Life in a tiny apartment has its ups and downs.
On the one hand, you’re living your dream in the greatest city in the world.
On the other hand … where the heck do you put all your stuff?
Enter space-saving furniture.
As any city slicker can attest, in the smallest of dwellings every square inch counts. Sofas, chairs, and even bed frames eat precious space. It’s high time they pull double-duty.
Here are the 15 best multi-purpose, space-saving furniture ideas and designs for every room in your small apartment, courtesy of Dolly.
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Space-Saving Bathroom Furniture
Space-Saving Bedroom Furniture
Space-Saving Office Furniture
Space-Saving Balcony Furniture
Live in a cramped apartment, but still love entertaining?
This photo frame displays more than just your cutest candids. Open it up, and out pops a small coat rack.
It’s the perfect solution for when you need to hang a few coats, but don’t want to show your guests your jam-packed closet (or if you don’t have a closet at all). Close it once your guests leave, and you’re back to having room to spread out.
While we’ll always be fans of the trusty over-the-door shoe rack, this shoe storage bench gives it a run for its money. Because it stores your shoes and gives you the perfect place to sit while you tie your laces.
Place it below a coat rack, and voilà: You’ve turned a useless corner into an efficient going-out nook.
Nobody likes a litter box — probably not even your cat.
So why waste precious square footage on it?
Using a hidden litter box enclosure not only masks the smell and hides an eyesore, but it also turns it into a piece of multifunctional furniture.
Add a lamp, a few coasters, and smile. The bane of your cat’s nine-life existence is now a beautiful side table/hotel.
Your guests will never know the difference. Until Fluffy sticks his head out, of course.
Finding storage in a room where couches hog half the floor space is a challenge.
Sure, you could buy lifts for your sofas. Or use under-the-bed storage containers. But why do all that work, when this space-saving sofa does the work for you … without expecting a paycheck?
The classic sofa’s mouth opens to reveal a 64” x 20” x 8” storage space. So you can store your books, shoes, emergency snacks, and Nerf guns inside. All while its high-density foam cushions comfort you and your unsuspecting guests.
Dogs take up space with more than just their wagging tails and belly rubs.
Buying big bags of food means you also have to dedicate cabinet space to Fido. And if you have a tiny galley kitchen, you know how valuable any cabinet space can be.
This pull-out pet feeding station gives you a new, safe place to put your best friend’s food plus their endless brushes, toys, and treats.
The Pet Feeder Station is easy to fill. Simply pour up to 33 pounds of chow, then use the stoppers and metal knobs to control how much is released.
You also get some floor space back, by using the bottom drawer to push your pet’s bowls out of the way when they’re not in use.
Why settle for one bulky storage ottoman in your living room when you can spring for a dining set with storage that basically implodes?
Stash extra linens, beverages, or even some spare snacks in any one of the four ottomans.
The best part:
All four ottomans slide underneath the dining table, meaning you don’t need to dedicate extra square footage to chairs if you don’t have four people in your home that eat each meal together.
You know that weird space between your fridge and your countertop that crumbs like chilling in?
Reclaim it by turning it into bonus storage.
This slim portable cupboard on wheels lets you play peek-a-boo with small bottles, spices, and condiments. So rather than squatting in your cabinet, they’ll have a new “now you see me, now you don’t” home.
It’s time to talk about that cabinet underneath your bathroom sink.
The one that’s so tall, it should be able to store all your toiletries … but somehow always winds up a disorganized jumble.
This is your solution: an all-steel storage rack with adjustable and removable shelves.
Finding your hairspray is a breeze when it’s neatly stored above your brush, blow dryer, and favorite serums.
Gone are the days of wondering, “Dude, where’s my TP?”
This clever and surprisingly stylish shelving unit turns the dead space around your porcelain throne into convenient storage for all your toiletries.
There’s even a secret compartment for your extra rolls, and a bar to hang your current roll if your bathroom doesn’t have one built into the wall.
Murphy beds might seem too expensive to be worth the space they save.
But it’s 2017. Murphy beds are so much more than simple fold-down beds.
The contemporary space-saving superhero pictured above is a comfy sofa and a wall bed. Perfect for upgrading a standard living room into a gorgeous guest room.
If you live in a studio apartment, even better. You get two furniture pieces in one, and you can just fold up your sofa bed anytime you have company over.
You’ve probably heard of under-the-bed storage, but how about lift-the-bed storage?
That’s right. This bedroom storage furniture is like a giant friendly alligator that conceals your extra pillows, blankets, and out-of-season clothes while you sleep soundly on its snout.
Sometimes, you need to be glued to your laptop, working like a dog, never leaving your desk just to get some stuff done.
Other times, you want to banish your desk from your apartment so you can do anything but work.
Enter the secretary desk.
This version comes with modern finishings, like two electrical outlets and two USB outlets, providing a space- and sanity-saving desk solution.
Close the desk’s door, and store your paperwork, books, and office supplies inside when you’re not working. Open the door, and get down to business.
When optimizing space in a home office, the key is to put your storage up high.
Dorms require their fair share of storage hacks, so college students got this right. Put a storage shelf on your desk to add more space for your plethora of Post-its, pens, and paperbacks.
Kiss your bookshelf goodbye, and say hello to more floor space.
One of the biggest issues with deck or balcony furniture is that it can’t stay on the deck forever.
You’ll want to bring the furniture inside when it gets colder outside, but how do you fit an entire deck set into your one-bedroom?
Answer: You buy this portable picnic table.
It folds into an easy-to-store briefcase for the colder months and becomes a perfect little deck table for when it’s warm out. All you need is a few wine glasses and a tablecloth.
Got an extra-small balcony?
Here’s an extra-small table for ya.
This tiny hanging balcony table is just the right size for a breakfast plate and some coffee. It takes up zero floor space, so you can welcome the day, stretched out on a comfy chair, and still have a spot to put down your cup.
Ready to reorganize your small home to make more space? Not sure how to make it happen?
Dolly can help with the heavy stuff. We’ll bring a truck and some muscle to help rearrange your digs, or help you deliver space-saving furniture from the store. Your small space will feel like a palatial pad in no time.
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This article was written by Dolly, which brings you truck and muscle anytime you need it. We connect you with local pickup truck owners who are ready to help you with moving, store delivery, Craigslist pickups, and more. You can learn more about us at Dolly.com.