When space is at a premium, furniture pieces that can perform more than one duty can be a life (or at least a space) saver. With these unique multipurpose furniture pieces, you can gain additional functionality without sacrificing style.
Here are a few space-saving multipurpose furniture for small spaces that are perfect for the small apartment, condo, or home.
Multipurpose Furniture for Small Spaces: Dining Areas
When space is at a premium, dedicating an entire area for a dining table may be a luxury you can not afford. That’s where these handy convertible furniture pieces come in handy. They can easily change from a smaller-profile piece when they are not needed, and then quickly extend to provide additional dining space when they are.
Parkison Flip Top Extendable Console & Dining Table
Versatile and sleek, the Parkison Flip Top Extendable Dining Table can blend in with a variety of settings. The clean-lined silhouette and black finish give this piece a classic foundation, and the folding deign makes it easy to put away before a party or after and event. Try setting this piece in an empty corner of your kitchen along with a few matching black chairs to craft a cozy and charming place to eat weekday breakfasts and Sunday brunch.
White Cherina Flip Top Dining Table
For those who want something a little lighter, color wise, there is also a version of this table in white.
The White Cherina Flip Top Dining Table has a similar flip top that lets it quickly convert from a Hall or Console table to a Dining Table, but this design also features some additional storage shelves.
When you’re not using it to entertain guests, it quickly and easily folds up to a smaller hall or console table.
Hammary Hidden Treasures Flip Top Table
For a more rustic or farmhouse decor style, the Hammary Hidden Treasures Flip Top Console Table from Carolina Rustica would make the perfect addition to your home. Featuring a bold, traditional style and a unique trestle base, this piece easily extends to create extra dining space.
Gerardo Ultra-Compact Extendable Dining Table
The ultimate in expand-ability, the Gerardo Ultra-Compact Extendable Dining Table expands from an ultra-compact console table or small desk to a dining table.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, it continues to expand to an almost unbelievable size… large enough to accommodate a full dinner party.
It’s hard to imagine something so small can expand to something so large, but it does create the ultimate in versatility. This table is definitely a grower.
Multipurpose Furniture for Small Spaces: Sitting & Sleeping Areas
You may not have an extra guest bedroom or two, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll never have guests. These multifunctional furniture pieces serve one purpose by day but easily convert to extra sleeping space when needed.
Choy Convertible Daybed
Sleek and modern, the Choy Convertible Daybed is crafted with a pair of supportive polyurethane foam platforms with memory foam toppers.
This sophisticated daybed quickly & easily flips out to convert into a queen-size bed, so that you have room to fit those unexpected guests!
Juarez Convertible Single Sleeper Futon Chair
Image Source: Wayfair Juarez Convertible Single Sleeper Futon Chair
Although I, personally, believe that the full-sized futon should go the way of the waterbed… into the deepest, darkest recesses of our minds; a place where we try to pretend that it never really happened.
However, I fully support the smaller profile Futon Chair as a valuable asset to anyone working with a small space.
These simple, yet convenient chairs, provide sleek seating space and quickly convert to a single cot bed for unexpected guests.
Saito Sleeper Ottoman
Image Source: Wayfair Saito Sleeper Ottoman in Teal
Yet another installment in the “wait, that’s a BED!” category is the Sleeper Ottoman. An ottoman by day, a bed by night.
This handy piece of furniture provides a footrest and extra seating in your living room, then folds out into a twin-size bed perfect for hosting guests in small rooms and apartments.
Multipurpose Furniture for Small Spaces: Desks
Sometimes, you just need a place to work. But if you don’t have the luxury of a home office, these space-saving workspace designs take up limited space but can quickly expand to accommodate your needs.
Angelina Weathered Wood Flip Top Desk
An ideal solution for smaller or multipurpose spaces, the rustic yet elegant Angelina Weathered Wood Flip Top Desk easily converts from a slim console table to an ample writing desk. With one simple motion, the tabletop flips open to double in size. A single concealed drawer provides space to store writing utensils, keys, and other miscellaneous things.
Hooker Jacobean Twist Writing Desk
For an even smaller footprint, the Hooker Jacobean Twist Writing Desk from Carolina Rustica will make the perfect addition to any home. Part of Art & Home’s stunning home office furniture collection, this handsome traditional flip-top writing desk features exquisite details on a smaller scale with lots of design including Jacobean twist legs with a rich black finish.
The wood and leather top flips to reveal a brown leather writing surface with gold tooling and pigeon holes.
Diamond Floating Wall-Mounted Desk
Image Source: Wayfair Floating-Wall-Mounted-Desk
Wall mounted floating desks are an amazing space saver because they can be pulled out when you need them to finish homework, pay bills, or whatever you might need to do.
When you’re done, simply fold the desk back up into the convenient wall-mounted storage station and your floor space is completely freed up.
Multipurpose Furniture for Small Spaces: Coffee Tables
Coffee tables serve so many functions in a home. A footrest. A place to put the TV remote. Sometimes as the dining room table. These multi-functional coffee tables take that flexibility to the next level.
Sobro Smart Coffee Table
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No longer just a place to put your feet, the Sobro Smart Coffee Table with refrigerated storage is possibly the smartest, most convenient, most functional coffee table you’ve ever seen. This coffee includes 3 drawers, one of which is refrigerated, an integrated BlueTooth speaker, and a charging port for your mobile devices. The only (potential) downside of this piece is that you need to plug it in, so you would have to bury the power cord under a thick – but inexpensive – area rug.
Gracie Oaks | Malachy Lift Top Coffee Table
Lift Top Coffee Tables such as the Gracie Oaks Malachy Lift Top Coffee Table are a great solution when you don’t have room for a full dining table, but don’t want to eat bent over a low coffee table every day. These adaptable coffee tables can also be used as writing desks or lap top stations. Their versatility is only matched by their style!
Although we carry a over one hundred design variations, I love this one because of the unique and versatile reclaimed wood finish and butcher-block styling that can suit a contemporary, industrial, or rustic home.
Sierra Living Concepts | Impressionist Brick Wall Mango & Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table Chest
Another way that a coffee table can perform multiple functions is through the unique storage capabilities of Coffee Table Trunks. From the Sierra Living Concepts collection comes the fabulous Impressionist Brick Wall Mango & Reclaimed Wood Coffee Table Chest. Not only will this create a unique focal point in the living room or den, the coffee table serves a dual purpose of providing plenty of storage inside.
Latitude Run | Dillingham Flip Top Storage Coffee Table
Enjoy the function this contemporary Latitude Run Dillingham Coffee Table will bring a space with its flip-top compartments, open shelving, and spacious drawer. The simplistic linear structure provides an updated feel with the added benefit of ample storage space.
Orren Ellis | Domonic Rotating Coffee Table
Layer upon layer, this Orren Ellis Domonic Rotating Coffee Table was built with durability and space saving in mind. Designed for functional living, it boasts three table tops that can be stacked to save space or rotated to open up and provide usable surface area.
When extra surface area is not needed, this modern table simply rotates closed to take up less floor space.
Multipurpose Furniture for Small Spaces: Murphy Beds
Although, technically, part of the Sleeping Spaces covered earlier… Murphy Beds are such a unique space saving design, that I decided to give them a category all to themselves.
Delapaz Desk/Bookcase Queen Storage Murphy Bed
Murphy Beds are the ultimate in space saving. One minute, they are safely tucked away into a wall unit, book-case, or desk… the next, they are a full-sized bed. Today’s Murphy Beds also can be crafted to incorporate additional functionality when in the closed position.
This Delapaz Desk/Bookcase Queen Storage Murphy Bed is a dual-function classic beauty with clean contemporary lines. The desk surface remains horizontal as you bring the bed down for sleep and put it up for work – so your stuff doesn’t fall off! With a Murphy Desk-Bed, you can turn an extra bedroom into a home office, exercise room, or craft room, while making ready for guests with a murphy bed you can be proud to showcase in your home. The door bookcase adds beautiful storage function and can be placed on either side of the bed to personalize your look.
Modern Desk & Murphy Bed Combo
For a more contemporary version, the Modern Desk & Murphy Bed Combo is the right choice. This Murphy Bed is a revolutionary bed & desk combo which uses a patented balancing mechanism, so everything can stay on the surface as the bed pivots down. Available in multiple color & size options.
When not needed for extra sleep space, it conveniently folds up to create a handy desk.
Atlantic Furniture Murphy Bed Chest
For an even smaller footprint, this unique Murphy Bed is a fold out bed that masquerades as a chest. You don’t have to sacrifice space nor style with the purchase of a Murphy Bed Chest. Nobody would ever guess that hidden inside this elegant looking chest is a complete Queen Bed.
Complete with a fold-out Queen mattress, the Atlantic Furniture Murphy Bed Chest is the perfect combination of comfort and convenience; when tucked away, the bed appears as an elegant chest of drawers. If you’re not crazy about white furniture, don’t worry… there are other color and style options available.
When it’s time for bed, simply unlatch the doors and lower the mattress supports. With the additional bonus of a built-in charging station, you can keep a cellphone charger or alarm clock close by.
A Small Space Doesn’t Have to be a Dull Place
Just because you’ve got limited space doesn’t mean you have to limit your creativity. By imaginatively using multipurpose furniture for small spaces, you can create wonderful focal points in your home while maximizing the usable floor and wall space to its greatest potential.
Looking for more inspiration? Checkout this interesting article on Huffington Post Life.