Dual-purpose furniture can transform a room

May 4, 2015
This eye-catching unit can easily switch between a desk and a bed.

Dear Debbie,

We would like to be able to accommodate travelling friends a few times a year. Our second bedroom is my home office. Could it also be a guest room? It’s not large, eight by 10 feet.


Dear Arthur;

When you are planning a space that has a dual purpose, your best option is to find furniture that also can be transformed depending on the requirements of the day. Resource Furniture has a product line that is uniquely suited to your challenge. Their multi-function furniture line is designed to be what you need when you need it, and then tucked away.
The Cabrio IN unit shown here is a desk as well as a bed. With this unique design, made in Italy by Clei, there’s no need to clear away your desktop, simply lift it up and pull down the bed. A modular storage cabinet and shelving system fit seamlessly beside the desk/bed unit. Your work papers and files can be stored in the closed cabinet, and the book shelves stocked with a music system, reading material, lamp and vase of fresh-cut flowers for your guest.
Decorate the room with a cheerful motif; fuchsia and golden yellow make wonderful accent colours that you could pick up in a striped wallpaper.
There are larger units if you require a double or queen-size bed, but for a small room, the twin works well, taking up about 41 inches from the wall when open. They have lots of ideas for the other rooms in your home: dining tables and chairs that collapse and can be stored away, storage units tucked under stairs, and their Stealth Kitchen — it’s all hidden away behind wall panels. resourcefurniture.com.

Dear Debbie,

I have a typical three-bedroom bungalow where the bedrooms, bathroom and linen closet are all off a relatively short hallway. Hall lighting is a fixture flush to the ceiling. Suggestions to brighten the space?


Dear Linda,

Why not replace your existing fixture with one of the new thin track lights? You can then position three or four small spotlights along the track angled toward the rooms and the closet. The light will spill down the walls and brighten up the entire hallway. You can find these tracks at your lighting store, or check flos.com.