Quality multipurpose furniture is versatile in its ability to adapt to many situations. Modular, reconfigurable elements provide freedom in arranging your home’s decor. The current surge in downsizing is the driving force behind a palette of creative and elegant furniture solutions. Many of which are not only ingenious in their functionality but very stylish as well.
To give you an idea of what’s out there, here are 29 multifunctional ideas for small apartments. An overview of the best pieces available today as a means of inspiration to optimally furnish your space-limited place.
1. Playful seat / sofa bed combo
Pause, a convertible seat and sofa bed by Meike Langer, is a wooden chair frame with five large pillows which when folded up forms a wonderful chair and a comfortable sofa bed when folded out.
Meike Langer presented this piece at the IMM Cologne furniture fair in 2012. Pause Daybed deserves to be taken into production soon. Check it out at Stilsucht.
2. Vegetale Coffee Table – Double Tablet
How much functionality can you cram in one small sized piece of furniture while still making it look elegant? A lot with this Vegetale Coffee Table.
The design piece makes for a perfect item in cramped spaces since it acts like a coffee table, desk and book shelf. It may not be officially intended as such but we think of it as a handy little dinner table too.
Making use of all of Vegetale’s possible functions may require some rearranging of stored items but who cares? Making optimal use of the limited space you’ve got is a gratifying challenge and the table lets you master this challenge. Vegetale has a hint of Scandinavian design but is actually from Belgium.
3. The coffee table that houses an armchair and side table
Looks can be deceiving. At first Coffee table by Daniel Pearlman seems like a robust coffee table with storage space. When the side table and arm chair are removed from under the mantle of the large table the setup makes for an almost complete small condo interior. The small side table element functions as a chest of drawer too.
Looking for a more minimal and sleek version of this concept? Check out the Gemelos coffee table.
4. Duty Box Wardrobe
Whether it’s organizing your collection of shoes or storing essential bathroom supplies, the Duty Box Wardrobe is a hidden treasure trove of chic functionality. An ordinary (but fashionable) full-length mirror opens up to reveal nine spacious shelves for all of your clutter.
Perfect for small space living, where bathroom closets might not be included, this mirror provides all the organization you need to keep your home looking clean.
5. Mag Table
Another piece in the category “simplicity kills it every time”. Mag Table by Offi can be flipped over to function as a laptop stand. With its smooth, flowing forms this minimalist space saver is a pleasure to look at. It makes us think of as the minimal niece of the Tre Table we’ve written about before.
The file folder, as the name, Mag Table hints at, designed to house magazines, can be used as the perfect laptop or tablet storage too. After all, even while watching a movie with some snacks on the table, we want to keep our beloved devices close. Hit up Amazon to find out more about this versatile table.
6. The table that doubles as mirror (and can be hung flat on the wall)
Dining tables are often bulky occupying a lot of your precious space. On the other hand, the comfort they provide by allowing you to dine with company, to do some office work, to practice a hobby, or just to read the paper make them indispensable for most dwellers.
Retractable tables offer a solution by letting you make your table smaller but how about a table you can hang flat on the wall? One you can use as a mirror too? When on the wall the Tip Over Table Mirror appears to be just a stylish wall mirror. Thanks to its mirror frame it can be easily transformed into a just as chic table. Have a closer look at Houzz.
7. Huk Table
The HUK Table is practically a superhero. You can use it for just about anything, whether that’s as a cozy side table to set your coffee on, or a plucky perch for your laptop or papers.
Do you need a magazine rack? A bookshelf? A stool? The HUK Table can be those things too. Its design is such that you can hook it onto tables to transform it into a cubby or file holder.
8. The couch armrest table and tablet stand
A couch arm rest wrap or tray as they are called as well is one of those simple yet highly functional small living innovations. As with the paperclip and the clothespin, the beauty of the idea lies in its simplicity and functionality.
In this particular case there’s more than transforming a regular couch arm rest into a side table. Embrace interaction platform features a tablet stand and charging dock too. Not to forget its use as a well-executed cable organizer. Visit Spell to find out more.
9. Drop Leaf Console Table
A twist on the classic drop-leaf style, this table folds down laterally to make a narrow console table when not in use. When fully extended, the table can comfortably seat six; when folded down, it makes a foot-wide shelf to stand against a wall and use for everyday storage.
The weathered grey finish and white legs give this Drop Leaf Table a sleek modern look.
10. 3 Pc Stacking Tables
The 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.
11. WESTMINSTER SOFA BED
The Westminster Convertible Sofa Bed has a sleek design and the perfect size for a small living room. Need a bed for one of the guests? Not a problem, you can do it all with the Westminster sofa bed, which can easily be converted into a sofa bed by using a click-clack mechanism.
The couch cushions are firm and comfortable, and the back adjusts into three positions – upright, flat, and recline. A clever and well-designed sofa that’s not only appreciated by cartoon characters.
Like this idea? Make sure to check this vurni list of multipurpose sofas.
12. FOlDING iron board and cheval mirror in one
This is one of those items that makes you wonder, why wasn’t this invented before? Maybe it was as a DIY project by some MacGyverish type of person but never as goodlooking as the Folding Iron Board and Mirror designed by Aissa Logerot. Ironing clothes and dressing up are two practices that are often combined anyway so this piece of furniture couldn’t make more sense. More photos at GOdownsize.
13. Trick, table and two chairs nesting bookcase
At first glance just a simple bookcase, Trick is easily transformed into a table with two chairs. Just slide the sides aside and you are set to have dinner. Or do some work. We think Trick would fit a small kitchen nicely too. It reminds us somewhat of the Convertible Shelf Table we featured earlier.
More about this spacesaving item at Italian furniture design company Campeggi. (the creators of more wall situated storage pieces that double as table and seats such as Home-Work sideboard desk combo.)
14. 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.
15. The storage stepladder and seat in one
There isn’t a room in which this storage stepladder doesn’t come in handy. It would be great in our bedroom to reach those boxes on top of the wardrobe. It wouldn’t misfit in the hallway either to store some shoes and sit on while putting them on when going out.
Sit on Indoor stoop, as its name implies is an indoor stoop, storage solution, seat and stepladder in one. It has three soft-close drawers and makes for a fashionable display unit for showcasing items too. Find it at ThingIndustries.
16. Flatframe, wall mounted, foldable desk
When not in use as a desk the work surface can be folded rendering Flatframe only 4,5 cm thick making it a minimally invasive mobile equipment terminal.
Use it as a standing desk for tablets, to write a postcard, open your mail or hang it lower on the wall and grab a chair. Visit Müller Möbelwerkstätten to learn more.
See also: 12 Space Saving Wall-Mounted Desks
17. Transforming X Table
At full height, the Transforming X Table is a dining table which seats four comfortably (six if they’re very good friends.)Hold the lever and give the tabletop a firm push from above: the legs slide over each other to lower the height, and it’s now a coffee table.
Another firm push folds the table entirely flat, so you can slide it away for easy storage. Its heavy weight (75lbs) means that it doesn’t wobble or feel flimsy when in use.
18. Cubista ottoman turns into five seats
The Cubista can be converted into five separate seats. Each side the ottoman can be attached to one of four bases that nest inside the structure. The stools are equipped with a comfortable padded seat and have a perfect dinner and table height.
A multifunctional outstanding piece of furniture for small living rooms and limited spaces. More about this spacesaving item at Resource Furniture.
19. The lift top coffee table that makes a convenient couch desk
This lift-top coffee table which lets you easily and quickly adjust its height. So you can use it as a traditional coffee table or as a laptop workstation. Apart from creating your little home office from the comfort of your couch the Mainstays Lift-top Table also makes a great table to have dinner from.
No more reaching for that cheese oozing pizza slice because its top layer pivots and swivels 360-degrees. Of course its interior hides storage space too. Can’t get enough of cleverly designed coffee tables? Here are some more space saving coffee tables.
20. The multiple use wall shelf
Coat racks are so 1990’s. Who needs a one-purpose item in the modern modestly sized home anyway? Maybe if you live in a MacMansion there’s plenty unused space to indulge in such eccentricities but most modern day dwellers want get more out of their space. A wall shelf that also functions as a coat and bicycle rack is one of those emblems of contemporary use of space maximalization.
Fusillo Bookshelf with its modular elements allows optimal adaptation to your specific needs. Hang your bike or just your car keys. Place your books or your hat. It could be a highly useful addition to the kitchen too providing room for cooking literature and hanging bunches of herbs. Go check it out at AndViceVersa.
21. The library chair
Have you always looked in awe at those lush, in-home libraries? Having one isn’t exclusively restricted to mansions anymore. With the OpenBook Chair you can create your own cosy miniature home library. The ingenious piece of furniture combines all you need to snug up with a book and a hot cup of tea. It omits the need for a side table to put your beverage on, your books are within reach and it sports a lap desk too.
Its upholstered wall has featuring racks for hanging magazine and newspapers and magazines on the outside. It reminds somewhat of a cubicle allowing you to close yourself off of your environment truly emerging in the imaginitive world of your literature. Hit the link for more about OpenBook Chair by London-based design studio TILT.
22. The chair that houses a shelving system
On a related note, meet Domus chair, a reading chair that harbors a modular bookcase. When making the most out of your micro apartment, convertible furnishings are your best friend.
Rearranging and stacking modules lets you create the furniture you need at that specific moment with the elements you have available. Domus Chair is the pinnacle of various functions and modular elements merged into one designer item.
23. The futuristic modular, multifunctional sofa
A modular sofa with loose cushions, which can be arranged in many different ways and can accommodate up to 7 people. The cushions can serve as a seat, but also as armrest, footstool, side table or ottoman.
Concentré de Vie can be used as a sofa or single bed. Therefore very suitable for a small living. Designed by Matali Crasset for Campeggi.
24. Fläpps 2 Shelves
It’s easy to scoot tables and chairs out of the way, but what if your wall shelf isn’t movable? The Fläpps 2 Shelves piece takes care of this problem with surprising grace. Rather than move the shelf, you simply have to fold it up against the wall.
You won’t even know it’s there! Its white slats blend into its surroundings and only reappear when you fold the shelves down again. With a sturdy set of two shelves and easy mounting, it’s no wonder the Flapp 2 Shelves system is so popular.
Fläpps 2 Shelves can be combined with other modules to create a bigger wall shelving system.
25. The wall bed & fold-down desk combo
Wall beds are great space savers but as if that wasn’t enough Resource Furniture came with space saving tilting bed that features a fold down desk. Don’t need a desk? It’s optional. Learn more about Poppi Desk at Resource Furniture.
Another useful space saving sleeping solution is the sofa that transforms to bunk bed. Con: cuddling is harder, pro: you don’t have to rearrange the complete room by moving the coffee table and other items to the sides.
26. The modular furniture system
Modos is a customizable modular shelving system of which the elements can be used to create a tabouret or standing desk too. Larger sized elements allow you to create life size desks, tables, chairs and other items all without the use of tools.
Its anodized aluminum connectors you simply clamp your furnishings together. Great for on-the-go occasions too. Head to Modos.io to start making your own furniture.
27. The bookcase that hides a whole dining set
As If From Nowhere is a bookcase that houses two tables (together 1 dining table) and four dining chairs. The ingenious creation is intended for small living spaces. The chairs and tables are just as easily stored as they are taken out to accomodate current needs. Visit Orla Reynolds’ website to find out more.
28. The side table that’s extendable to dining table
Extendable tables are the golden oldies when it comes to adjustable space saving furniture. A large surface offers so much convenience but you do not always need it. Being able to temporarily get rid of the space hogger is a blessing.
Whether you need room to practice yoga, play twister with friends or just don’t need a large surface at the moment, the generous Minuetto extendable table is transformed to a humble side table in a cinch. More about Minuetto here. Looking for the same principle but then in a bookcase? Check this.
29. Ludovico Office
The Ludovico Office is the ultimate space-saving desk.
Not much bigger than a filing cabinet, this piece folds out to reveal ample desk space, and it has a chair carefully hidden in between the desk’s drawers. It’s an office all-in-one! Available at Expand Furniture.
Besides the eye-pleasing aspects some other benefits of convertible furniture for small spaces
- By being able to transform your furniture meeting your current needs flexibility of living is increased.
- The potential to provide storage for unused objects or elements is another aspect of well-designed furniture.
- And finally, multipurpose furniture has to be pleasing to the eye too.
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