7 October 2015

CHOOSING FLEXIBLE FURNITURE FOR A SMALL FLAT // INTERIOR INSPIRATION

choosing flexible furniture for a small flat

Choosing any piece of furniture for our flat can be a laborious task, as much as I would love to ooh and ahh over the latest trends and designs I always have to ask myself Is this furniture flexible? When living with limited storage and space at home, and especially with a child that likes to leave a trail of toys in his wake I try to be very considered when investing in a new piece.

I often turn to the delights of Pinterest for ideas and inspiration on how to create space and still achieve my style at home. One of my current crushes is the trusty bench, I love how versatile they are and how they can be used at home: To create light and space at a dining table, in the hallway to hide shoes under, as a shelf to display objects on or to create a cosy space to sit and read, there are so many options! Look at these beauties.

flexible furniture for a small flathallway spaces with flexible furniture pinterestdisplay items on a bench

So when I was offered the chance to try out the Talia Bench c/o Habitat from their Dining Room Range I was super excited to see how it could be flexible in our home. Available in Warm Grey and White, I knew the clean design would fit into both traditional and contemporary interior making it a piece that would last any interior trends and the Scandi colour would sit perfectly with our palette. 

Evening supper with the Habitat Talia Bench

As we have no dining room theres a lot going on in our lounge, with a collection of sofa, seats and side tables as well as our dining table for meal times. One of my main concerns when decorating the room was how cluttered it would feel with all our furniture with it being a multi-purpose room, and the high backed chairs at the table somehow made it feel a little cramped. 

So first I introduced the bench into the lounge and was surprised at how much lighter the room felt for having a seat that tucks below the table. It gave the appearance of space and I love the idea of little feet all in a line at waiting for pudding, plus F seemed higher up too! 

flexible furniture for small spacesBoy and bear
Also being quite narrow and light the Talia Bench is easy to move around to create extra seating for friends, making it perfect for parties and gathering. As we have no where to store our original dining chairs I wondered how else I could use this piece in our flat and after good few hours lost in the world of Pinterest I decided to try it in the bedroom.
simple storage with the Talia Habitat Benchusing a bench as flecible furniture at home

We currently use a battered Ikea chest of drawers as the place to keep piled books and blankets by the bed, and has been on my replace list due to the amount of floor space it takes up. I decided to try the bench at the end of the bed and was super happy with the results. It's perfect for keeping a few books at reach, a blanket or even a morning cuppa, and F loves to sit on it at the end of the bed and chatter or pretend he's on a pirate ship. It also hides all of the storage ugly under the bed *whoop*. 

Would you swap dining chairs for a bench? I think I'm totally converted and love it when one piece of furniture can work in so many different ways. It's making me look at other pieces of furniture and how we can upcycle, sell or replace to create functional space and style.  



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24 comments

  1. Love that bench, I would love benches instead of dining chairs x

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  2. I love that bench. I remember my mum having a dining table that came 2 benches and as a child I loved it so would give anything to have it in my flat!

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  3. Now I would like a bench. I like the idea of having one at the bottom of the bed.

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  4. I love it. I think a bench is a great alternative for kids to sit at the table and I love the classic lines of this one

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  5. That is gorgeous!! I have a round table as it's the only thing that fits in with my open plan living - dining - kitchen space but it is literally my DREAM to have a bench at the end of the bed (I know, I need to get out more ;). I just love the colour, it's fab x

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  6. I was actually looking at a table with benches on Saturday - love how this one looks

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  7. I love the idea of benches instead of chairs and am now wondering if it's feasible here

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  8. Sadly we have a round table so a bench would not work but its gorgeous. I want your bird cushion

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  9. What a gorgeous flat! Having lived in Scandinavia for a couple of years, I think I am qualified to say you have that kind of look just right! :)

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  10. What a great idea with the bench, it looks so good x

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  11. I love benches and the one you chose is especially lovely. We have an old church pew and it gets used as seat, somewhere to put and take off your wellies and as a seasonal book shelf too.

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  12. It's a lovely bench and very flexible - it's important to think how you can re-use furniture after the purpose you bought it for has ended.

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  13. Love it - great colour and style. It works really well at the table but also by the bed. x

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  14. Such a fantastic piece - I love that it works well for lots of different purposes. And the colour is beautiful too. x

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  15. I love a good bench/cupboardy bench type thing. We have a few in our house that get moved around. They're great for tables as you can sit more kids together.

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  16. Oh, yes, I probably would, a bench used in the living/dining area can have this rustic feel and takes me back to childhood and my granny's house and all its warmth and loveliness.xx

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  17. Love the bench and the bird cushion. Your pictures are great and your flat looks lovely

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  18. I love a nice bench, and that one is very stylish - I think Syd is almost old enough that I would trust him not to fall backwards by larking around!

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  19. This is such a great way of using the space you have. I love the simplicity of it all.

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  20. I would love to get rid of some of our dinning chairs and put a pew in the dinning room. I love the idea of using the bench at the end of the table.

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  21. Ooh lovely and what a great way to maxmise space too. The flat is looking great. We used to have a table and benches funnily enough. They were fab. One day I hope for a gigantic wooden table and matching benches - much bigger than what we have currently LOL! x

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  22. I love that bench...I wish my place looked as tidy as yours, it's so stylish and the bench fits in perfectly!!

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  23. what a cute bench although i could imagine my toddlers pushing each other of them all the time!!!

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  24. What a lovely place you have. Love those mugs with the bird handles! We keep saying a dining table with benches would be lovely in our kitchen....another thing to add to our list of 'wants'!

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