Light colors, adequate lighting and the application of mirrors certainly work well to make spaces feel wider, but it is furniture the key element to make rooms actually more spacious, functional and well organized.
The golden rule for furnishing a small house or a small apartment is to take advantage of every useful corner to make it highly functional, as well as aesthetically satisfying. Using space-saving furniture equipped with transformable solutions is the ideal solution to have a more versatile home, able to quickly change, transform and adapt to the dynamism of modern life.
Tips for furnishing small houses
Equip the walls with shelves and pull-out tables
Optimizing the spaces in the living area may seem like a challenge, but it’s actuallty quite simple with transformable furnishing solutions. You can easily pull-out a desk from a library compartment, for example: Oplà +39 adds an extra table that opens and closes with a simple movement, in order to engage or free space as needed.
Have an island with a sliding top at the open space
With little space available for the kitchen and living room, having an open space is often the preferred architectural solution in small appartments. The island becomes a great ally of aesthetics and functionality, acting as a separator between the two areas.
But what if it were also an aggregator? Sliding tops can totally or partially cover the surface of the island, allowing it to be used for both kitchen and living room activities. With a single movement, the island expands or becomes compact, adapting to the needs of the moment.
Solutions such as the Top33 can hide the induction or electric hob as well as the sink, which are revealed only when it’s time to prepare the meal and have a large table to enjoy the dishes. When dinner is over, just put the top back in its original position to free up the space, making the house more spacious, tidy and aesthetically pleasing.
Optimize the space in the kitchen
Expand the kitchen surfaces as needed
Kitchen surfaces never seem to be enough – even more so in small homes. The transformable furnishing solutions give more versatility to the kitchen at the same time as they optimize the available space.
You can use a standard drawer to store a pull-out top extension: Oplà Top positions itself flush with the top to increase the useful surface of the kitchen whenever it’s necessary. The system is also easy to clean and to put back in its drawer with a single movement.
Choose a space-saving pull-out table
A standard drawer compartment is enough to hide an entire table: thanks to surprising space-saving systems, such as the Lunch model by Atim, a table can be extracted from inside a drawer, useful for a quick snack or to place ingredients and utensils necessary for the preparation of food.
Innovate with multifunctional solutions in the kitchen
Maximize every space of the kitchen using multifunctional furnishing solutions, which make life much more practical.
Systems like Cook create a true chef’s corner, even if they only require the space of a standard drawer. Cook brings together 3 functions: cutlery holder, cutting board and snack table – with the addition of a convenient aluminum basket for collecting what has been cut and blend the ingredients.
Install glass sliding doors for extra light
In confined spaces, it is worth evaluating the advantages of sliding glass doors. Why? Because the sliding glass doors not only serve to divide spaces without cluttering, but also allow natural light to easily circulate among the different rooms. An illuminated environment increases the feeling of spaciousness of the house and directly affects the well-being of the inhabitants.
Atim sliding door mechanisms can add that right touch of design to the environment.
The right furniture to create a space-saving Home Office
How to create a space-saving home office
The Home Office has become the protagonist of interior design since remote working entered everyone’s lives. But is it possible to have an adequate Home Office in an apartment of a few square meters?
Of course it is! Once again the transformable furniture manages not only to create a dedicated workstation, but also to optimize the available space to welcome other activities after the workday is over.
There are plenty of solutions to design the ideal Home Office: from the most discreet, such as equipping a piece of furniture with fold-away or pull-out tables, to the most surprising, like hiding a complete workstation behind the door of a cabinet.