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The Art of Single Room Living

The last 20 years has seen a dramatic change in the conventional living space model, from young professionals living alone to blended families trying to make the best use of space in a home. Also there’s the modern phenomenon of older adults living in the family dwelling and when these factors come into play there’s a requirement for greater flexibility than ever before. Single room living really takes on a new meaning.

A living room may have to double as a guest room or be used as a temporary bedroom for students returning from term time at university. The old fashioned box room can find itself housing a growing business or unexpectedly becoming a bedroom for a resident grandchild. Where once the dining room table did duty for homework or the occasional evening rush job from the office, we now have to find space in our homes for computers, laptops, game consoles and media centres.

These new space requirements push traditional room configurations into redundancy and new furnishing innovations have to take centre stage. If one room is your entire living space, then making it an enjoyable environment that accommodates all your needs is a challenge worth thinking through.

An old fashioned bed will inevitably become a focal point for change when it’s a ‘bedroom you have to live in’. Exchanging a bed for a futon dramatically alters the feel of the room. New innovative designs of convertible sofa beds are perfect; the styling is discreet and can fit in perfectly with your lifestyle and décor.

Whether you prefer a wooden or metal framed futon or a more unobtrusive daybed style sofa bed, accessorizing will ensure the seating and sleeping element of your blends perfectly. Follow our top tips for single room living and make your space fit your character.

• If you have a separate futon mattress, consider adding a casing or cover in a colour that compliments other accessories in the room. This will prolong the life of your mattress and also make the futon a colour focal point for the room.
• Build subtle storage into furniture; a chest or trunk or deep drawer in a bookcase can house your bedding so it is less obvious the room is also where you sleep.
• Soften the lines of your futon with pillows or throws to personalise it and create the illusion of a permanent sofa.
• Ring the changes; to stop 4 walls becoming dull or monotonous, change your ornaments, pictures and accessories from time to time. A seasonal facelift can really brighten a room and freshen your feelings about it.
• Keep it clutter free. Small spaces become unmanageable quickly if the mess builds up. Find a place for everything and make sure you have paper bins handy to throw rubbish out. Help yourself relax by going to bed in a tidy room each night.

When it comes to space economy, futons and day beds are the future of home furnishing; versatility and flair all in one!