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How to design a multifunctional room

When your living room is a space in which you need to do different daily activities, or in other words, when it's multifunctional, flexibility and functionality are essential. See how this can be done if you know what you're doing: here's how you can design a living room that can be transformed into a bedroom, office and dining room.

A small space that is currently arranged like a living room, which includes a table with wheels and a grey modular sofa unit.
A small space that is currently arranged like a living room, which includes a table with wheels and a grey modular sofa unit.

Are there more people than bedrooms in your home? Do you need space for the office? And dining room? This isn't what you normally want from your home, but don't worry. Find out here how there's space for everything in your living room if you know what furniture to choose and how to distribute it in the space available. 

The key to designing a truly functionally space that serves as a living room, bedroom, work space and dining room is fluidity. Solutions must be multifaceted, moveable and easy to store. 

How to integrate a sofa bed into a small living room 

Whether your sofa bed is for you to use every night or for regularly having guests to stay, it's best to choose a model that's easy to open and close. 

Here are two VALLENTUNA modules that give you a double bed in a flash, but which can also be moved about depending on your needs. 

In addition, footrests with storage work great for holding bedding and pillows during the day and to access them easily at night. Also, if you have a sofa bed that you use regularly, consider using a small table with wheels that can be moved from side to side and even used as a night stand. 

Storage space in a multifunctional living room 

Arrange the space around the bed to make it comfortable and to store things: 

  • The tall modules on each side of the bed serve as a wardrobe for clothes and accessories. You can set up one for you on one side and another for your partner on the other.  
  • Modules above the headboard are ideal for storing things you use less frequently (Christmas decorations, costumes, luggage, etc.). 
  • Finally, the option of having a shelf behind the sofa is really great. It means you can use it for a reading lamp, decorative items and the alarm clock; and below it, you can hide luggage and large bags.  

Ideas for setting up an office in the living room  

At first glance, it might not seem easy to have a work space in such a small living room; but nothing is impossible... To be able to work in good conditions, here are some basic ideas that may be useful: 

  • Choose a narrow desk and cabinets to hold documents and a laptop. 
  • Use desk lamps that don't occupy much space. Don't waste a single centimetre! 
  • Avoid having lots of things scattered around the desk, and dedicate a space for them in the wall cabinets. 
  • Complement the storage solutions with interior organisers to store magazines and notebooks. 
  • Assign a box to each family member that uses that space, whether it's to work or do homework.  



Want more ideas? Take a look at this video: Set up a remote work space at home in a flash. 

Create a dining area in a flash! 

Following the theme of the multifunctional living room, now it has been adapted into a dining area. Here are some ideas. 

  • Arrange the space for eating by putting the two desks in the middle of the living room. 
  • Also use the desk chairs and a couple of foldable chairs (which you can hang back on the wall when you've finished eating).
  • Store the tableware in easily accessible solutions so you don't have to make so many trips to the kitchen.
  • Textiles like napkins, placemats and tablecloths can be folded and stored in drawers; plates, bowls and cutlery in cabinets


TV series and films in the living room 

Any living room needs a space to be able to watch series and films. Use small storage solutions, both open and closed, to hide large objects and everything you don't want on display. Keep the router, video players, etc. visible. Interior organisers (boxes, baskets, etc.) are essential for keeping everything in order. 
You'll be surprised by the impact of the right lighting and simple decor. Use soft, indirect lighting in the TV area and thick curtains to prevent reflections. 

We love it when customers use our products in a creative way. Why not try to do something new with them yourself? But do remember, any modifications or changes that you make to IKEA products will prevent them from being resold or used for their original use, thus invalidating IKEA product warranties and your right to return.