Bobby Berk visits the IMDb Portrait Studio at SXSW 2023 on March 11, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
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The Double-Duty Design Trend Bobby Berk Adores
According to Bobby Berk, design expert and star of “Queer Eye,” "Double-duty furniture is a small-space must-have."
Any furniture that serves more than one purpose is double-duty: for example, a storage ottoman, a floor mirror that's also a jewelry cabinet, or a dresser that works as a TV stand.
Berk says you don't always have to buy pre-built, double-duty items. For example, storage cubes can be pushed together to create a table-like surface for storage and entertaining.
Look for thin and vertical items that take up minimal room on your floor plan. Berk says that these pieces draw the eye upward, providing storage and making the room feel larger.
You can also adapt essential furniture pieces like beds. A set of bed risers will lift your bed several inches off the floor, creating enough space to stack tote bins underneath.
Berk also recommends re-examining your built-in storage and adding more shelves inside your cabinets and closets, as well as keeping them clutter-free.