With the recent rent hikes, many people have had to move into a home with a much smaller footprint for the same amount of money. If you’re in that predicament, here’s how you can enjoy more space by furnishing your new home using space-saving furniture like bunk beds with desk areas, versatile tables, wall beds and sofa beds in Singapore.
Conventional furniture has a habit of hogging our space 24/7. Yet many items – dining tables being a classic example – are only used for a few hours a day. By making your space more fluid with space-saving furniture, you could do more with less, and save a hefty amount on rent in the process.
We asked MATTHEW LEVIN, co-founder of Spaceman, Singapore’s leader in space-saving furniture, how to go about it. He says there are three areas where Spaceman helps customers to save space, with products that are easily dismantled and moved with you when you relocate.
#1 Coffee and dinner on the same table
“We only use a dining table for a few hours a day at the most,” says Matthew, “and some people might not even use it every day. Yet we double our living area to make space for it.” Instead, he suggests using a multi-function dining table that can be shrunk down to a console or coffee table when not in use. “You can then free up all that space that the dining table steals. At the same time, you can still retain maximum options for entertaining. A console table can have five different sizes in one unit, for example. Flexibility is key!”
We were impressed to find that using smart furniture like this doesn’t mean compromising on style, with some really stunning Italian designs in the Spaceman collection, including solid wood, ceramic and cutting-edge finishes.
#2 Wall beds and sofa beds
The second area that Matthew highlights is the spare bedroom. He says, “Guest rooms take up space that is infrequently used. If you need a study to work from home, then stop that bed from hogging space. Turn your guest room into a study using a wall bed or desk bed like Slumberdesk. Likewise, you could use a Murphy bed in the master bedroom to create space you can use during the day.”
Another option, he says, is to do away with a spare room altogether. Offer your guests a sofa bed instead! “Sofa beds have come a long way so it’s no longer a second-rate choice. With a real mattress up to 20cm thick (and options including memory foam), you can offer your guests a good night’s sleep. These come in a range of handmade Italian designs and you will still have a gorgeous and comfortable sofa.”
Sofa beds offer a remarkably flexible option. At Spaceman, they come in six sizes, from single to king size, plus-twin beds, and even sofa bunk beds. Also, there are numerous designs available, ranging from classic to funky. They can be customised to add extra seats, a chaise longue, or footstools, like any other made-to-order sofa.
Finally, you can choose from hundreds of fabric and leather options to match the look to your interior scheme.
#3 Create space in the bedrooms with bunk beds
The final area Matthew recommends considering are the kids bedrooms. He says: “Kids need space to play, to sleep, to study, but they can’t do them all at the same time. So using multi-function kids furniture such as bunk beds with integrated desks and a multitude of storage options, you can make their space work harder.
Spaceman offers customisation for maximum use of space. Simply bring along your floor plan for a complimentary one-hour consultation in the store. The rest is Italian smarts and style for a larger and brighter home away from home.