I was surprised and delighted by this video from New York City specialist furniture shop Resource Furniture.
It shows the remarkable range of Clei space-saving furniture that makes the most of any confined space. It's available in the UK from www.clei.co.uk (pronounced 'clay'.)
While it's really geared to small city apartments, some of this furniture would be good for a narrowboat with a 'freestanding' layout. Most of the items shown are probably too large, although the tables and the surprising Doc sofa-cum-bunk bed look like they'd be really suitable.
Anyway, the point is not the furniture itself, but the ideas. I mean, when did you last see a bunk sofa bed?
I saw some of Wilson's designs on their specialist exhibition trailer at the Mercia Marina Festival last weekend, and they have a lot of clever stuff, all of pretty high quality.
Nevertheless, the video brings some nice, neat, new ideas, and many of their ideas are cleverer still - clever enough to take my breath away. If you are having your own narrowboat designed you might like to watch it before you meet the boatbuilder to settle on your interior layout.
I spoke to the boss of Clei UK (020 7823 9090).
"Tsk! Where have you been, we've been supplying this range for ages!"
he scoffed. Well, maybe they have, but it took an enterprising US furniture store to create the viral video.
He said that he's supplied a number of narrowboats already and he will ask them if they'd mind being put in touch with me.