You have moved into your new condo. Now, be eager to start shopping for furniture pieces. But before you get too excited and go on a furniture hunt all over the city, sit down and identify which ones you really need, depending on the size of your space and what suits your lifestyle. Here are some ideas to get you started:
1. Sofa Bed
This versatile piece is a condo must-have. It helps you save space, as your sofa during the day can transform into your bed at night. You can choose a sofa bed with a backrest that you can recline to form a single bed, or one with a seat cushion that you can unfold.
A sofa bed works especially well in a studio unit, as your spacious living room can become your coziest bedroom. Just don’t forget to deck it with comfy pillows and beddings so you can have a cozy sleeping space at night.
You can buy a sofa bed at Dimensione in Bonifacio High Street and One Parkade, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City or Loft Details at 3/L TriNoma, Quezon City. You can also find one at Habitat, 3/L Abenson Bldg., 28th St. cor. 4th Ave, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.
2. Extendable Dining Table
Do you love having your friends over? Perhaps to host a dinner or throw a little party? You can make it possible living in a condo by getting an extendable dining table. On regular days, you can have an intimate dining space for two or three. But with an extendable dining table, you can have enough space for six or even up to eight visitors. These tables come in different shapes and sizes. You can opt to use drop-leaf dining tables, where you simply have to lift the sides and lock them in place to form a table for more or you can go for dining tables with pullout mechanisms. You can find an extendable dining table at Habitat.
3. Ottoman (or Bench) with Storage
While an ottoman may not immediately come off as essential, an ottoman with storage can do wonders to your small space. It adds additional seating. You can use it as a footstool. You can even use it as a bedside table when your bedroom doesn’t have enough space for one. Meanwhile, it can store magazines, your kids’ toys, or anything you want out of your sight by just lifting the lid and stashing everything in. You can find an ottoman or bench with storage at Dimensione or department stores like Landmark in TriNoma and in Ayala Center, Makati City; and in Mandaue Foam Home Store, which has branches nationwide.
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4. Bed with Drawer
Do you need a quick fix to avoid clutter? Furniture pieces with hidden storage are your best friends when living in a condo unit. A bed with a drawer underneath gives you additional storage without adding clutter to your bedroom. You can store your beddings, books, or just about anything in the drawer knowing that you’ll definitely find them when you need them. Beds with drawers are available at SB Furniture, LG/L Ayala Malls 30th, Meralco Ave., Pasig City.
5. Convertible Coffee/Dining Table
Another functional furniture piece you can invest on is a convertible coffee table. With its adjustable height, you can easily have a dining table. This is perfect for studio units where one-room living is the rule.
You can buy a convertible coffee/dining table at Gautier, 2/L Shangri-La at The Fort, 5th Ave., Fort Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City and at Blims Fine Furniture in Ayala Center (Glorietta and Greenbelt), Market! Market! and Alabang Town Center.