Why you should care

Multi-purpose rooms optimise space and encourage interaction with family and guests.

Even if you have lofty rooms, building a multi-purpose space helps you make the most of a room while allowing family and/or guests to mingle while indulging in separate activities.

Before you decide on what a multi-purpose room will do, think about your lifestyle needs and group the activities that make the most sense together, then allocate them to the same room.

Common dual-purpose rooms are the guest room and study room combo, and the kitchen or dining room and home office combo.

The Office and Sometimes Guest Room

Fully dedicating a spare bedroom for guests who only occasionally visit is not doing that room justice. On the other hand, reserving it as an office leaves you with all that extra space. The solution? A two-in-one!

1 Daybeds and Sofa Beds

We love daybeds because they are small and leave enough space for a desk and study chair(s). Set them up when you have guests, or keep them compact to relax on during your lunch breaks, or even as seating area for mini meetings.

Home office guest room

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No space for a daybed? Make use of wall or window space with in-built ones.

Home office daybed

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2 Upper Cabinets

Save floor space for beds, desks, and tables, and keep your storage high with in-built wall cabinets and shelves. They’re as good for stationery as they are for spare blankets.

Wall shelves study room

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3 Folding Beds

You can even keep the bed covert by building a wall of cabinets and storage with a fold-out bed. Stow it away when not in use to keep the room clutter-free and ease foot traffic.

folding bed home office

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4 Partition

Cordon off your chair and desk with a sliding door or floor-length curtain so that each space can be used separately whenever the need arises.

curtain divider bedroom

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The Kitchen/Dining and Homework Room

Another combo that makes sense is the kitchen or dining area with a workspace for the kids to solve math problems or for the adults to do the same with their bills.

1 Kitchen Island or Peninsula

The difference between a kitchen island and a peninsula is that the latter is attached to a wall. If you have enough space, a kitchen island is not only useful counter surface, but with the addition of comfortable stools, a solid workspace.

Kitchen island

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If you only have space for a one-wall or a L-shape kitchen, then keep one corner free of appliances and storage to use it as workspace.

Kitchen peninsula

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2 Hybrid Table and Chairs

Shop for tables that don’t look like old-fashioned, formal dining tables. Quick tip: Skinny legs and clean lines make a versatile table – perfect for plates and books alike.

As for chairs, no “officey” or classic dining chairs; consider instead cushy chairs that are suitable for both activities.

Dining table work

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3 Wall Storage

In-built wall shelves keep your books and reading materials within reach of the dining-work table and double up as a unique feature wall for that space. Store non display-worthy items into storage baskets or drawers; custom-build a shelf that meets your needs!

Dining area bookshelf

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Why you should care

Multi-purpose rooms optimise space and encourage interaction with family and guests.

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