Transformer and space-saving furniture units are a great way to make the most of the available space in small apartments and homes. Roberto Gil of the design firm Casa Collection recently designed the Urbano collection space-saving unit, which is gorgeous and incredibly practical.
His firm has been in the business of creating space-saving solutions for small apartments since the 1990s, including hanging beds, Murphy beds, and seating. The Urbano Collection is their foray into offering all in-one-units.
The space saving unit in the Urbano Collection features a bed, two sets of stairs that also double as storage as well as shelving and closets. The unit is 119 in (302 cm) long, 83 in (211 cm) wide, and 107 in (272 cm) high. The clearance under the bed is 6.3 ft (1.9 m) and given the size of the storage it offers, one of these units can easily be used to replace a whole bedroom of furniture. The units come in two sizes. The Urbano version features a king sized bed, and has interior and exterior closets, dressers with drawers, shelving and a desk. . The units are also quite customizable. The Urbano customers can, for example choose whether they want two sets of stairs with in-built drawers, or just one.
The company also offers a smaller, Arca version, which features a queen size bed and measures 83 in (211-cm) in length, 100 in (254 cm) in width, and 80 in (203 cm) in height. It has a clearance of 60 in (152 cm). This one is not as fully equipped as the larger version but still features a cushioned bench, open storage space and a desk. The bed is accessible via a ladder.
The Urbano and Arca units can be ordered in two color options and they cost $15,000 and $6,000 respectively. They can be ordered in the US and Canada, though the shipping costs are quite costly. However, with the amount of money saved by not having to buy a bed, closet, dresser and desk separately, they might still make sense. Especially for those living in small or even micro apartments.