Design Tips for a Multifunctional Home

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Premier Properties

When it comes to city life, finding the space in your home to do all things you love can be challenging. And these days, we’re home more than ever. As we adjust to our new normal, we need to adapt the way we live and the way we work. Many of us are using our kitchen counters as offices and our coffee tables as desks for remote learning. Therefore, our homes need to be more versatile than ever. So, here are some clever interior design tips to make your home a masterpiece of multifunction.


Where do you start in Designing a Multifunctional Home?

The first thing to remember when designing a multifunctional home is to consider your personal needs. Do you need a quiet place to work? Are you comfortable working where you sleep? Are your kids comfortable virtual learning in their bedroom? Those things matter because your productivity matters.

Here are 5 interior design tips for a multifunctional home that will make your space more workable for you as well as more desirable for prospective buyers.


1. Elevate Beds to Create More Space

Especially when it comes to kid’s rooms, space to play and space to sleep is crucial. Many city homes don’t have space for a dedicated play area. Bunk beds and loft beds elevate the sleeping space, making more room for play or study. Beneath loft beds, you can place a desk, book nook, or a pretend play area. These spaces grow with your child too. This extra space can be whatever it needs to be as your child ages. Bunk beds are ideal for children sharing a room and gives them communal space to play. Adults benefit from loft beds too. These days, there are many small space solutions for sleeping. The space beneath the loft bed may be used for work or even as a petite wardrobe. Again, this bonus space is the key to creating a multifunctional room.


2. Eat-in Kitchens Can Be Formal, Too

In small homes, eat-in kitchens are often your only dining option, and that’s okay! These days, everyone congregates in the kitchen, and that’s because it’s where all the action is happening: drinks are being poured and appetizers being prepared! You can capitalize on all that magnetic energy to which your guests are called. While you might not be hosting much these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t make a space that’s attractive for prospective buyers. Help them envision dinner parties and get-togethers around your kitchen island. Even a two-seater eat-in kitchen can be made more exciting by adding cloth napkins and place settings. Mood lighting may be added with small lamps or a set of lovely candles, and fresh flowers are always a welcome sight.


3. Bring Back the Murphy Bed 

The Murphy Bed was born of necessity – the inventor had a driving desire to hide his bed, so he could entertain his friends. Murphy beds have come a long way from their beginnings in small New York apartments. These days, there are murphy beds set into wardrobes, secret wall compartments, or can be mounted horizontally! Murphy beds are a unique way to hide away a sleeping area to reclaim floor space. Now a room can be used for study, crafting, playtime, and so much more. The only limit is our imagination!


4. Integrate Your Home Office…Anywhere!

Most of us living in the city are not lucky enough to have a dedicated office space. Thankfully, there are so many ways to integrate your home office anywhere you want to work in your home. It’s really about your comfort and ability to focus while you work. So, if you are happy to stand at your kitchen counter sipping coffee while catching up on your emails, that’s totally an option. If you prefer a dedicated area to sit and work, take a look around your home. There are plenty of murphy desks or tiny desks available to help you get your work done. A lamp will add extra lighting to work by, and a small area rug under the desk will define the space. Just like that, your workplace vignette will be complete.


5. Clutter Has No Place in a Multifunctional Home

Multifunctional spaces don’t work well if they take too long to transition. A multifunctional home should have integrated spaces, like the home office we discussed above, or it should take one or two steps to transition to another space. You can limit the effort needed by keeping things simple. In small spaces, home decor needs to be minimalist. Everything should have its place and utilize baskets and bins where necessary. Baskets and bins are easy to pick up and move to another area to make room for the desired activity. A clutter-free home also makes your rooms feel larger, and that’s attractive to home buyers.


If all these ideas and interior design tips are not enough to help you reclaim some space in your home, up-sizing is always an option. Today, many buyers are taking advantage of the low-interest rates to buy larger homes. As always, I’m here to offer guidance on today’s real estate market and to guide you in selling your home. While the pandemic is a challenge for us all, we’re learning so much about how to cope in order to continue living our lives, working, and educating our children.


This blog was first published on my website, on September 9, 2020.

Posted by

Terri Buseman

Your Real Estate Partner




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Comments (12)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Terri, very valuable list of tips for multifunctional home.

Oct 05, 2020 01:11 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Terri- I like the idea of Murphy Beds!  I consulted on a home in Boca and in their very large paneled study, they also had 2 Murphy Beds. 

Oct 05, 2020 04:51 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Oct 10, 2020 06:22 PM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Terri Buseman - I have not seen many of these in a while but the design ideas make good use of limited space.

Oct 11, 2020 05:13 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

These are great ideas to utilize space efficiently.. I love the desk under the bed idea.

Enjoy your day!

Oct 11, 2020 06:21 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I like your ideas, Terri. Fortunately, we are not really in need of these creative solutions, but I know others will benefit. D

Oct 11, 2020 08:04 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Great point to learn.  Thanks for sharing Terri Buseman 

Oct 11, 2020 02:05 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Terri Buseman ,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured your post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. Excellent post that I'm sure many will find useful! Thank you for sharing.

Oct 11, 2020 03:33 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Enjoyed reading your post-Terri Buseman and thanks to our Kathy Streib for featuring it this week. With so many people working from home, your information is perfectly timed.


Oct 11, 2020 07:55 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Terri Buseman,

A lot of good information for all of us to absorb. Thank you.

Oct 12, 2020 11:48 AM
Kimo Jarrett
Cyber Properties - Huntington Beach, CA
Pro Lifestyle Solutions

Designing a multifunctional space is a continuous work in progress, yet adapting by adding and removing furniture and equipment is sometimes difficult because of the office space. Great post.

Oct 14, 2020 12:38 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

These a great practical ideas. The raised bed--does give the room more space.  

And by getting rid of clutter and unnecessary furniture, you can create small nook here or there for an extra work space.

Oct 14, 2020 10:44 AM