Published at Tuesday, 09 January 2018 by Freda Wagner in Apartment Furniture, with total 29 drawings.
Picking the right furniture for a small apartment is really just about mindset. While stores like IKEA and Target have good choices for furniture that will work in a dorm room or a studio apartment, you can find suitable furniture for small spaces just about anywhere. You just have to think like a ships captain. Why a ships captain? Because the interiors of ships offer the best possible example of good usability and efficient use of space. Anyone who has ever had the good fortune to be on board a large sailboat or even a yacht knows how compact everything is, how much thought goes into how spaces are designed, and how well-built everything is. It becomes very evident that someone put a lot of thought into what was really necessary and then just ignored the things that were not necessary, and made the essentials work.
So, when it comes to apartment decorating ideas, space is paramount - even down to the size of the furniture and any patterns used when decorating: it all matters and nothing should be left to chance. One way of making every inch count is to combine furniture with multiple utilities: buy a desk which, when you need to sleep, easily converts itself into a bed. This isnt as far-fetched as it sounds. The 2009 Ideal Home Exhibition at Earls Court, London is currently advertising a piece of furniture which does exactly that. At face value, it certainly isnt a cheap option but, when you consider how effective and efficient it is, it is actually an economic solution. This particular piece of furniture is manufactured in a wood composite for durability, cleverly veneered for a lovely finish.
When the bed is folded away, the piece of furniture looks exactly as a desk. When the function needs to change and the bed needs to be used, you simply pull down the bed which folds down, and the desk slots back into the recess previously occupied by the bed. The charm of this system is that the bed is packed away readily made up for use and, when the desk needs to be put away, it glides backwards so that any items currently in use on the desk can stay exactly where they are: they will not be disturbed. The whole system runs on a cleverly hidden hydraulic unit so that you only need to use one hand to pull the bed down or push the desk backwards. For apartment decorating ideas, this piece of furniture, and others like it, is absolutely ingenious.