Double-Duty Furniture: Smart Space-Saving Designs for Your Boston Condo

Space challenges are commonplace in many Boston condos, compelling homeowners to think creatively and recognize that one room can serve more than one function.  In an effort to make every square inch of their homes matter, more city dwellers are turning to furnishings that do double duty. Innovative designers are meeting the demand with modern, space-saving furniture, which provides the dual benefit of two pieces in one. This concept also allows you to conserve space and prevents your home from becoming too cluttered.

Here’s a round up of multi-functional furniture designs that are both stylish and efficient in terms of space utilization:

Many urban Bostonians simply don’t have the room for a full-size dining table, but like to entertain so they have a dinner party with half their guests at a table and the rest on the couch, hardly an ideal scenario. Brooklyn-based Ecosystems’ BADA table, crafted from reclaimed walnut or teak, provides the best of both worlds by morphing from a loveseat into a table depending on your needs.

Resource Furniture’s Goliath Table converts from a 17″ deep console – perfect for a lamp and storing your car keys near the entryway – to and a 115″ long dining table for ten when you need it.

The innovative Opera table from Italian furniture designer Bauline is the perfect setting to host a dinner for two or a dozen… and everything in between. A showstopper in both looks and function, the table is made of ash, with a range of lacquer finishes available on request. For purchasing information, email export@bauline.it.

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Courtesy of Trendir.com

Those looking to transition from mealtime to play time will appreciate Fusiontables: a dining table and pool table all in one.  Developed by a team of Belgian designers and engineers, the modern, sleek design is a far departure from the classic, heavy looking wooden tables you’ll traditionally find and integrates clean lines from materials including metal, wood, and natural stone for a stylish, luxurious appearance.

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The Picture Table by Ivy Design is a great example of multifunctional design that takes a decorative element and puts it to work in a smart and practical way.  Folded up on the wall, it plays the role of a modern, attractive poster frame or mirror.  Pulling the hinged frame down, however, reveals two cleverly implanted legs so that it may be used as a table.

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The trendy, Italian-made Quadrato from Modernika is a great space-saving coffee table that easily transforms into a six- to eight-seat dining table instantly. Apart from providing dual function, the table also has concealed storage space in its base.  Converting from a 35.5” square to 80” by 35.5” when open, the table is available in dark oak or melamine finishes.

Clei UK is a master of quality designs for compact living.  An engineering marvel, the DOC (81” long) and the DOC XL (96.5” long) sofa converts from a sofa to every day bunk beds with one simple movement. Complete with an integrated ladder and security bar, it’s available in a wide variety of fabrics, which are fully removable and washable, depending on the fabric.

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If your home office doubles as a den, bedroom or guest quarters, which is fairly common in many Boston condos, you’ll appreciate a file cabinet that also serves as extra seating or even an impromptu coffee table. Ballard Design’s File Storage Ottoman will make your paper trail a little shorter and give you a place to prop up your feet. Its metal frame supports your letter-sized files, while an interior pocket holds a portable work-surface. Plus, there’s space to store office supplies.

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This wouldn’t be a proper post on transforming furniture if we didn’t mention the Murphy bed, the old studio apartment mainstay which is also used frequently for rooms that serve as a study and guest room Resource Furniture has some really wonderful options whether you’re looking for queen size beds, singles or even bunk beds that also work double time as sofas, shelves, desks and tables.

What do you think of these super smart design ideas?