Adding New Functionality to Existing Pieces

Adding New Functionality to Existing Pieces

Colleen Quinn
Aug 17, 2011

In a world where space is often at a premium, we are always on the lookout for multi-function furniture to help maximize space. One look at this three-in-one bench/desk/shoe rack is all you need to see that it not only maximizes function, it maximizes style as well. This one of kind handcrafted piece serves as an inspiration to any DIYer to think outside the box when designing a room.

The product of a talented craftsman and DIYer, the combination bench/desk was a wonderful dual-function piece that also made quite the design statement. Then Logan pumped it up another notch by crafting a shelf to hang underneath and hold a small collection of shoes that had a tendency to gather by the front door.

Though not everyone is lucky enough to possess Logan's metalworking skills, the willingness to assess an existing piece to look for ways to increase its functionality is a skill we can all develop. The key step is to identify a continuing problem in your home, then brainstorm innovative ways to try to meet that need with pieces that already exist in your home. Once you have identified your key problem, search the web for creative ideas for how to solve it, ideas that can help you to reassess existing pieces in your home.

When space and money are at a premium, looking for ways to creatively adapt existing furniture can become an enjoyable necessity. An underutilized coffee table can become a much needed bench in your entryway. An half-empty bookcase can become a small home office/work station. The ottoman crowding your living room can find a new home at the end of your bed. The kitchen cart that moved with you from your last apartment can find new life as a bar in your new dining room. All it takes is a creative eye, and a willingness to experiment, to transform your space and add a little extra functionality to pieces you already love.

Image: Logan from One Forty Three.

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