Multi-Functional Furnishings for small senior apartments
Having to give up a large home and independence doesn’t mean you have to settle for cheaply made apartment grade furnishings.
These fine Amish hand crafted items can be very useful in small spaces, and still provide a feeling of being surrounded by quality heirloom furnishings.
Downsizing to a small assisted living apartment and finding high quality functional furniture can sometimes be challenging, especially when everything seems to be on the low end targeting the young college age adults.
For seniors who have enjoyed nice homes and furnishings, giving up those cherished pieces of family history can be difficult.
Most assisted living and retirement apartments will be around a 600-800 sq ft. Some may be as small as a studio apartment where many people first began their journey after leaving the nest.
The secret is to find furnishings that doesn't take up much space and that can be used for multi-functions.
Let’s take for example the Amish made folding ironing board chair. This chair has been around for centuries, dating even back to Thomas Jefferson who many think may have invented it.
It goes by many different names besides being called The Jefferson Chair, but the chair serves four independent functions and takes up less than 2 sq ft of space.
It can be a chair for the little grand children to set up to the counter when they come to visit.
It serves as a step stool to reach tall cabinets, and then folds up to be a small ladder for taller reaches. The most ingenious function is that it also folds over to become an ironing board.
A classic collector J & P Coats reproduction spool cabinet with five large 14 X 19 X 2-3/8” deep drawers can be used as an end table, a bedside table, or a hobby cabinet. It will store such things as scrap booking, quilting, sewing, or hobby collecting materials, as well as board games, and magazines.
The spool cabinet measures 19-1/2 tall X 23-1/2 wide and 17” deep. It is also Amish handcrafted made all of oak, or cherry just like they were originally made.
An Amish folding wall rack can come in handy in the bathroom or kitchen to fold out as a drying rack when needed and then back out of the way when not needed.
Moving into a small apartment means the laundry might be down in a commons area accessible by other apartment dwellers.
Most senior ladies find it difficult to find a place to dry stockings, sweaters, compression hosiery, and other private undergarments that can’t be dried in a dryer. The types of private laundry items, they really don’t want everyone in the building to know about.
Most of these small apartments will not have a dishwasher either. If they do it will likely be a small narrow apartment size one.
For those who still love to cook, hand washing is already challenging enough but to try and use one of those flimsy plastic drying racks doesn't make things much easier.
The Amish Stainless Steel drying rack allows pots, pans and dishes to be dried in a rack, but on a heavy duty slopped tray that drains everything back into the sink.
A wall mounted folding tea towel rack allows a place to hang drying towels as well as aprons.
A Large 18 x 12 x 1/2 Corian cutting board to fit over the kitchen sink will provide additional counter space for food prep.
Counter top Lazy Susan organizers provide handy storage when cabinet drawers are limited. A table top Lazy Susan provides easy access to condiments as well as the morning medications.
For seniors who still enjoy an evening glass of wine, storing wine bottles in an apartment was not something developers thought of either. These Amish wine racks can sit on a counter or table top. There’s one to even hold wine bottles in a refrigerator.
Most senior ladies enjoy their live plants and finding space in a small apartment can be difficult, this Amish hand crafted tiered planter stand will hold up to three potted plants in the space of one.
Having a place to hang a coat and a hat is not often thought of by the developers of these apartments. The reality is no matter the region, seniors like to have hats, coats, jackets and sweaters handy next to the door.
These Amish Mission style coat racks also double as a shelf. They are nice enough to have hanging out in the open even in a living room area.
The Mission Sofa Mate Table is Amish hand crafted to be used next to a chair, or a sofa. It has a cup holder, a magazine rack and a place to keep reading glasses, portable phone and the TV remote.
Some might not realize the amount of time seniors spend in the bathroom and just how much toilet paper they will use. Most apartments have only one toilet paper holder, and nowhere to store extra rolls.
This wall mounted double roll toilet paper holder is also Amish hand crafted. It includes a handy magazine rack to hold reading materials for those frequent and extended sittings.
A matching wall cabinet will allow for extra storage, especially when it comes to medicine bottles.
All these wonderful Amish handcrafted items are featured at Cottage Craft Works .com