Favorite Multi-Functional Sofas

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Image: Mobilia

When is a sofa more than a sofa? When it’s also a chair, a bookcase, or a bed. You get the idea—and it’s a good one: multi-function is the name of the game. Who doesn’t love the convenience of having easy access to books, and an accessible shelf for a glass of wine too—right next to (and behind) you when you’re lounging? These are some of my favorites that provide more than one solution, and do so in style.

Game of Thrones

Leather Sofa
Image: Vitsoe

The Vitsoe 620 Chair Program, designed in 1962 by Dieter Rams and recently re-engineered, consists of a series of single chairs that can be interlocked to create a sofa of almost any length. It’s a great way to grow a classic furniture collection a bit at a time. And just imagine how versatile this is—it will grow or shrink to fit any space.

Store and Sleep

Sofa
Image: Design Within Reach

Design Within Reach offers the very stylish Havana Sleeper Sofa with Storage so you won’t have to rummage around in the linen closet to find sheets and pillows for the occasional overnight guest. Because of its sleek modern design, you’d never know it “folds out” and makes a bed, much less that it includes plenty of unseen storage under the seat.

Build to Suit

Build Your Own Sofa
Image: Johan Lenaerts for Verzelloni

Verzelloni’s Joe system allows you to build your own sofa arrangement from a variety of seats—with or without backs (and those backs come in two different heights), and with or without arms. It even includes two different types of accompanying tables (which actually double as the optional arms, once upholstered). With all of these options, the configuration possibilities are endless.

What is your favorite multi-functional piece of furniture?

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