The flexible home: Ideas for a multifunctional kitchen

At the beginning of each year, it’s always fun to take a look at some of the emerging trends in interior designs, and take a guess at which ones will make it big and which will pale into obscurity. Here at HCSupplies, as one of the leading suppliers of kitchen worktops in the UK, we’re going to stick our necks out and predict that the flexible home trend will be the big one to look out for in 2017.

What is a flexible home?

When we talk about flexible, I don’t mean bendy walls or rubber flooring! No, flexible means being able to use different areas of your home for all manner of different purposes, and to be able to do this easily.

This leads us onto the idea of the multifunctional room. Many new homeowners are finding that their first home isn’t quite the palatial pad they envisaged, which means making the most of a relatively small space. Rooms are now having to perform multiple functions: For example, a lounge may double up as a bedroom, or a kitchen may also function as a home office.

Multifunctional kitchen worktop
With a flexible home, your kitchen worktop may double up as a home office.

Why is the flexible home such a big trend?

There are some very good reasons why the flexible home trend is on the rise. First off, with a reported 1.5million of us in the UK now working from home, more and more of us require office or creative space in our home. The need to work, eat, relax and even sleep in the same space has meant homes now need to be much more flexible.

Technological change is another major factor. Using your phone or tablet these days is becoming so commonplace, most of us are now looking for a quiet place in which we can browse the internet or compose our thoughts. How we consume media has changed massively, and nowadays it is just as easy to watch a film from the comfort of your bed, as it is to watch it in your living room. From a time when every single room had a specific purpose, we’ve now come to realise there isn’t a “one size fits all” when it comes to your home.

Companies like Yo Home have looked to create solutions with multi-purpose rooms that transform for different periods of the day. For example, in the morning, your bed can lift into the ceiling space to reveal a lounge area, whilst a fold down workstation can be used on workdays.

The multifunctional kitchen

With a number of purposes, from cooking, to washing, to entertaining, the kitchen is probably one of the easier rooms to adapt when it comes to creating flexible homes.

Multifunctional kitchen space for entertaining
Create a cosy nook for entertaining.

Dining is the first thing that springs to mind when thinking about additional uses. Your kitchen can certainly be an area in which family and friends come together to enjoy a meal or even family game night! Fold down tables and stools can be used to neatly and tidily pack everything away if you require the kitchen for more conventional purposes. However, if you have the room, you could create a comfy nook or seating area, where you can spread out and relax, work or read a book, all without leaving the confines of your kitchen.

Another way to create a multifunctional kitchen is to use movable walls to section off a part of your kitchen. A great idea, if you are looking to create a home office, you could even use your kitchen worktop as a desktop for your laptop. And when the working day is done, simply fold or move your wall back to open your space back up again.

If you look hard enough, you will even find the concept of the foldaway kitchen in its infancy. With the bare minimum of appliances, in the not too distant future you could simply fold up your worktop and pack away your appliances once you’ve finished with your evening meal, leaving your kitchen space to be whatever you want it to be!

Whatever function your kitchen serves, you’ll always find the perfect laminate worktop at HCSupplies.

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