Space-saving pieces of furniture are true lifesavers in small apartments.
Unfortunately, often enough space-saving products and multifunctional furniture remain only in concept stages never seeing the light of day.
But there are some pieces of furniture that you can actually buy and reap the benefits of their design in your small-space living.
This list is divided by rooms. So you’ll get to see everything – from expensive to cheap space-savers – for every nook of your apartment home.
Click on the one you’re interested in to see space-saving furniture for:
But I highly advise looking through the whole list, never know when the ‘eureka!’ moment will strike.
And if you’re interested in setting up a home office make sure to check out this guide as well.
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Space-saving Furniture For Living Rooms
Lift-top coffee table with stools
Here’s a simpler (and more affordable) lift-top coffee table that’ll give you extra space to work in a small living room.
Now, here’s a design champion of saving space in a small living room.
First of all, it is a modern, sleek coffee table with a tempered glass top. Once you lift the top you get a) a desk for working or studying and b) a built-in storage space. This way you can have a mini home office in the middle of your living space.
But that’s not all. This compact piece of furniture for small space also hides 3 stools underneath. They seamlessly align with the table’s round frame to save space and give your interior a minimalistic look.
Cat Condo Ottoman Stool
Let’s be real, pet items take up lots of living space.
Well, gotta love the fact that space-efficient living room furniture designed for cats and humans exists.
It’s a stylish stool that both you and your cat can share. You, while sitting on it and your cat while making a home inside of it. It is made of solid wood and scratch-resistant fabric which means it can handle both humans and felines.
Plus, a spare stool will always come in handy when you’re receiving guests.
Coffee table dog bed
This functional and unique design is also one of the best space-saving solutions for pet owners.
This faux rattan side table features a built-in pet bed. The opening is wide enough to house even larger dogs and cats. Designed specifically for pet owners, the side table is sturdy and easy to clean. Plus, it is quite easy on the eyes and will match with most home decor styles.
So where you’d normally have to waste floor space on a pet bed, you can now have a functional and stylish side table.
Stacking side tables
Here’s another set of nesting tables that have a bit more flair.
Use these stacking side tables to instantly create surface space in your living room.
When not in use, you can have one side table with the other two nested right underneath it. But when, say, guests come over you can spread all 3 tables to make room for drinks, snacks, and whatever else you entertain your guests with.
Once the party is over, stack the tables back together.
You can also slightly spread the tables out like on the picture above to create a larger coffee table.
Space-saving Furniture For Bedrooms
Shoe storage ottoman bench
Here’s also a shoe storage solution that doubles as a shelving unit.
How about in this storage-friendly ottoman. Apart from being a comfy place to sit, it houses 3 tiers of shelves that can store up to 9 pairs of shoes. You can add and remove shelves as needed to make extra space for high boots or bulky winter shoes.
You can keep this ottoman in your bedroom or make space for it in the entryway. Either way, it will bring a bit of elegance and much-needed shoe storage into the decor.
Also, check out ottomans and other pieces of furniture that can add storage to your bedroom.
Not as many items can save as much space in a bedroom as Murphy and wall beds.
A Murphy, in general, is the staple of small-space living. They allow you to create a completely different vibe in the area by day. Once you fold the Murphy bed, you can have extra space for your daily activities or for a home office to work in peace.
Some Murphy beds, like Compatto above, come with extra shelves for storing your personal items and even a space for wall TV.
If you’re looking for something different, you will love having one of the many Murphy from Expand Furniture and Resource Furniture, two of the leading brands in the transforming furniture niche.
Upper-level loft bunk bed
Here’s also a modern bunk bed combined with a desk.
Buy it here
Now, this is a unique take on space-saving for studio apartments.
This metal frame houses a full-sized bed on top. The frame is designed for a full-size mattress and supports up to 250 lbs. It’s a perfect place for an adult to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
Underneath is where the magic happens. With your sleeping arrangement off the floor, you get tons of floor space below at your disposal.
Realize your small-space living dreams. Make a recreational area out of it by setting up a TV, a console, and a small couch. Set up a home office by following the advice in this post.
Having this space-saving furniture piece really just opens up tons of possibilities.
Lifting platform bed
If you are in the mood for a more traditional sleeping arrangement than Murphy beds that will still save you lots of space, behold!
Space-efficient bedroom furniture for small rooms has never looked so good.
The mattress sits on a platform outfitted with a gas lift mechanism. This allows you to effortlessly lift the top half and use it for storing clothes, shoes, compact workout gear, and even your daily necessities. It’s the best way to make extra room in your sleeping area.
Space-saving Furniture For Kitchen/Dining Rooms
2-in-1 kitchen island and bar with stools
This table is amazing.
You can use it to create more counter space in a small kitchen.
The drop leaf table can accommodate two people who can sit on the bar stools that can be stored inside the cart. When not in use, you can fold it back to have more space in the kitchen area.
Additionally, this bar cart also has 2 drawers for some essentials. Thanks to the wheels on the bottom you can maneuver this table cart around the kitchen or living room. But no worries, two of the wheels have a locking mechanism to keep the table in place.
And if you want to see more pieces of furniture that create extra counter space in the kitchen, check out this post here.
Furthermore, if you want to organize your kitchen by building a mini-pantry, definitely check out this post here.
Extending dining table
Usually, you can’t do much with a dining room table to save extra room. But hold on!
A folding dining room table is the mothership of space-saving furniture ideas and we’ve got just the right one for you.
This square drop leaf table is a perfect addition to a small apartment. It takes up minimal floor space and comfortably seats two people for dinner.
But if you decide to have some guests over, you can unfold this square and extend its length from 30 to 47 inches. This way you’ll be able to accommodate up to 6 people in no time. Once the party is over, fold it back to create more floor area to work with.
5-in-1 Nesting Ottoman
Finding extra seating for your guests can be challenging in a small space. During a dinner party, I once had to sit on a coffee table instead of an actual chair.
But if you have this convertible ottoman, you will never have this problem again. Think of it as a nesting doll. It houses 5 square seats that you can unstack when extra seating is needed.
Needless to say, this one is a true space-saver for the seatless.
Space-saving Furniture For Bathrooms
Behind-the-door Hidden Storage Cabinet
In a small apartment, you need to utilize every single bit of space. And that’s exactly what this storage cabinet does.
This piece of furniture for a small home has the capacity of 5 standard medicine cabinets. But it’s so narrow that you can install it behind any wall-adjacent door. It mounts directly onto the door hinges, sits flush against the wall, and requires no special skills for installment.
Use it for bathroom storage, a makeshift pantry in the kitchen, or a makeup station.
Over-the-toilet storage shelf
It is not easy to create additional storage space in a small bathroom. But with the right attitude, everything is possible.
This shelf was specifically designed to fit over a toilet or washing machine. It maximizes vertical space and has a bathroom cabinet as well as an easy-access shelf. You can fill it with toiletries, towels, cosmetics, toilet paper, and more.
And although some storage-friendly pieces of furniture sacrifice the looks for usability, this one is actually easy on the eyes.
Narrow Rolling Cart
Do you have any narrow nooks in the bathroom?
That is some valuable space we cannot afford to waste.
Enter this rolling cart.
It is narrow enough (5.1”) to fit in a nook like that and give you 3 shelves-worth of storage space. This is a great space-saver for the bathroom but can also be used in other rooms (we’ve actually featured it in our article about kitchen counter space-savers). It can even be one of those space-saving bedroom ideas you’ve been looking for.
Space-Saving Furniture Ideas For Nursery/Kid’s Rooms
Before we begin, take a look at these ideas for a kids’ bedroom. These include both space-saving furniture as well as decor ideas to help you create a beautiful room for your kid to grow up in.
Convertible Helper Stool & Desk
If you want to involve your kids in the kitchen, keep them creative, and save space, you need this helper stool.
This convertible helper tower doubles as a little square desk and chair for drawing, reading, or playing. You can convert it at any time by simply folding it and securing the clasps on the side.
So you’ll find 2 fun activities for your kids in one sturdy space-efficient piece of furniture.
Daybed Storage Couch
This one is for older kids who would like to have a bed and a couch in their room.
Sofa beds are a perfect combination of both. And it has two built-in drawers for clothes and other items.
So by night, it can be a comfortable bed. By day, cover it with a throw blanket and it becomes a space-saving sofa for hanging out with friends at home or playing video games.
3-in-1 Convertible Crib
This space-saving crib grows along with your baby.
As a crib, it features a changing table, two square shelves, and two drawers for increased storage in the nursery.
Later on, you can convert it into a toddler bed using a separately sold guardrail (available here). Once your kid has grown more, you can use another conversion kit (available here) to expand the crib even more.
Even without the changes, this crib is a beautiful piece of modern furniture for a small nursery in need of storage space.
Reasonable to say that this crib is here to stay in your home for a while.
Space-saving Furniture For Balconies
Compact Balcony Table Set
If you like space-saving furniture ideas such as this, check out this one as well – a fully folding balcony table & chairs set.
If you have a tiny balcony, this compact set of patio furniture is for you.
The weather-resistant chairs slide right into the frame of this outdoor dining table. The chairs match it with an almost puzzle-like precision so they take up minimal space when slotted together.
The 26”L×20”W×29”H wicker table features a tempered glass top. You can use it for dining and wining outdoors while staying right in the comfort of your own home.
Balcony Storage Bench Separator
When it comes to furniture pieces for cramped spaces, IKEA has to make the list. And this guy is a must-have on a balcony.
First, you can use the storage space inside the bench for tools, soil for plants, and more. Plus, you can line it with pillows for comfortable seating.
Second, the adjacent vertical panel features 6 hooks and a shelf. Use these for storage, decorating, hanging tools, or plants.
But the best part is that you can position the wall panel just so that it gives you privacy from neighboring balconies or passersby.
Folding Balcony Table Desk
Here’s a drop leaf table for those who’d like to work or relax on the balcony.
You can adjust the railing attachment and height of this desk to suit your needs. To avoid bumping into it, you can fold it flat to save some space. It holds up to 50 lbs so it should handle a laptop or some dishware.
Now, it’s time to enjoy the fresh air and cold drinks.
Hopefully, you’ve found these space-saving furniture ideas worthy of bringing into your little abode.
If you’d like to see a whole list dedicated to a specific room and furniture that’ll help you save space in it, chime off in the comments.
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