Ever been to an impeccably designed home and wondered where on earth you’re supposed to actually sit? Or had dinner at a friend’s around a stunning antique dining table that, granted, looks gorgeous, but is so small you spend the entire evening bumping elbows with your neighbour? In interior design, comfort and functionality are often overlooked in the name of ‘style’. You only have to look at some of the more ‘out there’ designs to realise that some pieces are more a work-of-art than a genuinely useful household item.
But when we look at what we want to get out of our own interiors, it all boils down to the fact that a home is meant to be lived in. It should give you that unbeatable, dreamed-about-all-day comfort that helps you unwind after a hard day in the office. It’s supposed to enable you to do the things you want to do, no questions asked – host dinner parties, have guests to stay, sit comfortably in front of the telly – you know, the simple things. That’s why we’re a big fan of not just comfortable furniture, but all those nifty little inventions that, once invested in, make you realise what you’ve been missing all along. Here are five designs that excel in either comfort, usefulness, or both, and get you on your way to a home that’s truly liveable in.
5. The So-Not-Last-Century Sofa Bed
Sofa beds feel kind of retro, don’t they? But trust us, they’re just as valid now as they were in the ‘90s – if not even more so. Today, the once rickety old futon has become a fully functional, expertly designed, utterly chic item of furniture that’s not only a means to an end, but a gorgeous addition to sleek interiors. Just look at this Espirit Fabric Chaise Sofa Bed for example. Not only is it beautiful to look at, it pulls out into an additional sleeping space and has storage for pillows and bedding. A piece of furniture that’s both extra comfy and useful in multiple ways? Well that’s our favourite kind.