“Honey, let’s rearrange the furniture!” is probably the last thing a man wants to hear when he comes home from work on a Friday afternoon. But my husband always embraces my schemes and ideas no matter how wacky, which is why I love him so!
Fortunately, with the furniture we have, this wasn’t difficult. We were able to swap our dining area with our living area in a few minutes. Usually, we like to have our lounge chairs face the living room windows. But this way, we can eat our breakfast in front of the living room window, to make the most of the winter sun.
Which reminds me of a story. When we moved here, I told the removalists to put our old couch in front of the window, but they put it with the back facing the window instead. Why would I want to turn my back on such a great view?! They thought we would be able to put our TV on the opposite wall, but since we don’t have a TV, we can put our furniture anywhere we want. I don’t think those guys move many families who don’t own a TV.
Sitting at my dining table now, I’ve been thinking about the Lego Furniture Theory, and how it makes small space living easier. For example, one thing I’d really like to do is create a reading nook somewhere in my home: I’d love to have a place where I can sit down with a good book. Reading is one of my favourite pass-times, but I’ve realised I need to make more time for it. I think I can do it with the furniture I already have, and a little reorganising.
When your furniture has Lego properties, you can easily rearrange your furniture on a whim, making it easy to make the most of the space you have.
So, when furnishing a small space, look for:
- Items which can be pulled apart and put together in new configurations. Four storage ottomans can be pulled apart to become extra seating, or put together to become a coffee table. Two Barcelona chairs can become a couch, or can face each other when having coffee with a friend.
- Items which can be repurposed for different uses. I have used the same little table as a hall table, bedside table and desk.
- Items which are lightweight and easy to move. Anything on castors is easy to move quickly. But also, furniture should look lightweight i.e., made from transparent materials or with tapered legs. This allows light to pass through, and doesn’t drag a space down.
PS: Recently, I explained that I was thinking about selling this cabinet. Well, I’ve decided what I’m going to do. I’m looking for a G Plan room divider similar like the one featured in this room from Homes and Antiques magazine. I could use something like this to display all the treasures I’ve picked up at junk shops, and to divide up the zones in my home. With these kinds of dividers, they are usually nicely finished on the back too, so you can use them in the middle of the room. See my Dream Home pinboard for more pictures of G Plan room dividers.