The bed in the bedroom and the sofa in the living room are the two most used pieces of furniture in your home. Those who have to deal with limited space will generally choose the bed over the sofa to furnish their interiors. Sofa beds are a nice way around this problem because as the name suggests, they can be converted either to a sofa for the day time or a comfortable bed for night time. Considering a sofa bed for furnishing your small bedroom or for your living room when you have unexpected guests to sleepover is a smart space saving idea.
Sofa beds are both practical and versatile and there are a large number from which to choose. Whether you prefer an L-shape to fit a corner, a bunk bed sofa bed for a small children’s bedroom or a 3-seater sofa bed for furnishing a large room, there is a sofa bed that suits nearly every purpose.
We have put together the most original shapes and cool sofa bed designs for you to get some ideas when it comes to deciding on the best sofa beds for your needs.
1- The five sleeper sofa bed
Designed by Ole Jensen, this sofa bed is specifically appropriate for unexpected guests who stayover. The sofa area consists of five sleeping bags stacked one above the others. -source
2- The transformer bunk sofa bed
At first sight this sofa bed looks fairly innocent but its brilliant system actually enables this sofa to open up into a bunk bed, two twin sized beds one on top of the other. -source
3- The modular sofa
Not entirely a bed but definitely sofa, this piece of furniture is entirely modular for comfortably sitting up, lying down or laying back. Its ingenious design enables a wide number of configurations. - source
4- The all-in-one sofa
Designed by Zuiver this classic looking sofa actually embraces several functionalities and features. Among others, a fold out footrest, a flip-up backrest and also a handy in-built shelf to store newspapers and magazines. -source
5- The Cat Tunnel Sofa
One of our favourites, this sofa designed by the Korean Seungji Mun features a tunnel running along the edge of the furniture for your cat to have fun with. -source
Camille is a furniture enthusiast and writes on behalf of Wedo Beds. For more sofa bed inspiration, Wedo Sofa Beds offers a large range of classic and contemporary sofa beds available in a choice of different material
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 30 October, 2012
One of our favorite finds at the Clerkenwell Design Week was the massive and impressive lamp from Muuto. To us, the “Under The Bell” is more than just a lampshade. Its wide dome gives the sensation of openness and it causes the space underneath to seem both larger and more sheltered. Coupled with the fact that its recycled plastic felt absorbs sounds, and therefore improves the room’s acoustics, this lamp simply fosters a feeling of togetherness while providing a chic modern flair. It’s available for purchase now!
ISKOS-BERLIN ON THEIR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY
“We see design as an art of storytelling. This story is normally quite complex, consisting ofsemantics, morphology, materiality, technology of objects and many other elements. But the clearer your story is, the more likely people are to understand it. The more surprising you make your story, the more likely they are to remember it. And finally the more you make people smile, the more likely they are to love it!”
More products from Muuto here.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 4 June, 2012
Build your own bookcase/ storage with this Stacked shelf system designed by JDS Architects. It’s cool, prctical and give you the freedom to be creative in your own place.
JDS Architects on the design: “How to be specific and generic altogether? Shelving systems have a tendency to achieve one concern but never both. We decided to dimension shelving units based on the generic measurements of things to store and display while allowing for them to be combined according to specific needs and desires…” MATERIAL painted MDF, pine, smoked ash COLOUR white, pine, smoked ash DIMENSIONS 218x436x350 mm (small); 436x436x350 mm (medium); 654x436x350 mm (large) OPTIONS with or without backboard”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 May, 2012
They always say if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it – and same is true for this 1997 Function Tile design. Droog designers Peter van der Jagt, Erik-Jan Kwakkel, and Arnout Visser designed the tile system that allows your tiny bathroom to have all of the amenities of a large one and then some.
Posted by Dana Pruskowski at 10 December, 2010
Artist and Designer Donald Rattner celebrates the launch of his online store, Art-Re-Thought, today with a month long exhibition ’Pop-Up Store’ in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn. It features the first fully-customizable and co-creative modular art collection ‘ModulA.R.T’, with scalable contemporary geometric art modules that can be pieced together in an infinite number of ways. Read More…
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 19 March, 2010
Are you practical, with a little flair for the unique and minimalist look? Do you have a stack of dusty books on your nightstand or haven’t been able to find your worn copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, because well, your bookshelf is a disaster of tetoring memoirs and fiction, untouched for years because you can’t keep it organized. Fear not, there’s a bookshelf out there for you. Lago has come up with a system that’s a simple, design it yourself bookshelf- one of the most unique bookshelves I’ve seen yet. You can create your own wall composition and art, yet it’s multifunctional! With basic materials, unique shapes and the exciting design-it-yourself aspect, you can combine your love for literature and design all in one.
Here is Lagolinea modular shelving system:
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Posted by Chelsea Latimer at 24 December, 2009
The cliché goes that the bookish type is the boring type. We completely disagree. We here at ChicTip.com think intellectual curiosity is a bookmark of how interesting a person is. So why not select an innovatively designed shelving system to highlight the books that have helped mold our minds?
For the tot : Ladrillo Bookshelves by Magis
For the cool kid: Oeuf mini library
Designers Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan had a bright idea for Oeuf: to make a bookcase for a little one that’s as well suited for book storage as it is for toy storage. Little eggheads will delight in all the ample book space in this sizeable piece: the dimensions are 42″ (h) x 59″ (w) x 14” (d). Available in birch or walnut stain, the unit has four lateral shelves with vertical dividers staggered; two sections covered by sliding doors; and the piece is supported by two stick legs, giving mini library a decidedly playful, mod-retro look.
For the teen: Simply T Shelf by Furio Minuti
Since it’s not always easy to get high school kids psyched for studying, we have a positively cool choice for their bookshelves. The “Simply T” design allows the parent or the teen to design the configuration of T-shaped shelf units. They can be arranged in various ways — upside-down, sideways, at an angle, sporadically or in series… their arrangements can be as unpredictable as the book collections, or behaviors, of a teenager. The pieces are minimalist, arty if you will; the simple T shapes are constructed of moulded polyethylene and with an embossed surface. Available in white, black, red or orange.
For the romantic reader: Lovely Rita by Ron Arad
For the hip, yet sensible, urban reader: Wings by Contraforma
Without decorations, magazines or books set up on them, these innovate shelf units look like seagulls in flight; that is to say as pairs of wings. These kinds of freestanding shelves, which can be affixed directly to the wall, have been a godsend for small, urban apartments with no spaces for a bookcase. The sleek, minimalist, and angular design is inherently a bit masculine, so it’s fitting that the units are available in white, black, or gray. It’s also worth mentioning these
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 11 September, 2008