Space-saving furniture is on the rise. Crowded city slickers, rural tiny home occupants and other humble abode dwellers know the importance of using square footage optimally.
Stair drawers and under-stair storage are huge space savers because they make use of otherwise neglected areas. Nested designs such as a bookcase housing chairs and tables are incredibly ingenious as many other multi-functional furniture ideas for small apartments.
We selected 40 of the best pieces of space-efficient furniture to maximize your space in small living areas. These pieces allow you to live in comfort and style without compromising on quality.
1. Modern Lift-Top Coffee Table
Able to fold and rise at different levels, the Modern Lift-Top Coffee Table also doubles as a desk and dining table.
It’s multiple furniture pieces in one, saving you space and hassle. A must-have for small homes.
2. Cortesi Convertible Chair Bed
The Cortesi Convertible Chair Bed not only looks chic and comfortable; it also folds out into a lounge-chair-style bed.
Simply unfold the chair to transform it into a spot to sleep for overnight visitors. Color options make it a bright, stylish addition to your living room.
3. Wall Mounted Ironing Board
Eureka’s Wall-Mounted Ironing Board is the ultimate space-saving addition to your laundry room. Simply attach it to the wall, and you’ll save time and hassle when you need to iron.
Perfect for small spaces, this board sticks out only 1.5 inches from the wall when folded.
This award-winning, easily-assembled, sleek bed is not only an eye-catching, modern piece, but it can be assembled by anyone in under three minutes without any use of tools.
The comfort and style that Steckbett provides will be sure to win your heart over time and time again, and be a talking point for any guest who lays their eyes on it.
5. Papillon extendable console table
The Papillon Console Table fits easily into any entryway or small space, and it folds out easily into a desk or dining table with a simple adjustment of the legs and top.
Papillon’s evolutionary form makes it one of the best modern, space-saving furniture pieces.
More info and purchase at ResourceFurniture.
6. White Foldable Wall Chair
This slatted chair is fixed to the wall: drop it down to sit, or fold it away flat when not in use. It’s ideal for anywhere you need seating but don’t have enough space to put a chair permanently.
Put the White Foldable Wall Chair in the hallway so you can sit down to take off your muddy boots, or put up two on a covered balcony so you can sit outside on a sunny day without the chairs getting in your way the rest of the time.
7. Double Hammock
Think about how much space you can save when you decide to spend your nights in a hammock. Vivere’s Double Hammock not only has a compact 9 foot heavy-duty steel frame, but the hammock itself is 100% cotton and seats two.
Assembly is easy and requires no tools, and there’s no need for trees to attach to although if you wanted to, you can easily do so.
8. 3 Pc. Stacking Tables
3-Piece stacking tables come apart easily to make three different coffee or accent tables.
Put them back together again, and you have a storage shelf for books or knick-knacks. Each table has its own distinct color.
For the avid book-reader, having a miniature library at your fingertips is not just an idea anymore.
This Bookseat is both a curved bookcase and a comfortable reading spot. Your fellow bookworms will love it!
10. Provo Corner Mounted Shelf
Are you searching for space to put a bookshelf in your home, but find you’re already full up?
Provo Corner Mounted Shelf has a reversing geometrical design of corner shelving that easily mounts into corner spaces. No walls are needed!
11. NUOVOLIOLÀ 10
Nuovoliola is a modern take on the foldout bed. Normally folded up as a couch with an overhead bookshelf, it easily folds down over the sofa to create an instant daybed.
Nuovoliola also has storage space underneath the seat. More info and purchase at Italian-based company Clei.
12. FJU Foldable Workspace
The FJU wall-mounted desk from Living Divani is, upon first glance, just a magazine holder on the wall.
However, when you fold it down, it’s becomes a modular work desk for getting those work projects done. Easily folds back into place. Find it at Living Divani.
13. Furinno Adjustable Lap-Top Desk
The Furinno laptop table/desk bookstand is at its lowest level, a vented cooling pad.
Raise it up another level, and it’s a sitting work desk. Raise it up one more level, and it’s a standing desk! Three different functions, one space-saving furniture piece. Grab one here.
14. Drop Leaf Table
This classic Drop Leaf Table has sturdy solid-wood construction and a collapsible design. With both leaves out, the circular table seats four.
Put down one leaf, and the table can stand against a wall, making it great for a breakfast bar. With both leaves down, it’s only a few inches wide, and can slip into a cupboard for easy storage.
15. LAYTON LINEN SOFA BED
The Layton Linen Convertible Sofa isn’t just a sofa bed. It has three positions – regular couch, recliner, or flat bed. It can even be combined with the chaise-lounge in the same range to make a queen-size sleeper.
The bed is comfortable enough to host guests for a long weekend without causing them aches and pains, and the sofa stays squishy after years of use. It has a futon-style design, so you simply push the back to change position.
16. Goliath extending console dining table
The Goliath table may look small, but it stretches out from a 17 inch console table to a dinner table big enough to fit 10 people.
Five leaves are included for the larger size table, and a glass finish is a design option to give your space a touch of class. Available at Resource Furniture.
17. Dynamic Life Sofa
Touchpad-operated, with a modern, modular look, the Dynamic Life Sofa seems almost like a living thing. It unfolds into split chaise lounge or a bed.
When you’re ready for a sofa again, simply use the touchpad command. Find it at Campeggi.
18. Lynden Drop leaf Table
The Lynden Drop Leaf Dining Table converts from a small table to 5 à 6-seating dining table with a quick fold-down of one leaf.
The pull out leg is sturdy, and holds the extendable leaf very well. A solid quality table.
19. St. Mark Stacking Chair Set
The beauty of simplicity is that it can be shown in so many ways. Take the St. Mark Dining Chair Set, for example. A single tone of color graces the glossy exterior of simple curves and straight lines. It’s almost whimsical, and the wood and aluminum materials are suited for either indoor or outdoor use.
Rather than limiting the imagination, the St. Mark Dining Chair Set opens up new possibilities for interior and exterior design.
20. Ottoman Guestbed
This ottoman is not just tailored to your every whim, but it houses a bed for anyone to sleep on whenever you need a bed and do not have one.
The ottoman is customizable to you, from leg height to the filling all the way down to fabric and color, and then the sturdy hardware is installed to make sure that the bed it contains is kept safe and comfortable. Look it up here.
21. Prepac Floating desk
The Prepac White Floating Desk makes a beautiful and space-saving addition to any room of your home or business. This desk has everything you need for your creative flow, including six cubby shelves for gadgets and knick-knacks, a top shelf for decorations to make the space your own, and a generous work space capable of holding up to 100 lbs.
The Prepac can be mounted at any height, and the desk’s easy assembly and sturdy frame are held up by a solid metal hanging rail that makes sure the desk stays put. Choose from either a white, black or espresso finish.
22. Moon chaise lounge
Different pieces equal different designs and functions with the Moon Chaise Lounge.
You can move pieces around to create an easy chair, a bed, or a desk. The bold colors add a statement to your living room that your visitors are sure to be astounded by. More info and purchase at LOVETHeDESIGN.
23. Acrylic Nesting Coffee Tables
The Acrylic Nesting Coffee Tables are edgy, modern and durable.
Three tables of varying sizes easilystack on top of each other to save space; when you need more tables, simply un-stack and disperse them about the room.
24. Whitmor Storage Cubes
Lightweight, with a clean white color, Whitmore Storage Cubes are a stackable storage solution that requires little space.
These are especially ideal for storing toys or sports equipment in children’s rooms, or towel storage for the bathroom. Order at Amazon.
25. Folding Personal Table
Do you need a simple, easy-to-use side table that’s transportable and lightweight? The Lifetime Folding Personal Table is just that! Its clean design and rudimentary folding action allow you to set it up wherever you please.
Even better is that the legs adjust to different heights, and once you’re done using it for your party, office or other use, you can quickly fold it up again and store it for another day.
26. Shine daybed
Not only a chic place to lounge, Softline’s Shine Daybed transforms itself into a full-sized bed for two.
With a huge variety of color and fabric options, this modular piece makes a bold modern statement while saving you space.
27. SNAP clip-on
Snap Clip-on Supports allow you to take any flat surface creation and transform it into a table.
Simply snap the legs onto the flat surface like you would a paperclip, and you have a unique table that’s completely unique. Find it at Be-Elastic.
28. Duo Table
The dual-purpose DuoTable is both dining table and work desk.
Simply flip half of the table up, and you have a desk with storage for office and writing tools, and then fold it back down for a dining table that seats four. For more info visit Urban Favourites.
29. Ludovico office
The Ludovico Office includes everything you need for a productive workday.
This file cabinet has a desk that unfolds from the side, and a foldable chair is tucked between the two drawers of the file cabinet. It’s an entire office in one furniture piece. Read more at Expand furniture.
30. Mister T Coffee Table Pouf Footrest
The Mister T Coffee Table by Antoine Lesur avoids modular design and instead focuses on being multifunctional.
Two cushions tuck themselves underneath when not in use, and the tray detaches for easier transportation of tasty treats to the table. Check out Mister T at Made in Design.
31. Hexa table
The Hexa Table is a multi-colored, multi-faceted creation from Bernard Vuarnesson that allows you to rearrange table surfaces like a puzzle.
Each part flips to create a tray or storage drawer, making the design possibilities endless. For more info head to ResourceFurniture.
32. Hank Light Hanger
The Hank Light Hanger can be put anywhere in your home, whether in your closet, entryway or bathroom.
Energy-saving adjustable LED lighting makes it easy to sort through your wardrobe while saving you space. Available at Swedish-based company D75 illuminants.
33. 5-Piece Dining Set with Storage Ottomans
The simple, space-saving 5-Piece Baxter Dining Set is perfect for a house needing to conserve space or a family simply looking to add a little bit of modern to their home.
The chairs store easily into the the table design, saving more space than you ever thought possibly with a dining room table, as well as being a conversation piece for anyone who walks into your home.
34. Offi Tiki Stool
The Offi Tiki stool is simplicity at its finest. Use it as a stool, side table, or fill the base with sand or water to anchor it down when using it for dock seating.
The stool’s midsection is hollowed out to provide storage. Grab one here.
35. Indie sofa bed
Aesthetically pleasing with a modern edge, the Indie sofa-bed is visually striking with a load of different color options and voluptuously-plumped cushioning.
Use as a daytime sofa or fold it out to make a cozy bed for two. For more info visit LOVEThESIGN.
36. Scala Zero Chair Stepladder
Instead of hauling out a heavy ladder or using the dining room chair to reach high shelves, why not use the Scala Zero?
This chair folds out into a ladder, simultaneously fulfilling your need for seating and saving you the space needed for a ladder.
37. Pal by Vondom
Pal is the space-saving furniture friend you’ve always wanted: modern, simple, and multifunctional.
Leave Pal upright for seating, or flip it over to make a desk or side table. Store items underneath to save even more space. Find it at YLiving.
38. Hockenheimer storage stool
Finally, a use for all those magazines piled around the house!
The environmentally-friendly, sustainable Hockenheimer Storage Stool straps your old magazines and newspapers together to create unique, impromptu seating.
39. Monarch Side Table
The Monarch Side Table is a handy and stylish side table made of chrome metal. Very convenient and space-saving because the table can slide easily under your sofa.
40. Swing Shelf Table
Dot & Bo have created a bookshelf that transforms itself seamlessly from shelf to table.
With room enough for 4 guests, the Swing Shelf Table is sure to delight your diners, and the sturdy metal frame can easily hold your entire book collection.
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