Let's look back at the history of multifunctional and ergonomic furniture. In earlier times, probably until the end of the last century, they were something very unusual and were the exception rather than the rule. Space-saving furniture was something that was used for a time until the “real” furniture was not used. However, that has changed a lot over time. The smaller apartments became more and more common and were no longer perceived as a sign of the low standard. They wanted to live fully functional on a small living space and that became modern. For many people, this was a conscious decision in line with the character of our modern society. Multifunctional, space-saving furniture was therefore increasingly a designer piece. They are accents in the interior that you like to show off.
Example of retro furniture in a modern design
What can you call modern space-saving furniture?
With the following 80 ideas we would like to illustrate how exactly super modern space-saving furniture can be characterized. Surprisingly, that doesn't mean that they always have a super current or futuristic appearance. Even a retro design from the middle of the last century could look very trendy.
It is only important that the piece of furniture fits the design and that the whole looks uniform. Modern space-saving furniture usually has an original design with very well thought-out functionality. However, this is not particularly noticeable. So the aesthetics are unharmed and they are what particularly impresses guests when they visit. In other words, the practical use is seamlessly packaged with an excellent and bespoke appearance. Compromises on quality are inadmissible because, unlike in the past, such furniture is used every day and not only in an emergency.
Another trendy idea with a nostalgic design
We had just made it clear that practically any style could be suitable for space-saving furniture. It is more important that they are well registered in the general modern concept. They should also meet the other criteria just listed. Nevertheless, there are some styles that are more popular than others. We have this among other things in this article outlined about the furnishing trends. At the moment you are using the styles of 50s, 60s and the 80s back. That is why we have shown a number of such among our ideas for space-saving furniture. In terms of texture and color, they were adapted to the rest of the interior in such a way that the end result, despite the “nostalgic” aspects, appears trendy and even future-oriented.
You can set up an entire zone in a room with space-saving furniture
Participation in the spatial structure
Do you really want your space-saving furniture to look current? Then they should help shape the spatial structure. This task is usually solved as follows: A small piece of furniture defines a certain zone. In the picture above, the corner is for relaxation and maybe reading. A strategy that is often chosen is also one in which such a great piece of furniture ensures a visual balance in the room. This means that they are positioned in places that would otherwise look empty and without character. After all, despite small dimensions, space-saving furniture could visually divide a room into two or more areas. We see an excellent example of this below this text. A shelf, which also serves as a table and storage space, divides the room into two parts.
With this space-saving piece of furniture you can organize the whole room
The mirror surface and the wooden ornaments together create an effective contrast
Contrasts of different materials – rich in contrast and harmonious at the same time
At present, the high-contrast appearance is particularly popular due to the use of different materials. As you can see from our examples, among other things, wood and metal are often used at the same time. We also often see a base made of wood and surface with upholstery. Wooden benches and stools with storage space in them are particularly often executed in this way. The base of furniture with upholstered cushions can also be made of plastic or metal. The contrasts between the different materials and fabrics are effective and at the same time very subtle. This comes from the application of light or neutral variants of the otherwise glaring shades. Furthermore, the classic colors black, gray, white and brown are used very often.
The side table in the corner ensures visual balance in this room
Combination of closed and visible surfaces
Finally, we would like to draw your attention to one aspect of space-saving furniture. This has become particularly popular in the past few months. Most pieces of furniture have storage space and this is partly open and partly locked. This has many advantages from both an aesthetic and a practical point of view. On the front you often have attractive looking grids or nets. In addition, people like to pair open shelves with drawers or put sliding doors in front of them.
The modern gray color gives space-saving furniture a particularly contemporary look
Semi-transparent doors in front of storage areas are very modern
Such ideas with wooden grids are just as trendy
The sliding door on the side makes this piece of furniture modern and practical at the same time
Another nostalgic piece of furniture in a modern context
The metal and the wood create an effective contrast
Stools with storage space are popular space-saving furniture
We experience wooden surfaces with different paintwork and grain
This green color has been particularly topical in recent years
Braided baskets can visually transform wonderfully multifunctional pieces of furniture
Table on several levels next to a sofa
Bar tables can also offer convenient storage space
In this example we experience a contrast between gray surfaces and golden accessories
The classic shape of this small table contrasts with the modern geometry of the accessories
Another idea for effective design with a grid
Excellent fusion between classic and modern
The ergonomic cabinet is an accent in this black and white room
Original front of a space-saving piece of furniture
Small dining tables can define the center of a small room
Ideas for small, functional pieces of furniture