Small Spaces: Furniture Solutions for Accessible Micro Dwellings (Part 2)
Corinne Gail Interior Design continues our look at the solutions and products that make it easier for Accessibility and Small Space Living to coexist. Today, Part II of our collection of furniture solutions, this time with a focus on Entertaining and Sleeping.
- ENTERTAIN -
One of the hardest parts about living in a small space (aside from storage limitations) is in giving up those extra pieces of furniture that we like to keep handy when having a few friends over to watch the game or to keep up with family traditions and serve Thanksgiving Dinner. To counter, keep in mind both convertible features and multi-function design. Also, think about lightweight materials for effortless flexible arrangements (you never know when that last minute guest will arrive) as well as simple, uncomplicated design aesthetics to minimize visual clutter.
What We Like: Crypto White Coffee Table from Alexander & Pearl
Small Space Pluses: At a mere 14" x 39" is size, Crypto is suitably sized for tight areas where a little extra surface is desired. Not to mention, storage compartments hidden under the surface mean less clutter, all important for small scale environments. Accessibility Pluses: With storage accessed from the top versus the side, there is no getting down on ones hands and knees to find the missing remote. Also, a height adjustable worksurface brings the tabletop and whatever rests there (HungryMan dinners perhaps?) to the user for easier reach.
What We Like: BADA Convertible Table from EcoSystems www.EcoSystemsBrand.com
Small Space Pluses: In entertaining, there are two pieces of furniture that tend to take up a great deal of floor space - the sofa and the dining room table. BADA takes both, blending them into single piece of eco-sensitive & stylish furniture. Accessibility Pluses: Sometimes simply being easy to use and functional is accessibility enough. BADA's convertible features are accessed easily and quickly making it perfect for those entering their Golden Years but looking to downsize.
What We Like: Origami Drop Leaf Dining Table from Crate & Barrel
Small Space Pluses: The Origami's small stature, dual drop leaf surfaces, and slim-line aesthetics provide well-thought out design that is visually lightweight, won't occupy much space, and still provide a multitude of possible uses. Accessibility Pluses: Its simple, gateleg design can be operated with minimal effort giving those with physical limitations an easier way to gain a bit of extra surface area without the use of cumbersome or heavy table leafs.
- RELAX -
What one piece takes up the most floor space in every living environment? The average Queen sized bed occupies over 30 square feet of floor. Eliminating just this one object means more room for activities not to mention the option of using a single use bedroom for additional functions. Multiple options exist for removing the bed from the equation but we're a fan of Murphy and Elevator solutions.
What We Like: Penelope Fold Away Bed from Resource Furniture Website
Small Space Pluses: There really is no better way to gain the space occupied by an immobile bed than to fold it away into the wall. Penelope is streamlined, clean, and has the added option of looking like a real bed when folded down. Accessibility Pluses: Murphy beds may seem problematic for those who may be bound to a wheelchair or with limitations but technological advancements in opening mechanisms as well as the added option of remotely operated electric openers make the modern Murphy bed a worthwhile solution to gaining extra space.
What We Like: Lits Escomotables by Espace Loggia www.Espace-Loggia.com
Small Space Pluses: Where the traditional Murphy bed requires being remade before every use, the Lits Escomotables (Elevator Bed) simple raises it out of the way. Side note: when it comes to impressing friends, having a bed that drops from the ceiling is a definitely plus! Accessibility Pluses: For convertible or hidden beds, it doesn't get much easier. Electric operation requires no lifting, straining, or flexing. Not to mention, maintenance is substantially easier - no need to put together your bed every evening.
Up Next: Architectural Solutions for Small Space Accessibility
Featured Image: The elevator bed or Lits Escamotables from French company Espace Loggia, photo courtesy Espace Loggia
Brandon Smith, LEED AP is the interior designer turned Founder and Principal Editor of DCoopMedia, a design & luxury lifestyle digital media development firm. With a focus on redefining how the individual defines luxury, Brandon develops content for the firms’ quarterly journal and blog, theTwentySIX, and moderates the weekly chat on Twitter #DesignLUX (Thursdays at 1pmPT/4pmET). A lover of details and addicted to Diet Coke, he can often be found on Twitter @dcoopsd or via the blog D’Scoop.
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