multi-functional tables

Interior design trend: multi-functional tables

July 30, 2013

multi-functional tables

Multi-functional tables: the perfect touch

Smaller, more well designed homes with space constraints are on the rise. Gone are the days of McMansions and 10,000 square foot homes. Couples with children who have flown the nest are looking for a more simplified and less cluttered lifestyle. We are coming into an age where our homes and the furniture that goes in these homes need to be convenient, compatible, and multi-functional.

Speaking of furniture, sometimes clients beat you to the punch and find the coolest furniture to use in their new and smaller home. Such was the the case when working on a new construction and furnishing project for a couple in the 78704 neighborhood of Austin, Texas. Before deciding to work with a designer, my clients had discovered the perfect dining room table for their new smaller home. We’ll get to that table in a second, but lets talk more about furniture.

Alongside the family room sectional, the second most important piece of furniture in a home are tables. It’s the piece where we kick up our feet, gather for family dinners, or finish our homework. But what if our tables did more than just coaster our evening glass of Pino? What if our tables performed the duty of storage, game time entertainment, or additional seating?

Now I bet you’re wondering what piece of furniture my clients found for their dining table. This is by far the coolest dining table I’ve ever seen. It is not ONLY a dining table but converts into a pool table. Hidden by its sleek design and contemporary lines, you would never know until you take its top off (see below).

The Fusion Dining Pool Table… ooooh, aaaah

pool table table

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Who says your books have to be vertical?

book table

Can’t remember the components for water?

…here’s a big cheat sheet:

Go ahead and pretend you’re Mozart, I won’t tell:


For the NES fan boy/girls in all of us:

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And some more multi-functional tables for the road:






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Allison Jaffe Interior Design, an award-winning full-service interior design firm is owned and operated by Allison Jaffe who holds a Bachelor’s of Science from University of Pittsburgh in Neuropsychology and graduated Magna Cum Laude in Interior Design from Texas State University. She is a Texas Registered Interior Designer, #11043 and a Professional Member of the American Society for Interior Designers (ASID). Her most recent accolades include two prestigious awards in residential design.


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