Maybe you’re making room for a new baby’s nursery or that cave of collectibles you’ve always wanted. Or maybe you just like living small. No matter what your motivation is for maximizing your space, the best way to do it is by combining two functions into one room. Here are five classic double-duty room combos we see all the time, proving that when it comes to a thoughtful layout, you can kill two birds with one stone.
1. Dining Room + Office
Eating and working don’t always go well together. But as long as you don’t get crumbs in the keyboard, combining these two lesser-used spaces makes sense (just check out the Brooklyn home of graphic designers Jeanette and Mike Abbink from Dwell magazine for proof). An expansive desk can transform into a bar or sideboard for parties, or make the table your desk with a beautiful portable office cart.