A home is more than just a place to eat and sleep. It’s a place to entertain, work, exercise and play in as well.
With the right multi-purpose room ideas, your home can provide a variety of functions, even without much space. Transforming a home into one that is more functional is as easy as turning living areas like the dining room, living room and spare room into multipurpose spaces.
Creating a room that serves more than one purpose may sound challenging. However, with space-sensitive furniture and a few clever design strategies, you can have that dual-purpose guest room or multi-purpose living room while keeping it aesthetically pleasing and fully functional.
Below are a number of ideas to organize and design your multi-use areas.
Put those often overlooked corners and closets to good use. For instance, corner shelving units are a great way to organize your things and keep your small spaces tidy.
If you have a closet in your room, you can turn it into a closet office. This room, equipped with this “cloffice”, can be both a workspace and a welcoming guest room. Maximize your storage by adding shelves, table hooks, a chair and a dresser. When you’re not using it, you can tuck it away. You can even consider adding a New Table Concept to fold away when not in use!
Now you have transformed this small room and closet into a home office/guest room combo! With roughly half of the US workforce holding a job where they can work from home at least half the time, having a “cloffice” makes a lot of sense.
An often overlooked and under-utlized space in the home are corners. With a corner desk, you’ll have enough room to pay bills, check your email or write the next great American novel. Corner desks use your small spaces more efficiently than a regular rectangle tabletop, which is the key to success in a small space. Add a TV in another corner or a corner shelving unit, and you have just created an office/bedroom combo that still has a lot of space. By having your desk inside a corner cabinet, you can close it up in the evening when you’re not using it.
Corner shelving is a great addition to the space, creating a spot to put books, plants and decorative items for a stylish nook.
Add a little unifying theme to turn your multi-functional rooms from crowded to cohesive.
Play on Colors in Kids’ Bedrooms
If your children share a bedroom, you can still give them that sense of individualization by color coding their “sides” of the room. While each may have similar design items like beds and dressers, making the room feel cohesive but the color differentiated makes each child feel like they have their own space.
Play on Textures in a Dual Office/Bedroom Setup
If your bedroom also acts as your workspace, your bedroom/office doesn’t have to resemble a cubicle. Consider incorporating soft furniture that’s functional for work but feels like it belongs in a bedroom. The office furniture can also look and feel like bedroom furniture with appealing colors and soft lines. The bedroom office will still be your workspace, but this will keep its comfortable, homey look and feel.
You can incorporate your own unique style, too, such as an elegant lamp, decorative chair or stylish shelving to add some pizzazz and take the “corporate cubicle” look out of it.
Blend In: Bringing Your Rooms Together
Transform your guest room into a laundry room, craft room or home gym by utilizing furniture that tucks against the walls, such as folding chairs, fold-away beds, hideaway tables and Murphy beds.
The more storage you have, the tidier and more organized your rooms will be. Don’t forget to add some decor to your storage to give it a nice aesthetic. For instance, you can store away your kitchen tools in wooden canisters next to a couple of pretty floral arrangements or potted plants, or clear away your bathroom vanity by hanging up glass mason jars to store your cotton balls, makeup brushes or Q-tips.
Closet systems like this one from Resource Furniture provide you with a number of storage options that range from walk-in closets to shallow cabinets. You can easily customize them and pair them up with a shelving system or a space-saving wall bed.
How about tossing your children’s toys into open wire bins hung on their walls? This makes it a cinch to keep your kids’ rooms and floors tidy without having to stuff toys into a closet or under the bed.
You can also hang up colorful tote bags on the back of your children’s bedroom doors for stashing toys quickly after they’re done playing with them.
You can use your ceiling space to store away seasonal items or other things you don’t use on a regular basis. Simply hang up some sturdy racks to create an overhead utility space.
Organizing your set of kitchen tools can be a challenge since they’re various shapes and sizes. Now you can change that. Simply hang up a long towel bar for hanging up things such as:
They will still be within reach but will look much more organized.
When family and friends visit, you need an area where to hang up coats and store clothing. Vertical shelves are great for this. You can use them to store your friends’ folded clothing items and other personal effects. When friends are not visiting, you can use the shelves to display knickknacks, office supplies or other accessories.
Why not try a multi-purpose rack and hanger panel to hang up towels, hats and winter coats or other personal items? It can be added anywhere you see fit, such as bedrooms, closets, bathrooms or hallways. This Piano hanger rack comes in black, white, oak and walnut finish with a couple of size options.
The laundry room can be used to accommodate much more than just a washer and dryer. Consider adding storage cabinets with large cupboards brilliantly encased inside a set of doors where you can store your cleaning supplies, dry goods or even small appliances. You could even use it as a broom closet and pantry.
Vertical expansion is a key strategy in organizing small spaces that are also multi-functional.
Create more space with wall beds, bunk beds and tall shelves. If you’re looking to create extra space in your kids’ bedrooms, bunk beds are perfect. However, traditional bunk beds can seem claustrophobic.
Instead, why not create a more open layout with a set of bunk beds that fold away when not in use? Murphy beds and transforming bunk beds will help provide your kids with more play room and allow you to maximize every square foot of space. During the day, wall bed bunk bed systems can offer your kids or guests a work surface or comfortable sofas to sit on while later transforming seamlessly at night into bunk beds.
Wall beds are the perfect way to utilize the space in a guest room for multiple uses. You can have your guests spend the night in your home during visits instead of having them book a hotel. When you’re not entertaining guests, the bed goes back into the wall so you can reclaim this space.
Want some guest room/craft room combination ideas? How about adding some wall-to-wall cabinetry in your multipurpose laundry/crafts/home office room? The secret here is that your front-loading, stacked washer and dryer are tucked away inside the panels where they can’t be seen.
Have you been looking for a way to work out but don’t have the space for a home gym? Considering only one in five homes have a fitness or recreation center or a park within a half of mile radius, having a guest room also function as a home gym is something many of us could benefit from.
Looking for more multi-purpose guest room ideas? Try a private guest room that turns into a library. With a Murphy bed tucked away inside a custom cabinet, this can be done easily and look great. You can have bookcases during the day for your home library, and come nightfall, slide open the side panels of a Murphy bed to hide the bookcases and turn the room into a guest bedroom. There is no need to move things around to try making room for an extra cot or air mattress.
Turn your basement into both a laundry room and family room. You can hide your front-loading washer and dryer inside and behind bifold cupboard doors. Tuck away laundry supplies inside a matching, adjoining closet. Add a sofa, TV, and white walls to create a clean and bright-looking multipurpose room.
How about a bedroom/home theater? Once the wall bed is folded up, the guest room turns into a home theater by adding dimmable lights, a giant flat screen, surround sound speakers and blackout curtains. Throw in some lightweight but lush chairs that you can move easily to provide extra seating space for guests.
Is it an office, bedroom, living room or multi-purpose dining room? You decide. For multi-use rooms, find furniture that can serve multiple purposes, such as:
If you work from your home, you can have both a home office and cozy living room all in one. Add a little personality to the room with an L-shaped sofa while controlling clutter with built-in storage. You can maintain balance and a sense of order in your multi-purpose living room/office with a white color scheme, which keeps it from feeling cramped.
By adding a Murphy bed that comes right out of the wall, a dining table that can also be used as a desk and a kitchenette, you can give your room three-room functionality.
Now you can have a dining room, living room and office all in one. By including a dining table you can also use as an expansive workspace and double-duty furniture and modular glass-fronted cabinets where you can store your books, it’s easy to switch uses for this room. You could also find chairs that hang on the wall – when entertaining guests, you can easily add seating to accommodate them.
Still looking for multi-purpose dining room ideas? Think about turning a rarely-used, formal dining room into a hangout room for your children or an office space for you. By combining a daybed, an understated table and slim folding chairs, you can go from dining to working in no time flat. Add a couple of bookshelves and you can divide the space up so this one room has three different functions without disrupting its flow.
With multi-purpose room ideas, it’s not about splitting one room in half where one area serves as a guest room and the other as an office, for example. Instead, you can allocate the space of the entire room according to how often it’s used. If you only have guests over twice a year but you work from home, then you should allocate most of the room to be your home office and the rest of it as a guest refuge.
Any room can be transformed into a functional living area with a smart design. If your guest bedroom stays vacant most of the time, why not install a fold-away bed so the space can be used for another purpose, like a craft room, home office or lounge area. A great idea would be a foldout Murphy bed to accommodate overnight guests, which folds up to reveal a desk for you to work on.
A multi-use room means choosing the right accessories and furniture that allow you to easily turn a guest room into an office, gym, dining area or nursery when needed, and vice versa. The secret to this is choosing multifunctional or modular furniture that makes the most of every square foot.
Resource Furniture offers a number of different transforming and multifunctional furniture pieces to work with, allowing you to truly maximize the space of your home, such as:
Browse our huge selection of transforming furniture and multifunctional solutions. We have everything you need to put your multi-purpose room ideas into action.