Simple Furniture

In a prior post I talked about what works as a Simple Wardrobe for me.

Along the same lines, the idea of one or two people living in a one or two room space (under 900 sq. ft.) is intriguing to me. It appeals to my sense of economy, simplicity and overall consuming fewer resources.

For the most part, if you think about it, in larger homes people gravitate to only one or two rooms most of the time anyway. For me, larger homes, with one or two people living in them, signify poor space planning and poor design. Why does anyone need more than one space in which to read, work or converse? Why live in a home with more bathrooms than people who use them?

There are better alternatives. Here’s the fun part. Living in a small space requires simple but thoughtful and flexible furniture. It should also be beautiful and elegant – why not? Everything should be available for numerous purposes. Plus it should be light weight and easy to move around as necessary.

It would be best if items were obtained from consignment or resale shops, Craigslist, garage sales or swapping. Many of the items below are no longer manufactured by mainline furniture manufacturers. Why not? Again, the furniture industry is DEEPLY ASLEEP.

Here are some ideas for a one or two room spaces. Many of the photos are from a Swedish real estate broker/stager – but the ideas are good. Get ready. Here we go.

Start with a sofabed. A few sofabed possibilities – most easy to create:

Add just one table. Your only table should be flexible. Extend and contract as needed for dining, cooking, office work. I wouldn’t recommend creating a separate dining area as it takes up way too much space compared to the amount of use. However if you want a table that can expand to create a dining area as needed try something adjustable – like these gate leg tables.

If you are using just one table, I would recommend a tea table (round pedestal 36 – 42 inch) that serves as coffee table, end table by a sofa, a desk or dining table. It can easily work as a bedside table too. Notice that those below are height adjustable.

Desk or small dresser can also work as a bedside table.

2 small storage ottomans or even stools at bed foot or foyer could be moved to the living area if needed for extra seating.

Here’s a bench that also works as a landing pad for the entry hall.

4 folding chairs to add to dining if needed but used elsewhere too – such as bedside tables in the bedroom perhaps? Extra points if the chairs also fold up for easy storage.

And of course consider flexible tables if you decide to go for a separate coffee table. Again, all of these have more than one possible purpose, starting with this chat-height table which can be used as a coffee table, end table, or for casual dining.

In the end a small space could be furnished with as little as a sofa or sofabed, one table and a side chair. Simple. Beautiful. Flexible.

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Flexible Furniture Moves

Yet another furniture arrangment to facilitate serving a sit-down dinner in the original “dining” area and allow for more seating near the fireplace.

Lightweight furniture makes it fast and easy. These two easy chairs are sturdy and comfortable but weigh very little. Flexibility is everything and a nice metaphor for life I think.

Photo R. Meshar
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Romantic “Porch” Before & After

What’s more American than the front porch? You may remember that I thought it would be nice to have a porch on the front of our townhouse. Well, we don’t have a front porch, but we do have a room that faces east at the front of our townhouse. It also has a large window that brings the outside in – much like a sunroom.

While it serves as an office, it would be nice to use it more often. It could be an afternoon reading space, a morning coffee space or an evening tea space.

Here’s my inspiration photo.


What do I like about this porch? The chair and table are the only furniture. It’s simple. It’s relaxed. There’s not too much here. Flowers add a summery feel. I like the white and honey-color wood.

Giving our room a “sun room” feel will encourage us to use it more often – perhaps for evening tea in the summer or for morning coffee in the winter. Lighter, brighter, more casual decor will be the enticement. Again, I want to use items I already have.

I’ll only use what we already have. First a comfortable chair, side table and lamp for evening use. Next add a plant or two, a pillow & cotton throw in bright colors.


After with cool summer colors –

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After with warm autumn colors –

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It’s coming along. Wicker baskets we had went a long way to organizing the office supplies. The pine table and green plants (moved from the living room) add warm color and life. The chair (my favorite and really comfortable) and lamp make a nice reading spot and the cotton rug feels good underfoot.

It still needs something on the wall above the desk, however. We’ll have to see what goes there . . .

Meanwhile, it’s brighter, more inviting. It’s a nice coffee spot. We’ve already been using this space more often.

Cost so far = FREE.

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Coat Check

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Fall is approaching. A good time to assess my front hall closet. How many coats and jackets do I really need? How much is enough?

Currently I have four coats & jackets that you can see here in the photo on the left. I have a white denim jacket, not shown here – so really five coats/jackets. I am checking resale shops for one mid-length, hooded jacket with a lining that could be used as both a raincoat, lightweight jacket and warmer jacket. Then I could donate my both the lightweight jacket and the raincoat.

In addition I have 2 pairs of winter boots and assorted gloves, mittens and scarves. How much is enough when so many have nothing? How much is too much?

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Colorful Container Garden

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A friend of mine enjoys gardening. Here’s a lesson in small space living; even though she has a balcony, not a yard, she hasn’t let that stop her from having an extravagant garden. Using a few terracotta pots and selecting rich, contrasting colors she created a balcony oasis. Take a look for yourself.

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Photo R. Meshar
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Photo R. Meshar

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