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Sakura Coffee to dining table, Pepper Square

Article by Nicole Swengley

Make the most of your living space by choosing flexible, multi-use furniture. Combining space-saving practicality with innovative technology, the latest designs are as future-proof as a Weston home. With sustainability high on the agenda, these chic eye-catchers are expertly crafted and designed to last. 

Power to Transform

Anderson transforming coffee to dining table, Pepper Square

Double-duty designs convert effortlessly from coffee to dining table or desk. Ozzio, an Italian expert in transformable tables, offers Bellagio (£1,520 from Go Modern; www.gomodern.co.uk) whose gas-powered mechanism raises its sleek top to dining or laptop level, revealing storage space below. Choose from a natural stone surface, Canaletto walnut or aged oak recycled from old Italian farmhouse roofs. A gas-powered structure similarly lifts and divides Ozzio’s Markus coffee table (£2,210 from Go Modern), creating a dining table/desk with bench seating. Equally chic is Anderson (£2,519 from online furniture specialist, Pepper Square; www.peppersq.com) whose gas-lifting mechanism raises its natural walnut top from 28cm to 80cm, converting the coffee table into a dining table seating six to twelve. Prefer a durable, heat-resistant, melamine top? Check out Pepper Square’s six-to-eight seater Sakura (£1,369) coffee-to-dining convertible.   

By Extension

Just 35cm deep, Ozzio’s A4 console (£2,970 from Go Modern) expands to a 12-seater dining table 267cm long. Pull it apart using the telescopic mechanism then combine four separate extensions, stored below the table in a matt graphite frame which pivots into a supporting leg. Another Tardis-like table is the oak console table (£399) from small-space experts, the Futon Company (www.futoncompany.co.uk) which hugs the wall then doubles in size to 80cm using an easy-glide, open-close mechanism. Traditional, wooden, drop-leaf tables are also good investments. Look for pre-loved bargains at local auctions.

DaFre Day home office wall unit Composition 3, Go Modern


Desks that miraculously vanish boost a healthy work-life balance. Hide your desk behind the glamorous doors of Pianca Plana’s versatile wardrobe system whose interior fittings could also conceal a TV unit and household appliances (from £820 at Go Modern). The Day collection by design-led Italian specialist, DaFre, is a modular system in a range of colours and finishes with a huge choice of storage, shelving (including desk area) and back-lit display units. Create a perfect dual-use home office with Composition 3 (£2,660 at Go Modern). Or combine an occasional-use desk with household elements like a pull-out ironing board, shoe cabinets or cupboard with integrated clothes airer in a customised DaFre Laundry Room Composition. Find inspiration for your own combos at Go Modern.  

An elegant alternative is the Bruton home office armoire (from £1,035 at The Dormy House; www.thedormyhouse.com). Its double-hinged doors wrap around the sides for use as pinboards when open. A pull-out keyboard shelf, base cupboard for printer (with rear cut-out for wires) and adjustable filing shelves can all be hidden away. 

Fusion desk transforms to single bed in oak, Pepper Square

Contemporary, slimline desks can double as dressing tables. John Lewis offers a good selection such as Swoon’s Penny desk (£320). Equally adaptable is the Futon Company’s oak Ladder desk, £279, which simply leans against a wall.  Meanwhile Pepper Square’s Fusion desk converts into a single bed using an innovative patented mechanism, instantly turning a workspace into a guest room (£2,849 including mattress). 

New-wave Sofabeds

Ori sofabed by Another Country

Forget boxy and bulky. The latest sofabeds are smart, eco-friendly and easy to handle. Sustainably-sourced timber and slim mattresses filled with organic coir/wool define the Design Guild Mark-winning Ori sofabed by Another Country (£4,595 from furniture specialist www.twentytwentyone.com). Ligne Roset’s Multy Premier sofabed features folded cushioning over a slender steel frame (£2,168 from Heal’s; www.heals.com). Its cover unzips to create a duvet while sofa cushions double as pillows. A simple click-clack mechanism unfolds the Scandi-inspired Freya three-seater, made from FSC-certified timber, to a 108cm x 202cm sleeping area (£2,309 from Pepper Square). Or choose a stylish budget-buy like Habitat’s Roma velvet chairbed (single £230; small double £335; www.habitat.co.uk).