How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room

How to fir 5 functions in one small multipurpose room
How to fir 5 functions in one small multipurpose room

Last week I shared the process I experienced in redoing my den/home office.

This week I want to describe all the functions this room has in my home. My house is small, only 700 sq. ft., so each room has to have a clearly defined purpose and no hassle functionality.

Not only must the decor please me, the transition from one use to another within the space must be easy to accomplish.

I achieved these goals very successfully in the new office makeover. I now have a space that performs the functions of 5 rooms.

Keep reading to find out how to fit 5 functions in one small multipurpose room.

Office

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A library table is a multi function piece of furniture that gets used as a desk and a dining room table | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
A library table is a multi function piece of furniture that gets used as a desk and a dining room table

The main function of this space is an office/library. I have my laptop computer set up on the fold-down library table and do the daily crossword, email and other correspondence, on­line research and shopping, bill paying, and make business calls here.

A rolling file cabinet fits under the table | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
A rolling file cabinet fits under the table

A wheeled filing cabinet is stored under the table for easy access to current files and office supplies.

The built in wall unit provides a lot of storage | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
The built in wall unit provides a lot of storage

I keep records and information pamphlets in labelled binders in an IKEA hacked built­in buffet. It is also used to store printer paper, writing paper, etc. while the printer rests on top. The open shelving has my decorating books and dictionary handy for convenient reference.

I love to sit in the old oak rocker (which came from my grandmother’s home) when I’m talking on the phone or reading a magazine. There is a small refurbished table handy to hold my tea or coffee cup.

Wall sconces above the table provide excellent work lights.

Dining Room

Adding a table cloth makes the desk into a dining room table | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
Adding a table cloth makes the desk into a dining room table

Because I try to keep the surfaces relatively clear of clutter, I can transform the den into a dining room with minimal effort. The laptop fits on top of the filing cabinet which stays under the table. Then, all I need is a pretty tablecloth or place mats to set the table for lunch. Small side chairs are at hand.

Adding an extra leaf in the table converts the room into a dining room | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
Adding an extra leaf in the table converts the room into a dining room

If I am having people over for dinner, I remove the rocking chair from the room, add another leaf to the table, bring in more side chairs, and place the office chair at the end. The top of the buffet makes an excellent serving space.

I love the fact that the room is separate from the rest of the house. This allows me to set up in advance. When guests arrive, they can relax in the living room with an appetizer and be seated at the table when I am ready to serve the meal. I find that, as the hostess, this arrangement makes me less flustered when entertaining because I feel very organized. No worries about last minute table setting or where to put guests as they arrive.

The room set up for dinner | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
The room set up for dinner

I can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people for a sit down dinner ­­a cozy and intimate arrangement that happens a few times a year.

Buffet

The wall unit set up as a buffet | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
The wall unit set up as a buffet

About once annually, I have a tea party to which I invite many friends and their children. It is a casual and fun event and I set up the “den” as a buffet. Then we clear all the surfaces and add two leaves to the table, extending it along the wall under the mirror. Chairs are removed as necessary. The table and buffet top are arranged with cups, tea, scones and dainties for my guests to help themselves.

Spare Bedroom

A Murphy bed is built into the wall | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
A Murphy bed is built into the wall

The most complicated transformation occurs when I have an overnight guest. There is a Murphy bed built into the wall.  In order for it to be pulled out, the table must be folded into its library size and pushed against the side wall. This is made easier by brass casters on the legs.

The table collapses to fit in the corner when the bed is down | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
The table collapses to fit in the corner when the bed is down

The filing cabinet nicely still fits underneath. The rocking chair and desk chair need to be removed and some of the pictures on the ‘Murphy’ wall taken down. Then the bed can be lowered.

The bed linen is conveniently stored in the cupboards above the agate wall art. It is a very crowded space when the bed is open but the bed is comfortable.

Roll down curtain blinds at the window and door provide privacy.

When not in use, the bed folds up into the wall | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
When not in use, the bed folds up into the wall

The guest usually closes the bed during the day to allow more freedom of movement…and you can barely tell there’s a bed in this wall.

Sewing Room

The room works well as a sewing room | How To Fit 5 Functions In One Small Multipurpose Room
The room works well as a sewing room

By expanding the table with one or two leaves, I can have a perfect cutting surface for sewing.

The sewing supplies are handy in plastic containers in the wall unit storage ensemble and my sewing machine is easy to set up on the table. Because the room does not impact the rest of the house, I like the convenience of being able to leave the project out until it is completed. Again the sconce lighting makes it easier to see detailed work.

Although the room only measures 8’ x 9’, it is certainly in no way wasted real estate! The space is used extremely efficiently. The fact that most of the functions are hidden is a big bonus. If you were to drop by, it looks like a very pleasant, comfortable library ­­ a place where one would love to be.

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4 Responses

  • Thank you so much for showing this. Last week when you mentioned the room as dining room, I could not picture it at all. Now, after your explanation and photo, I can. What a marvelous use of space! And it’s simply stunning to look at, too.

    • Thanks, Lenora! It took us a while to figure out how to make all this work in such a small space…but now that’s it’s finished we love it 🙂

  • WOW!! Absolutely stellar use of space! I am thoroughly impressed with its beauty and function. Thank you for sharing all these details. GREAT JOB creating this space!

    • Thanks, Christina! We are pretty happy with the way it turned out, too 🙂 I think it’s now our favorite room in the house.

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