Small spaces, whether you’re there by choice or not, come with their fair set of problems. Multifunctional spaces, awkward room shapes, and frequent budget restrictions mean that you may not be able to live out your full Pinterest dream home aspirations just yet—but don’t let a lack of square footage prevent you from trying. Here, some of our favorite smart finds that’ll revolutionize your tiny apartment—guaranteed.
Studio Acrylic Storage Table, CB2, $678
Designed in collaboration with Fred Segal, this contemporary coffee table is particularly great because it has built-in storage. Perfect for storing throw blankets or pillows in the warmer months, this is one furniture item you’ll be glad you splurged on.
Floor Lamp with Shelf, Target, $66.49
No space for a side table? Get yourself a light fixture that can do both. As a bonus, this one even has a USB stick so you can charge your phone.
Juliet Balcony Table Rail, Pottery Barn, $149
Tiny apartments are usually accompanied by a tiny balcony (or even fire escape). This innovative design allows you to both display some potted plants and dine al fresco.
Sydney Apartment Cart, Bed Bath & Beyond, $183.99
Don’t stress about your tiny kitchen; a mobile storage-and-counter space is perfect because it fits neatly in the corner and will free up so much cabinet real estate.
Kalmar Sofa, Anthropologie, $2,498
It’s definitely an investment, but this multifunctional item is a sofa, side table, and even daybed all in one. The minimalist aesthetic will help keep your home looking clean and uncluttered.
Glasgow C Table, Target, $47.49
Proof that a stylish side table doesn’t have to take up a ton of space. Opt for a smaller one like this vibrant orange piece, which even has space underneath for a basket. Not to mention, it’s an easy way to bring in a pop of color to liven up a cramped room.
Stool with Drawers, Zara Home, $199
If your kids’ room is on the smaller side, go for something like this to keep toys out of the way and free up nursery space. It also works well as a side table or even bench—and while this particular item is technically meant for kids, the classic design makes it appropriate for all ages.
Luciana Ladder/Room Divider, Urban Outfitters, $229
Need to divvy up a studio apartment? Try a room divider that doubles as storage. Hang towels, scarves, or even plants on this wooden screen.
Satsumas Plant Stand, Ikea, $39.99
Don’t worry: You don’t need to sacrifice your budding green thumb (pun intended) for your tiny home. This plant stand allows you to keep a variety of greenery, and even works outside if you want to spruce up your balcony.
Mercer Shelving Unit, Anthropologie, $148
If you don’t have kitchen cabinets (or you don’t have enough), you need this. There’s just enough space for your plates and bowls, plus a few hooks to house your mugs. It works equally well in the bathroom, to hang up towels and store toiletries if you don’t have a medicine cabinet.
Border Storage Platform Bed
Urban Outfitters, $1,169
Okay, so a double bed might not exactly be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of how to navigate a small space, but hear us out: This platform bed comes with shelving on either side to store everything from books to sweaters. Plus, you can tuck unused items or extra storage bins under the raised-bed to save more space.
Helix Acacia Desk, CB2, $249
This hanging desk is less clunky than a traditional desk, plus it includes extra shelves for storage. It’s ideal if you work from home a lot but don’t have the space for a home office, as you can hang this up on any empty wall. Pair with a foldable chair for maximum space efficiency and you’ll be good to go.
Hideaway Desk, Urban Outfitters
This mid-century-inspired floating desk folds up, making it the perfect home office option for the tiniest room or nook. Use the top ledge as a floating shelf to create even more storage and revel in your smart use of wall space. While the original desk is sold out, you can find a similarly styled wall desk here.
HOP Coat Rack, Bellila, $480
This is SO much more than a coat rack. It’s actually more like a plant stand, coat rack, shelf hybrid—the solution to all your small entryway storage problems.
Leni Leaning Mirror
, Urban Outfitters, $139
Ideal for an entryway or bedroom, this leaning mirror-ladder-combo serves as a catchall for your stuff as you run out the door (and arrive home!) and a mirror for a last look, of course.
Tower Leaning Ladder Rack,Yamazaki, $50
If the addition of a mirror isn’t what you’re looking for, opt instead for a ladder. Hang or drape clothing, purses, and even magazines on your ladder rungs for shallow storage in narrow spaces.
Tower Bathroom Storage Cart
, Urban Outfitters, $69
A slim, rolling cart with hooks for towels is just what tiny bathrooms need. It’s a great alternative to a mounted wall unit or over-the-toilet shelving situation.
LAXSeries 3X Wall Mounted Shelf, Mash Studios, $788
Use the top of this wall unit as a floating shelf… And storage space behind the white doors to hide your stuff that won’t fit in your already full junk drawer. (It’s okay, we won’t tell.)
Table In A Bag, Crate and Barrel, $49.95
If you’re gifted with a teeny tiny outdoor space or are stranded without one at all, this one’s for you and your outdoor entertaining dreams. Keep this table, that conveniently rolls up to be stored in a bag, handy for summertime picnics.
Shale 4 Drawer Modern Wood Dresser, Bludot, $2,499
Pro tip: Your TV console can be used as a dresser. Yes, that means getting rid of all those old DVDs, but the cleaning out will be worth the multifunctional furniture.
Solace Mirror With Shelf
, Native Trails, $575.99
Why hang a mirror above a shelf when you can simply have a mirror attached to a built-in shelf? This product is perfect for a mini vanity or a casual entryway.
Tower Magazine Rack and Table, Yamazaki, $76.99
We know a lot about storing (and hoarding) magazines, and are in a deep, deep love with this side table as a solution to housing our collection.
Tower Standing Coat Hanger, Yamazaki, $55
Use this mini hanging rack to plan your outfits for the week ahead—and keep your closet (and room!) organized.
Belmont Sconce, Serena & Lily, $398
No space for a bedside table or lamp? An on-trend, metallic sconce is a natural solution.
Mercer Appetizer Plates, Crate & Barrel, $21.95
Easily stackable plates are an underrated kitchen accessory. We’re especially digging this crisp, white set for summer.
Brimnes Dressing Table, Ikea, $100
Use this dressing table as a desk by day and a vanity by morning and night. The built-in mirror is convenient and there’s tons of hidden storage.
This story was originally published April 1, 2017. It was updated March 28, 2018.
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