By Guestblogger BoConcepts
With the average size of a New York City studio apartment at 550 square feet, it’s no surprise that New Yorkers are incredibly space conscious. Enter: convertible furniture. Convertible furniture – or multi-purpose furniture – are often the most important pieces for small living spaces. Because of their multi-tasking functionality, they’re worth the extra investment. Here are some top picks for convertible furniture pieces for your Manhattan apartment:
One of the easiest ways to create extra storage space in a bedroom is by buying a bed that doubles as a storage unit! Under-bed storage solutions with other built-in drawers and hidden compartments are ideal for small bedrooms. Use it to store your seasonal clothes, shoes, or even handbags!
Coffee Table/Dining Table
A big new trend, coffee tables that convert into dining tables are becoming ubiquitous in Manhattan furniture stores. Look for a convertible coffee/dining table with existing hardware because it will last longer. This kind of mechanism is very crucial since a dining table needs to carry more weight than a coffee table! [Chiva coffee table]
Who doesn’t like extra seating when entertaining guests, resting your feet while sitting on your favorite sofa and storing your belongings at the same time? Some ottomans allow you to flip the top and use it as a tray. Others simply feature a hollow interior where you can store those Blu-rays and remotes! Ottomans or footstools are always small, so they’re easy to tuck away at the corner of your space and pull it out only when needed.
Image: Christopher Knight Home
Media Console/Dining Table
Many apartments in New York City have a small narrow hallway leading to the main living/dining area. If you do not have space for a dining area, I suggest you use that narrow entryway space to place a console table can convert into a dining table when it’s dinnertime! You can hide slim folding chairs inside your closet too! If your console table is low enough, you might even be able to use ottomans from your living area as chairs!
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Many new developments feature an open kitchen layout. Some spaces are just too small to accommodate a dining area. To solve this typical New York apartment issue, you can try using bar stools around an open kitchen countertop and use either a console table or a coffee table that turns into a dining table! You can sometimes find bar stools that can be lowered to dining chair height. This kind of flexibility will allow you to turn a small space into a dining area in no time!
“Floating furniture” is the perfect trick for tiny spaces when you absolutely do not have any space for a desk or working area. Consider a wall-mounted desk if your living area is also your work area. Some wall-mounted desks even offer an “all-in-one” solution that integrates Bluetooth enabled speakers and storage space as well as easy cable management. You can also use add storage shelves on your wall, to display your books, hold your flower pots, or any other decorate knickknacks.
Convertible furniture is a smart, versatile and stylish solution for New Yorkers with small apartments.
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