Tiny Home? 8 Multi-Purpose Appliances That Save Space
Let’s face it; our homes are constantly shrinking by the day. But what isn’t? You - or the amount of housework you have.
That doesn’t mean you can’t make the best out of your tiny space! Whether it’s for cleaning, entertainment or cooking, these nifty devices combine multiple appliances into one compact package more room to walk about.
1. Watch Shows and Dress Up Your Wall With A TV That Does Both
You want a huge TV, but you also want to add a little creative flair with some artwork. Problem is - your shoebox apartment doesn’t have enough wall to work with. Solution? Get a TV that can do you both. Featuring a wooden finish that's reminiscent of a picture frame, Samsung’s The Frame 4K UHD television comes with an ‘Artwork Mode’ that allows you to set your favourite art to display on standby.
Blink once, and now - your trusty entertainment hub has just turned into a classy wall accessory. Even better - you can always switch your artwork without shelling out hundreds or thousands buying the actual thing.
Buy Now: $3,999 at Harvey Norman and other authorised Samsung distributors
2. Stay Cool and Breathe Clean With A Tower Fan/Air Purifier
Singapore’s urban sprawl definitely doesn’t boast the cleanest air. But rather than getting a clunky air purifier that basically does nothing else, Dyson knows just exactly what you need; a fan that actually cools you from the city’s tropical heat and blows clean, refreshing air to your face.
Interior Designer: RB Indesignz
Boasting a HEPA filter that captures up to 99.5% of dust, bacteria or other allergens, the Pure Cool Link also features graphite crystals that help remove odours. You can monitor the air quality levels using the Dyson Link app (if you’re particularly OCD), and of course, its iconic thin, bladeless body makes it safe to be stowed even in the tightest corners.
Buy Now: $738.99 on Lazada
3. Settle Your Laundry Chores With A Washer/Dryer Combo
You already have problems moving around, let alone enough space for a hulking dryer and washing machine! Thank god for washer/dryer combos then, which effectively combine two laundering functions into one.
In particular, this combined washer and dryer by Samsung provides more value for money with its larger load capacity; 12 kg for washing, 8 kg worth of clothes for drying. At 60cm by 85cm, it’s sleek metallic body comes with a whole slew of features, including the brand’s VRT Plus technology, which keeps vibrating noises to a minimum by keeping the machine drum balanced on high speeds.
Buy Now: $1788 on Lazada
Interior Designer: Artmuse Interior
4. Throw Away Your Blender, Grinder, Shredder For This All-In-One Machine
Honestly - if there’s anything you’d need to save your kitchen cabinet space for, it should be this. Phillips’ Viva Collection Food Processor allows you to blend, knead, grind, chop and whip up all sorts of food like a seasoned pro - all in one nifty machine.
No more countless kitchen equipments for each and every preparation method; the Viva Collection Food Processor is also equipped with a generous 1.75L bowl, enough to make up to 5 servings of soup (on the blender). Once you’re done, the detachable discs are dishwasher safe, and can also be easily cleaned under a running tap.
Buy Now: $139 on Lazada
5. Keep Your Floors Sparkly Clean With Just A Vacuum
But not just any old vacuum cleaner would cut it. Keeping your floors clean is often a 3-step process that involves sweeping, mopping and vacuuming; but the ingenious Philips PowerPro AquaStick combines these three methods into one slim, cordless vacuum. No more extra broomsticks, dustpans and mopping pails - say what?
Powered by an 18V Lithium Battery, the PowerPro can be used anywhere without the need for plugging in. Flick a switch, and the vacuum becomes a mop (or both at the same time), while it’s turbo nozzle with a motorized brush works as a powerful broom, loosening particles on all sorts of surfaces including carpets.
Buy Now: $469 on Lazada
6. Ditch Your Ironing Boards For A Transforming Clothes Steamer
The problem with irons? You’ll need an ironing board to actually get the job done - not exactly the most eye catching or space saving piece of equipment. Alternatively, handheld garment steamers are lean and easily portable, but it may prove difficult trying to remove creases on harder fabrics (like cotton).
Get the best of both without taking up extra space - Philips’ ProTouch Garment Steamer comes with - surprise! - a built in, tiltable board that can be used to prop up tougher fabrics for steaming away creases, along with powerful 3-bar steam power and 5 steam settings for various fabrics. So much like an ironing board, you probably don’t need an iron anymore.
Buy Now: $459 on Lazada
7. Play Your Records/CDs/Mp3 Files With This Multi-Function Record Player
Whatever floats your musical boat, this Retro-styled music player has got it covered. With a record player at the top, CD player and bluetooth capability that enables you to stream music remotely inside its gleaming red confines, there’s absolutely no reason why you should get a bulky HiFi system ever again.
The Victrola comes with AM/FM radio, and an in-built mp3 recording software that converts record music into digital format via USB to your computer. And wait - have we mentioned how gorgeous it’d look on your tabletop?
Buy Now: US$90.10 on Amazon
8. Basically Live Out Your Days Eating From This Appliance
Compact and portable, your tiny kitchen might just be upstaged by this magical device. The Nostalgia Family Breakfast Station is a non-stick griddle, coffee brewer and multi-function toaster that bakes, toasts and reheats food all in one.
Even if you’re not keen on breakfast, the appliance can still be used for other times of the day; toast your burger buns as you grill patties on the top, or reheat your dinners for convenient eating. No more coffee makers, BBQ grills and toasters cluttering up your countertops - you haven’t got the space anyway.
Buy Now: US$63.30 on Amazon
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