Small space furniture: 11 smart buys for tiny apartments

March 27, 2017

Small Apartment IdeasPieces for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and beyond

As urban dwellers brace for shrinking apartments nationwide, making the most of every square foot becomes paramount.

While we love sharing stories of fancy custom touches that instantly transform tiny apartments into radically efficient spaces, there’s no doubt that just one piece of clever, readymade furniture can make a difference in your home, whether that’s adding storage where it seems impossible to do so or adding extra functionality to a standard item.

Below, check out our picks for the best small-space furniture buys that don’t skimp on style, spanning pieces for the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and beyond.
World Market, Wood Accordion Wall Storage, $29.99

Every bit of space counts in a small apartment, so definitely make the most of that entryway. This folding wall storage solution offers 16 hooks for everything you want to hang.
Hayneedle, Turner Lift Top Coffee Table, $137.98

This top of this clean-lined coffee table lifts up to reveal a storage chamber, perfect for stashing away knick knacks or books when guests are around. (If you’re careful to not exert too much pressure, the lift-top can also serve as a makeshift dining table for TV dinners.)
CB2, 3-Piece Peekaboo Acrylic Nesting Table Set, $199.00

Whether used in the living room or by a bed, these transparent nesting tables add extra counter space while avoiding visual clutter.

Bookniture, Field Brown Edition, $86

Now you see it, now you don’t: this clever stool/nightstand/sidetable closes into a “book” that you can tuck away on a shelf.
Anglepoise, Type 75 Mini Floor Lamp, $250

A scaled-down version of the classic British design, this floor lamp can hold a wide range of positions, making for a clean, flexible addition to any small space.

Kohl’s, Winsome Space Saver 3-pc. Dining Set, $224.99

Are you a small-apartment dweller who mostly eats out and rarely entertains? This compact, hideaway dining setup may just be perfect.
Ikea, RÅSKOG Utility Cart, $29.99

Like the bar cart’s more practical cousin, this compact utility cart has an adjustable middle section for different storage needs.
Overstock, Kaysa White Aluminum Modern Bar Stools, $207.98 (Set of 2)

These slim, stackable stools are safe for indoor-outdoor use, so take advantage of that teeny tiny patio if you’re ever so lucky to have one.
AllModern, Orange22 Minimal Floating Desk, $417.99

Add a desk to any wall, slide-out compartment included.
Akron Street, Alta Clothes Rack, $189.00

For when your new apartment doesn’t come with a closet. Womp.
Urban Outfitters, Border Storage Platform Bed, $1,169

A gorgeous Queen-size bed is pretty indulgent for a small apartment, but this one comes with built-in storage on both sides so you don’t have to feel too bad about it.