Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

Design your life to include more money, health and happiness with less stuff, space and energy.

5 Pieces of Weird Transforming Furniture

Transforming furniture can be extremely useful in one’s quest to do more with less. It has the ability to make a room do double or triple duty, allowing you to live in a space much smaller than you might have suspected. But it’s not safe to assume that all transforming design is created equally. Some of it is downright weird, redundant or kinda useless. Here are a few examples of furniture that works overtime, doing jobs no one needs done:

The Sensei Chair by Claudio Sibille 

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What’s weird: When you face these chairs down, they make a low coffee table. But I would think the times you really need a low coffee table and extra surfaces is when you have guests over–a time when you also need extra chairs.

Clapperboard Series of Shelves from Elsa

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What’s weird: The shelves of these sleek cabinets conveniently stow away when not in use. But what happens to the stuff that they once held? It’s put on the floor? On another shelf? On the table? Me no understand.

Interchangeable Picnic Table and Garden Bench

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What’s weird: Several readers have passed this clever design on to me and I’ve contemplated writing about it in a non-weird context. But something about it doesn’t quite add up. Yes, a bench and picnic table are sufficiently discrete pieces of furniture, but I don’t know if they’re that different as to justify the complexity this piece entails–adding hinges and movable parts has to make the thing more prone to breaking. A picnic table can be used as a bench. In fact, when you sit with your back to the table, it can even have back support. Oh, and the picnic table supports four people.

Sofa Pool Table

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Back in college I used to play quite a bit of pool (or billiards is you prefer). I can say with reasonable confidence that this is probably the last table I would have wanted to play on. Besides its tiny size, there’s a huge lip at the sofa’s back, making some shots difficult. And the odds of the pool-table surface having a slate underneath (what gives most tables their solidity) is highly unlikely. Also, the sofa is pretty ugly.

Range/Sofa Thingy by Someone

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If you’ve ever been torn whether to have a cooktop or a boxy, uncomfortable-looking chair in your living room, you may no longer have to decide. This transforming range/lounge chair does it all with a simple roll of a chair. I suspect however few people are so torn, making this contraption the answer to a question never asked.

  • clarkbennett

    I like the shelf concept, things come in and out of your life so you don’t always need the self space. A good friend of mine has a pool table that turns into a dinning room table which works very well for him as he only needs a dinning table a few times a year but plays pool several times a week. He drinks too much so it’s best for him to stay home and play pool than to go out and play pool then drive home drunk. Who am I kidding, he’s often to drunk to go out an play pool.

  • HIMNEF

    I agree with clarkbennett that it’s nice to have the option of increasing or decreasing shelf space (and dust-collecting surfaces) as needed, depending on the stuff that comes into and our of your life. Something else that occurred to me is that if you normally keep certain fragile or hazardous objects on the lower shelves, you can easily move them higher up (and shut the lower shelves) whenever there are pets and/or small children around.

  • Tania

    I like the Clapperboard! As you edit out items you own, you can close up shelves. Or it can house items that are constantly moving in and out (like retail selling space in a business). If I have less library books borrowed in a particular month, less shelves are needed. If you are using the shelves in a rental space or a guest space, your tenant or guest can customize the storage.

  • Mindy

    Omg, this was funny.