If you’ve ever lived in a space the size of a postage stamp — and trust me, I have — then you’re familiar with the key rules of furnishing said abode.
First, you have to focus on the essentials: small space furniture! These items include, but aren’t limited to, seating, dining, sleeping and storage. Second, you have to make the most of every square foot in your space, including forgotten corners, walls and ceilings. And lastly, multifunctional items are king. A beautiful sofa that turns into a sleeper? Done. A kitchen cart with hideaway stools that has wheels, too? Sold.
But finding these items in an aesthetic that is modern and fresh — and at a palatable price point — isn’t easy. And of course, they need to be high-quality products that aren’t going to break within a week of putting them together. Having lived in nearly half a dozen Manhattan apartments over the years, most of which were 600 square feet or smaller, I know exactly what you need and the smartest way to incorporate these pieces into your space.
So if you’ve tried all sorts of home organization ideas and still need help, below are 22 of the most creative compact furniture solutions you can buy right now. From a storage bed to a drop-leaf dining room table, these are the pieces you’re going to want to scoop up for your living room, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and beyond. Here’s to your home sweet (small) home.
Living room furniture for small spaces
Albany Park Albany Loveseat ($895; albanypark.com)
Here’s the thing about living rooms: You want to live in them! Even if there’s not much space to go around, we all still need cozy spots. Luckily there’s a lot of beautiful small furniture for small spaces. One of my favorite pieces ever is Albany Park’s Albany Loveseat. At only 62 inches wide, 32 inches high and 34 inches deep, the couch is small enough to be tucked into a corner, but its velvet fabric and high-density foam cushions ensure you and your guests will be as comfy as can be.
Everly Quinn Anapaola Tray Table Floor Lamp ($159.99; wayfair.com)
A lamp and a side table in one? Yep, we’re OK with that kind of space saving. And this one is a beauty. The gold-finished lamp has a marble base and a gold tray table that is perfect for holding your morning cup of coffee. The best part? The lamp only takes up 14 inches of space!
Grandin Road Chamonix Acrylic Nesting Table, Set of Two ($189; grandinroad.com)
You need this table set for two reasons. First, acrylic is having a major interior design moment, mainly because its clear composition matches literally everything — from brass and dark metals to light wood, bright velvet, you name it. Second, when you’re hosting a party and are in need of extra side tables, this set pulls apart into two separate tables. Transforming furniture for small spaces is where it’s at! Want some matching pieces? Fear not, Grandin’s got an acrylic console, coffee table and oval side table too.
Hashtag Home Tierney 6-Door Accent Cabinet ($216.99; wayfair.com)
A wooden take on lockers, this accent cabinet is one of my favorite pieces from Wayfair’s small spaces line, Hashtag Home. Available in four muted colors (peach, mint green, white and gray), the chest provides nearly 40 inches of tabletop space for vases, frames, TVs and more, plus six whole cabinets’ worth of storage.
Suspend Tall Bar Cabinet ($1,099; cb2.com)
Sure, we all want a built-in wet bar to serve drinks and store stemware, but when the space for a wall-to-wall unit doesn’t exist, consider this sleek cabinet from CB2 instead. Sitting atop chevron-patterned panels (the wood in each is cut diagonally in opposite directions), the cabinet’s focal point is two slabs of Carrara marble, the perfect spot for mixing a cocktail or placing a decanter. More to know: Three roomy cabinets provide a whole lot of storage.
Home Decorators Collection Aberdeen Double Hall Tree ($669; homedepot.com)
Mud rooms are the design feature we all yearn for, but most small spaces don’t include entryways with built-in areas for all your stuff. Solve that problem with this beautiful piece from Home Depot’s Home Decorators Collection, which comes in the on-trend hues of white or dove gray and includes drawers, hooks, nooks and seating galore. Looking for something a bit cheaper? Consider this cute bench with three baskets, which starts at just $172.
Lark Manor Tufted Round Storage Ottoman ($215.99; wayfair.com)
Because you can’t fit a sectional couch in your small space, you’re going to want to invest in some ottomans to rest your feet on. This one, which comes with ample storage, is a winner. Crisp and modern in its design, the tufted top is comfy enough to sit on and big enough to hold blankets, board games or whatever else you’re looking to tuck away.
Furmax Stackable Metal Bar Stools, Set of 4 ($107; amazon.com)
When it comes to small living room furniture, you need to think outside the box — which is exactly why we love these stools from Amazon. Perfect for those nights when friends and family stop by and you need an extra seat (or four), the metal set is the ultimate space saver given that the stools stack when not in use. Available in 12 fun colors, from bronze and black to bright yellow and red, the stools have more than 2,800 positive reviews and a 4.7-star rating.
Convertible furniture for small spaces
Zipcode Design Adams Drop Leaf Trestle Dining Table ($419.99; wayfair.com)
Just because you live in a small space doesn’t mean dinner parties aren’t in your future. When you’re hosting a group, this table with more than 2,400 positive reviews on Wayfair can be folded out into a large rectangle with seating for six. When you’re not feeding the masses, the wood-and-metal table can function as a slim 14-inch-deep console.
Winsome Wood Suzanne Kitchen ($156.31, originally $224.99; amazon.com)
Here’s a fact: No matter how small or large your home, guests will always congregate in the kitchen. And if yours is ultra small and lacking in seating, invest in this three-piece breakfast bar set that stores two stools and gives you an extra 30 inches of counter space and a built-in paper towel holder. The set is on wheels, so it’s portable too.
Urban Outfitters Plymouth Sliding Storage Mirror ($149; urbanoutfitters.com)
When installing a bulky medicine cabinet isn’t in the cards, opt instead for this minimalist storage mirror, which includes three 4-inch-deep shelves that are cleverly hidden behind the frame.
Small space bedroom furniture
Winston Porter Houchins Low Profile Storage Platform Bed (starting at $412; wayfair.com)
Pretty much everything about this bed is great. Most importantly, it bears a 4.6-star rating and more than 4,800 positive reviews on Wayfair. But what we really love is that the beautiful tufted set — which includes a headboard and footboard and comes in both gray and navy blue hues — also has four ample drawers for storing whatever your heart desires
Andover Mills Suri Corner Desk (starting at $164.99; wayfair.com)
When your room doesn’t have the space for a stately (and large) Parsons desk, take advantage of the nooks with this corner desk from Wayfair. With more than 2,700 positive reviews on the site, the space-conscious piece includes a drawer and two shelves and comes in five colorways, ranging from light pink to bright red.
Leni Leaning Mirror ($99, originally $179; urbanoutfitters.com)
Just because you live in a studio doesn’t mean you need to give up your full-length mirror — it just means that your mirror needs to work a bit harder than most. This one from Urban Outfitters has non-slip footing and includes hooks and rails to hang or drape your favorite necklaces and scarves.
Compact furniture for small spaces
The Artful Shelf (starting at $94; minted.com)
When in doubt in your small space, look to the walls for answers. Save yourself some precious floor space by hanging shelves throughout to store your wares, from plates and cups in the kitchen to photos and artwork in your living spaces. I’m a big fan of Minted’s wooden ledges, which come in a pretty natural wood stain and are available in four sizes (ranging from 2 to 5 feet long) and have a smart lip design to keep pieces in place.
Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Ermont Bar Cart ($84, originally $119.99; wayfair.com)
A roving table on wheels, the bar cart is one of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the market. Whether you use it to serve up bloody marys during a weekend brunch or to showcase your spirits 24/7, the cart’s wheels mean that it can easily move from room to room depending on your needs. This one from Wayfair’s Laurel Foundry has more than 1,600 positive reviews and a 4.8-star rating, comes in two wood stain hues and is a steal at this price.
Urban Outfitters Three-Tier Hanging Basket ($39; urbanoutfitters.com)
Free up your much-needed counters with these hanging baskets, which are perfect for holding fruit, air plants and more. Made of wood and cotton netting, the boho-chic item is a key kitchen space saver.
Superior Essentials Wall-Mounted Ironing Board ($149.99; amazon.com)
As boring as ironing is, for some of us it’s a must. Eschew the humongous, old-school board in favor of this wall-mounted option that can be moved and locked into multiple places and folds flat against the wall when not in use.
Polder Wall-Mount 24-Inch Accordion Clothes Dryer ($35; amazon.com)
Not all garments should be machine-dried — but the drying racks of yore are way too big for our small spaces. Instead, opt for this wall-mounted version that has seven sturdy rods of drying space. When retracted, the rack extends a mere 5 inches off the wall.
Utex 3-Shelf Bathroom Organizer Over The Toilet ($72.95; amazon.com)
One of the highest-rated over-the-toilet storage solutions on Amazon (it’s got more than 5,000 positive reviews!), this slim piece fits over most standard-size toilets and features sturdy wood shelves that can host everything from glass jars and tissue holders to towels, toilet paper and more. A cheaper option (with nearly 19,000 positive Amazon reviews) is this sleek metal shelf unit that’s now on sale for under $35.
Honey-Can-Do Bamboo Wicker Corner Hamper ($22.25; amazon.com)
If you know, you know: Corners count! Take advantage of one with this bamboo wicker hamper that fits snugly into a crevice, making it the ultimate space-saving laundry solution. With more than 1,400 positive reviews, a 4.6-star rating and a $22 price tag, we think this is well worth the purchase.
Cost Plus World Market Oval Wood Lira 7-Piece Folding Outdoor Dining Set ($1,999.99; worldmarket.com)
To say I’m obsessed with this outdoor dining set would be an understatement. Crafted of smooth eucalyptus wood in a light brown stain, the oval table folds into a compact size, storing its six chairs and cushions. When folded down, the set is portable, thanks to wheels on the table, and it comes with a cover if you’d prefer to keep it outside year-round. More to know: A built-in umbrella clamp eliminates the need for a base!