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The traditional view of the American dream centers on a big house, sprawling yard and a white picket fence to hold it all in. But if you’re anything like me, modern reality means that a good chunk of us are living in little spaces with only the essentials. So how do you make your furniture work with you the best it can? Turns out modern designers are crafting pieces that you can easily customize, assemble, and break down to take with you when you’re ready to move on. Let’s check out some of our favorites!
When I moved into my new apartment, we had to somehow drag a giant wood dresser up two flights of stairs. Boy, do I wish I’d heard of Crisscross before my move. The pegboard furniture pieces ship flat-packed, and can be easily assembled and broken down again when you need to move it. The best part? No tools required! Forget your pre-conceived fear of complicated IKEA instructions; Crisscross is assembled simply by attaching the feet and fitting slots into place. Pegboards aren’t just for organization anymore!
A DIY 3D-Printed Lamp
If the thought of DIY-ing your own lamp sounds like overwhelming, check out this innovative lighting concept from design student Rowan Jackman. The parts arrive with the flexible wiring already running through the wood rods, so no need to worry about DIY-ing an electrocution. The connecting hinges are made with a 3D printer, meaning that you won’t need any additional hardware to assemble it. It’s sleek and minimal, and can be easily packed up to move despite it’s size.
Handmade TV Table
With the advent of Netflix and more laptop-friendly options, some people just aren’t watching TV like they used to. That’s why this custom, secret television storage table is so smart: you have the option to reveal a screen when you have guests, while it remains tucked away under a functional coffee table. You’ll need to check out the photos to see how the trick is pulled off!
Foldable Micro Kitchen
Architect Ana Arana has managed to pack the essentials of an entire kitchen into one 9-foot by 9-foot square space. The ingenious design houses “a sink, stove, refrigerator, microwave or toaster, trash can, countertop and storage” all in one, and everything tucks neatly away when not in use. And at the estimated cost of only 2,500 Euros to own, it’s a way cheaper (and stylishly efficient) investment to get everything you need in one little cube.
Secret Storage Desk
No one likes the look of bulky cables and power strips cluttering around a workspace, which is why this desk is such a great solution. The sliding compartment has an opening where your cords can be connected while staying out of sight, leaving your workspace for actual work. And with a minimalist modern design, you don’t have to sacrifice style for smart storage.
Flat Pack Furniture
Furniture that can be flattened to be displayed as wall art: the future (that we never knew we needed) is now. While a lot of furniture can be flat-packed during shipping, this is probably the only example of fully functional furniture that can be flattened and opened for use in seconds. The brainchild of designer Jongha Choi, this foldable furniture is an innovative way to ensure that a balance of functionality and open space.
Not every home has the space for a ton of different workspaces to suit different needs. That’s where the Adjus.table comes in: it’s an adjustable workspace where the height is manually changed by pulling a handle. Most adjustable tables are motorized, but this modern minimal design is a refreshingly simple alternative. And since they’re now being produced by a company that helps employ refugees in need, you can feel good about making such a smart investment.
Dining Wall Unit
Like with the previous entry, people who work from home might not have the room for a separate work and dining space. The solution to this problem was found by Mid-century designer Poul Cadovius, with a compact wall unit that offers storage, workspace and an extendable dining surface. Keep it folded down to work, extend the sides to serve more people, and keep other objects conveniently stored in one good-looking Danish modern piece.
Just because you’re living in a small space doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to entertain, but where to put a table and chairs when they’re not in use? In the couch, of course! This brilliant concept from designer Julia Kononecko transforms a comfy modern couch into a dining table and seating. So whether you’re munching on takeout by yourself or entertaining a group of friends, you have the perfectly customized eating solution.
If you’ve come across any other customizable furniture pieces, be sure to share them in the comments! And don’t forget to browse Krrb for furniture solutions that work for you.