Have you been considering downsizing? Have you thought about what you might be keeping? Will those pieces fit? Will they work for your new space? These are all important questions to think about when downsizing – think simple and multi-functional.
Here are some helpful multi-functional pieces to consider when downsizing.
Whether you’re in a one or two bedroom condo, consider a good sleeper sofa for a couple of reasons. 1) you have a spot where your guest(s) can sleep and/or 2) it can be your main piece of furniture, but still be used for sleeping.
Another great option for a second bedroom or even a one bedroom. They can be custom fit to your space. They are multi-functional and can be used as an office desk.
Book Stacking/Floating Shelves
You don’t want book shelves everywhere, so one or two is suggested. They are good for displaying special items, books, dishes, crystal jugs, glasses etc.
Great for many purposes is the multi-functional storage bench. The bench can hold your extra bedding, towels, etc. and can be used as a foot stool and or coffee table. If there is no lid to the bench, you can put two or three baskets underneath them with items in the baskets. We have one in the studio, see below.
If you entertain a lot, folding chairs are a great option and they are easy to store. They are comfortable and come in different colours. Storing beside your washer/dryer, or in your front closet is convenient.
These look great in any space and most of the floor cushions are stackable. With most ottomans the lid comes off, so you can stow away items. They can be used as extra seating, a foot stool or a small table to house your beverages or snacks.
Three or four drawer dressers can be used as a bedside table with your clothes or extra bedding easily stored away. (We actually just did this for a client and she loved the idea). You can change up the handles to make it more modern looking (if it’s an older type dresser). Place a lamp, reading glasses and clock on top and now it’s a nightstand for duel usage.
If you have a bed that is off the floor (which most are) you can get drawers to go underneath to create extra storage. They are a huge space saver and you can get ones made with wheels at a low cost when working within a budget.
A set of tables that nest in as one are perfect options to create extra space and are multi-functional. They are easy to pull in and use to entertain, hold a lamp, plant, books etc.
Cristollo Coffee Table
This type of coffee table lifts up, stores stuff underneath the lifting lid and also converts into a desk and dining table. These are a little more unique and a tad expensive, but are a good investment if you are tight for space.
- When choosing paint, choose a light colour and keep it consistent throughout the space. It will help keep the space light and airy.
- Measure everything – don’t overcrowd your new space or under furnish it with too many small pieces. It’s all to scale. Remember, you can’t take everything with you. If you’re living in a large place, you need to start purging six months before you move.
- Drapery – Consider full length, ceiling floor is usually a good rule of thumb for most spaces that require drapery. Depending on where the window/door is located, will help decide if it’s wall-to-wall or just the window itself that needs coverage.
- Stackable shoe racks are a must – especially if you’re a shoe-a-holic! personally, I am purse-a-holic.
- Get things on wheels – it makes your life easier to move things and it keeps your furnishings off the floor.
Remember, if you feel overwhelmed and need some help with the downsizing, reach out for help!