The problem: How do you make a room welcoming and attractive but also livable for your busy family? We long for rooms that reflect our personal style, but they still must be functional as well as organized.
The solution: double-duty furniture! Ask any designer, or read any home decorating magazine. Your furniture needs to work double or even triple duty to get the job done. In the living room
Look for occasional tables with shelves or drawers to help prevent clutter from magazines, books, and newspapers. Drawers can also store family games and small toys.
Sonoma Tables by Universal Furniture
Storage ottomans keeps your spare blankets and pillows in a convenient space for unexpected guests. It’s not just a comfy footrest but also great for additional seating. In the dining room
Dining tables offers you many options. Besides dining, it gives you an extra work space for crafts, homework, and holding family meetings. Some tables have drawers to store linens and silverware.
Truffle Dining by Jofran
China hutches and servers provide display and storage for fine china, wine glasses, large serving platters, and other necessities. In the bedrooms
For the kid’s rooms, which are usually smaller, use your vertical space. Tall bookcases, high chests, and dressers offer ample storage for clothing and miscellaneous items. Choose a bunkbed or loft bed with a desk to create a functional room.
Surf Club Twin Loft by Lea Industries
Keep your master bedroom neat with the help of platform beds that offer storage drawers in the base. Look for unique nightstands that have built-in charging stations that charges your cell phone and other devices without messy wires dangling nearby.
Cambridge Bedroom by Aspen Home
Making smart choices with multi-purpose furniture create neat and orderly rooms that are family-friendly. Mission complete!
Contributed by Christine Bongiorno-Grabau, Home Furnishing Consultant at HomeWorld Honolulu