Not everyone will have an immediate family the size of a rugby team, but for those who do, or who have extended families, or families who live abroad and come to stay often, you’ll know that finding furniture proportionate to the population of your relatives is no mean feat. In this blog, we’re thinking about the different types of furniture you might need when catering to larger families.
Since the average house only has three to four bedrooms, there’s a likelihood that your little ones might need to share. Obviously, bunk beds are a real space saver, taking up minimal floor space. There are plenty of options on the market that also have a trundle style bed underneath, allowing you to sleep a third person, especially useful for children’s sleepovers. Another option, if you have the height available to you, is this Triple bunk bed from Wayfair. Expect to hear many a rendition of ‘there were three in the bed, and the little one said…’.
Furniture that extends when needed and reverts to a smaller size when not in use is also particularly useful. Consider extending dining tables to accommodate your growing family. Berrydesign have a multitude on offer that can seat up to 22 people, with custom options if you need even bigger than this. However, you’ll probably need to install another oven if you’re catering to that many hungry mouths.
Furniture for bigger families is all about being multifunctional and making things work as hard for you as you do for your family. So benches and seating units with hidden storage can be extremely handy. They’re useful for storing clutter inside and displaying things on top, plus they act as an extra seat in living rooms. This offering below from The Cotswolds Co is chic and doubles as a bench-style seat and shoe-tidy for your hallway, while this coffee table from Made.com is super sleek and functional.
Just like families, sofas come in all shapes and sizes, so you should always be able to find one that’s right for you. For larger families, corner sofas, like these offered by Arlo & Jacob are usually the way to go as they fit snuggly into the available space and provide ample seating. Other options include modular sofas which can grow alongside your family and storage sofas to hide toys.
A fun and extremely affordable storage solution is this Brix modular, eco-friendly shelving system made from cardboard. Stack them as needed and get the kids to be creative in their bedrooms, making tidying up less of a chore and far more fun.