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Ikea Mutations | Projects

    • First Slide general Context: Many Americans are living in small apartments like the one shown above, so cramped that its unlikly they will have space for any furniture, and if they do have furniture they have no space for activitys. 
    • third slide so our problem is to create a cheap versatile and storable  alternative to normal furniture, and our solution was to take a ottoman for Ikea and mutate the producaut to become  a foldable ottoman that connects to form two chairs a couch. 
    • Precedents. here you can see the Ikea ottoman named the PÖANG, we liked this ottoman because of its slim frame which would lead to easy storage and its comfortable cushion, but sadly it had no back support and so we looked into chair (Switch Slides) Now at a chair we saw an obvious flaw, being that only one person could sit on it at a time. So we decided to  create a piece that would solve of these issues and still be cheap. 
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    • Iterations 1. Our first iteration is a ottoman that when activated would have half of it raise up and be a chair back, we went away from this because we didn't want to have to cut into an existing ottoman, 
    • Iteration 2 was a wooden ottoman with foldable back flaps that came up from behind that would snap into place become the back of the chair. We didn't like it because of the way to bring the chair back up because our use of springs proved to be unwieldy
    • Iteration 3 Here we were looking into the connection piece between the ottomans to form the couch, we started with this simple piece here that would fit on the legs like a skirt and hold the legs in place.
    • Iteration 4. our final version of the leg connection was a latch system that would have two mounts on either chair and would be pinned together with a dowel. 
    • Construction diagram, This diagram can help outline the use of the drop leaf hinges and show what the chair will look like connected.
    • Use Diagram, her shows the motion of the hinges and what the ottoman will look like when it is the downward position.
    • Here are our final images Showing the ottomans when they need to be stored in chair form and in couch form. 

  •   In many small studio apartments, people don't have the space or money to afford multiple chairs. In this project, we add onto a simple IKEA ottoman, and make it able to convert between a simple ottoman, a table, and a full chair. 
     Living in a studio apartment requires you to make decisions on how you want to fill the small amount of space you have. One of the most common problems studio apartment owners have is making room for their chair, their coffee table, extra chairs for when guests visit, and being able to put the furniture away when it is no longer needed. With all of these needs in mind, people normally buy one chair, a coffee table, a sofa, and a normal footstool. However, while you could fit all of this furniture into a house, but in a studio apartment, every inch of space matters to keep the room from looking like a cluttered mess. With this necessity in mind, me and my partner came up with the idea of making a price of furniture as small as a ottoman, while also having multiple uses. However, this ottoman would cost half as much as a full chair, and at half the size. 
      With both compact ability  and cost in mind, we created a convertible piece of furniture, which has all the needs of a small studio apartment. By simply connecting a second ottoman seat to the back of the footstool, you are able to lift the back to change it to whatever you need. While the back is down, you have a flat, stable coffee table. At 45 degrees, the ottoman returns to its original function of being a footrest, with the addition of a pillow above your feet to add to the comfortability. Finally, at a full 90 degrees, the furniture becomes a chair. With multiple ottomans, you can also connect them, making them into a sofa. By simply latching one onto the other, they will stay connected as long as you need, and then just release the latch once you are done. As well, multiple ottomans stack onto one another easily, and can be put into the corner or in a closet when you need more space. With the cost of a small ottoman, and the functionality of a chair, table and sofa, the ottoman would be a benefit to any small apartment owners.