite fulfilling to see the final product: maximised spaces, all functional and have just the right amount of aesthetic. 

We have come up with tips on how to maximise the spaces in your homes. Check them out.

How to maximise bedroom space

How to maximise bedroom space?

If you have a small bedroom and a huge amount of the space is already occupied by your bed, elevate it and make use of the space under the bed. You can also maximise the wall spaces and install floating shelves or trays that can serve as more storage.

Remove large storage furniture and choose smaller and more compact storage solutions that you can stack together. This will also help sort your stuff according to its purpose.

How to maximise wardrobe space

How to maximise wardrobe space?

The first thing you should do is to update your wardrobe. Leave only those that you will actually wear and use.

Invest in hooks and wardrobe rods that are retractable. Get yourself wardrobe inserts, too, so that you can also make use of the spaces between the clothes for smaller items like handkerchiefs, ties, or belts. Baskets, bins, and boxes are your friends.

Put dividers on your drawers and install a shoe carousel. Stacking shoes vertically doesn’t take up as much space so you can put more in the shoe closet. And the most important thing? Use all spaces from wall to roof.

How to maximise garden space

How to maximise garden space?

Before you design your garden space, you have to first decide what purpose it is that you want for it. Will it be for entertaining friends and family? For your relaxation? Will you be planting an herb garden or a vegetable one? After you determine what you want for your garden, it’s time to maximise the space.

If you want a lot of plants, make use of pots and take advantage of vertical spaces so that you can maximise the space and put up more. Make sure that you use every available space for your plants. Pots, planters, and even trellises will help you organise them. 

In case you prefer an area for entertaining, make sure to choose furniture that is stackable and that you can put away when not in use. If you have a tree in your garden, make use of the space around it by putting seating areas. If you have a smaller area for everything you need, consider having multi-purpose pieces. For example, seats also serve as storage. Place statement plants around the area that can also help shade parts of the areas where you and your guests can sit and spend some quality time together.

If you want your garden to be your own personal tranquility space, install a light-up water feature. The Zen effect will make the space feel bigger and the ambiance more relaxing. Choose a convertible lounge chair, play with texture that will complement the furniture, and use light-reflecting tricks to further illuminate your yard.

As mentioned, maximising space can be very tricky and would take some special skills. Decide what you want for the space and then work from there. The important thing to remember is that it has to be aesthetically pleasing but also very functional.

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Maximising Space in the Kitchen

Maximising Space in the Kitchen

We all want a large kitchen with a walk-in pantry, storage for seasonal décor, and enough space to hide all of our appliances. But, in reality, most of us are confined to a small kitchen with barely enough space to store our collection of reusable water bottles. Circulation is important especially in a room where you prepare meals; counter spaces or a kitchen island where you can work on and corner spaces for storage of some knick-knacks that you don’t use often are highly essential. 

While we can't change the cost of living, we can provide organizing solutions that will make your current space feel infinitely more comfortable. Do a Marie Kondo and maximise space in the kitchen.

Here are some tips to maximise your space in the kitchen:

  • Ditch bulky packaging
  • Place everyday items at eye level
  • Install slide-out drawers
  • Install upper shelves
  • Put everything in place
  • Make use of hooks
  • Use drawer separators
  • Create groupings
Ditch bulky packaging

Ditch bulky packaging

Foods such as cereals and chips are frequently packaged in large, bulky boxes or air-filled bags that take up more space than the contents. Decant them into clear, space-saving, stackable containers to save shelf space while also making your snacks look cute.

Place everyday items at eye level

Place everyday items at eye level

We're all struggling to reach those higher shelves. Keep them for seasonal items and entertaining necessities such as platters and trays. Use the easier-to-reach shelves for items you use every day, such as plates and bowls.

Install slide out drawers

Install slide-out drawers

Most cabinets have plenty of storage space, but getting to it can be difficult at times. Install slide-out drawers instead of kneeling down and reaching your entire upper body into the cabinet. These handy pull-outs add utility and make it simple to access that far-back cabinet space that you usually don't get to use.

Install upper shelves

Install upper shelves

If you don't have upper cabinets, a few shelves will suffice without the need for a contractor. Furthermore, the open shelving look is very popular in kitchens these days.

Put everything in place

Put everything in place

Labeling your containers, shelves, and drawers will not only help you find what you're looking for, but it will also hold you accountable on days when you're too lazy to organize. Because of the subtle labeling, this fridge has a place for everything and everything in its place.

Make use of hooks

Make use of hooks

You're wasting valuable storage space if you don't already have a set of hooks hanging as a kitchen catchall. Place some kitchen towels, cutting boards, and even plants here to keep them out of the way but still within reach when needed.

Use drawer separators

Use drawer separators

Regardless of how well-organized you think you are, unless you use drawer separators, the items scatter freely, creating a cluttered appearance. A few separators will keep groupings together and easy to sift through, such as utensils. Retrofit your drawers and make them adjustable depending on what you will use them for. 

Create groupings

Create groupings

Grouping specific categories together is one of the fundamentals of organisation. This makes it easier to find items and keeps everything together that you might need at the time. A well-organised and well-stocked coffee bar makes mornings much easier while a drawer with neatly stacked tea boxes is not just pleasing to the eye, it also gives you access to flavors for you to choose from.

Now you know the best kitchen storage organisation ideas that will help you make the most of your storage space and even create more. We hope that you try out these genius tricks to corral clutter and store cooking essentials to make your kitchen more functional and less chaotic.

Maximising space in your kitchen can be achieved through careful interior design. Maximising kitchen spaces isn’t just for putting order into a very used space in the house; it also saves you time and money. With a bit of creativity and problem solving, you can create a functional yet stylish kitchen that’s tailored to fit your lifestyle.

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