When you think about maximizing the space in your house, the last thing on your mind is buying more furniture because they tend to be bulky and make the space feel too crowded and busy.
If you’re living in a tiny apartment or home, then you know you’ve got to be smart about how you use ever square foot!
But these space saving furniture pieces are so practical and functional, they’ll help you make the best of a small home without compromising your decor.
Expand Your Home Storage
Looking for something that subs as a lounge chair but can turn into a bed as easy as 1-2-3? Then try the Vallentuna Sleeper Module from Ikea. It was designed to provide all the comfort of a regular seat and can be used as an extension for a sofa or as a foot stool. But at night, it can be turned into a sleeper in case an unexpected guest needs to stay over.
If you’re looking to expand your home’s storage capacity to the max, then vertical spacing is the way to go. The Ikea Two-Section shelving unit with a cabinet will help you store all the little knick-knacks you want.
This shelving unit offers plenty of storage at the bottom to put away all those unsightly appliances and organizing boxes you don’t want anyone to see. But it also provides enough vertical shelving to display collectibles, books, flowers, and photos frames in plain sight.
Where: West Elm
Ottomans are great because they’re easy to move, make great pieces to put our feet up, and they’re hollow on the inside, which means a ton of things can go in there like extra cables, throw blankets, books, toys, and other things that can make a house feel cluttered.
Where: Urban Outfitters
Getting a nightstand without any storage capacity is a bad investment. A multifunctional piece of furniture like the Amelia Nightstand from Urban Outfitters will be any tiny room’s best ally. It’s such a space saver!
Besides being able to put things on top like a lamp, reading glasses, alarm clock, or a potted plant, it also comes with a drawer and a shelf on the bottom where you can put boxes, books, and other miscellaneous items.
These GRANBODA nesting tables are one of life’s little miracles. They’re basically 3 side tables in one, but they can be extended when you need to accommodate more room, and when you’re done using them, you can stack them as one to save extra space. It’s that easy.
The UTAKER stackable bed from Ikea is basically 2 beds stacked on top of each other. When needed, it can become two full beds with their own mattress and framework. So when a guest comes over, they can be easily lifted up and separated to create two beds or one bed and a corner sofa. It’s the ultimate solution for people living in cramped apartments.
Modular Wall Shelves
Sometimes, our house or apartment doesn’t have enough space to add a conventional bookshelf to display our books or plants. That’s where modular wall shelving comes in. Not only are they easy to install on a wall, but they’re a great way to add a pop of texture to an empty wall.
Some of them come in the shape of a snake ladder, a wooden butterfly, or a geometric design. You can add one or several of these shelves to a wall without taking up a whole lot of storage space. Here are a few of my favorite pieces:
- Snake Ladder Wall Shelving
- Wooden Butterfly Shelf
- Geometric Copper Wall Shelf
- Pelican Shelves
- Ghost Steel Shelf
- Jumping Hero
Use the Ikea NORRÅKER bar stool with backrest when throwing a lavish indoor or outdoor party. The great thing about this type of chair is that it can be easily stacked up on top of another chair of the same design and then stored in the corner of a garage.
Space Saver, Drop Leaf Table with 2 Round Stools
The Space saver is a 3-piece set that consists of a table with wheels and 2 stools that can be stored under the table when they’re not in use. The table also offers a place to put dish towels and has two drawers to easily store extra things like utensils, cutting mats, and other appliances.
To the untrained eye, this piece is just a storage unit with drawers, but when the two large vertical drawers on the left are opened, they reveal a full-size folding bed complete with hanging space and drawers on the shelves next to it to add clothes and accessories. It’s a total must have!
Got lots of books and magazines lying around on the floor, the bed and pretty much every corner of the house? Well then get the Bookseat by Fishtnk. Not only is it a comfy place to sit, but it also provides plenty of bookshelves on top, on the sides, and right under the seat to store all your favorite novels.
Need some extra shelves? Try these stackable interlocking wire shelves from Whitmore Storage. They’re easy to build vertically, horizontally, or both and come in a set of 6.
Need more space? Then get a few more sets and create a whole wall of extra storage space to hold all the things that are constantly cluttering up the house.
The Ludovico Office has everything anyone can possibly want for their home office including file cabinet, a desk and a chair, all of which are conveniently folded to look like one piece of furniture—a file cabinet.
Where: Urban Outfitters
The Leni Leaning Mirror not only offers a long vertical mirror but also a place to hang a shirt, a hat, a purse, or a scarf on the ladder-like side hangers. It’s so slim that it doesn’t even take that much space.
The 3-Cube Storage Bench makes an excellent piece for an entryway or by the end of your bed. This bench doubles as a bookshelf, because it comes with 3 cubicles where you can store shoes, blankets, or books and declutter your room instantly.