School students create “multi-utility furniture” to tackle space issues in urban cities

School students create “multi-utility furniture” to tackle space issues in urban cities

Did you know that 1 in 3 Indians, lives in homes, less than the size of a US PRISON? Or that 32% of the urban homes are less than 253 square feet or less. Well, this is sad but true! Growing urban population and reducing land spaces are leading to our homes getting smaller and smaller each year. According to the NSSO (National Sample Survey Office), 33% of Indians live in houses of area lesser than 580 square feet. More than 60% space in the house gets occupied by furniture alone, leaving very limited space for movement.

Oakridge International School Bengaluru students Renee and Tanmay from Grade 4 decided to address this growing urban challenge. They were looking at creating a design that could be used for multiple household purposes, lightweight and also can be easily stored away.

Oakridge International School Bengaluru

After multiple rounds of brainstorming and observing other models, they came up with the BED- SI, a simple cost-effective design with multiple functionalities. The unique designing of the structure, allows the user to use it as a dining table or as a bed. The light plywood material used reduces its weight, thereby making it easy to move from one place to another within the house. And the best part is, the unique pulley-based system allows for easy storage, thereby creating more free space when the structure is not being used.

Renee and Tanmay always wanted to keep their model affordable and designed keeping this in mind. Their model is expected to cost around Rs.2881/- and has won the first prize in Bengaluru Design Championship under Industrial Design category.

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