It is amazing to watch your child grow to the point they are ready to go and live somewhere away from your home. Most parents impart advice about what to expect when their kids move out; however, one topic which is rarely discussed is furnishing the new home. It is rare that a child can move out of your home to live in a mansion, so it is important they buy furniture pieces which have more than one use. By buying key multi-use furniture pieces, their dollars go further, and they don't end up cluttering up their new abode. Here are three pieces of multi-use furniture that your child will find beneficial in their new living space.
A sofa bed is a key furniture piece for a very small apartment such as a studio. It saves money on having to buy the two separate items of a bed and a couch. However, not all sofa beds are comfortable. When furniture shopping with your child, make sure the salesman opens up the bed so your child can test its comfort. If the mattress is too thin or uncomfortable, that does not mean that the sofa bed is not a viable option because you can purchase mattress toppers which turn an uncomfortable mattress into a pleasure to sleep on.
Once you have the sofa bed, look for end tables that be used for other purposes. For example, a bedside table on each side of the couch can be used as an end table, the drawers used for storage, and if needed, the table can be pushed in front of the couch and used as a laptop desk. Look at the different designs of available end tables to envisage what other uses they have.
A rectangular ottoman is another versatile furniture piece. Its primary purpose is something to put your feet on, but an ottoman can also be used as a coffee table, a work desk, a storage compartment, and even a place to sit and eat your food. However, if you do intend to eat off the ottoman, make sure you either protect the fabric with a spray-on guard or buy an ottoman which is wipable. Stains on an ottoman quickly make it look like a grubby furniture piece.
Head down to your local furniture store with your child, and take a look at the pieces there with a fresh set of eyes. You'll be amazed at how many pieces can be used for more than just one function.