Last week real estate blog, Curbed, celebrated small-space living with the first-ever Micro Week - a week full of stories and articles featuring some of New York's tiniest apartments. With housing costs on the rise, many New Yorkers are accustomed to sharing small spaces, and need creative solutions to the challenges of crowded city life. With urban dwellers in mind, NYFU aka "New York Functional Furniture" just opened a brand new showroom on 18th street in Chelsea. The company was founded a few years ago by a group of international designers who all ended up living in New York City. They've put together a unique line of furniture with lots of creative, multi-functional pieces. The sofa beds are streamlined and modern, and come in a range of color options. Shipping is free in New York and New Jersey, and items can be delivered in 48 hours! Keep reading to see pics from my visit to the brand new showroom, and a few of my favorite pieces:
The showroom in Chelsea is a cool space with exposed brick walls, and historic mosaic-tiled floors. You can go check out all of the pieces in person, and see how they work for yourself. The staff is very friendly and helpful, and can show you the full range of furniture options available. I highlighted a few of my favorite pieces below:
The SqueezeBox Ottoman - This cute, modern ottoman can be used as a seat/footrest, and also transforms into a fold-out mattress - $399.
The Broad Sofa Bed - This was one of the largest sofa beds, and super easy to unfold into a floor mattress - $1,999.
The Empire, L-shaped Sectional - The chaise pops open to reveal a neat, hidden storage drawer. The back folds down to a flat mattress - $2,499.
The Transformer - Cute and clever design transforms from an armchair to a twin mattress with many phases in between. To be honest, it's not the most comfortable seat of the collection, but it's intriguing - $799.
Seat Packing Sofa Bed - Compact yet comfy, this piece unfolds into a cozy double bed - $1,199.
Empire Sleeper Sofa with Storage - This bold magenta sofa is my favorite piece. It's bright and sassy, but still sophisticated. Don't be afraid to add some color to your life - $1,999.
Store Sofa Bed - Folds down into a mattress, and pops up to reveal a large storage drawer. I'd recommend you get some throw pillows for the back to give it a little extra cushion as a sofa - $1,499.
While they definitely get high marks for creativity, these are not the most comfortable sofa beds I've tried. All the furniture is made with Class A HR-35 foam cushioning - I thought it worked well as a firm mattress, but was a little stiff as a sofa. It's comfortable enough for your college buds to crash on, but probably not your grandparents. You should see for yourself and decide how you feel. I can make myself comfortable on just about anything, but some people are a little more picky. Still, I think these would be a great option for a studio, guest room, or play room, and would add a fresh, modern touch to your space.
Pros: Creative stylish designs and clever storage solutions, good range of color options including fun brights, moderate price range, fast shipping times
Cons: Light-weight frames feel flimsy (but easy to move on the plus side), foam cushions could be more comfortable