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. Ahead, some of our favorite smart finds that’ll revolutionize your tiny apartment, guaranteed.
A small space often means a small kitchen. A small kitchen often means a lack of counter and storage space. While we can’t make your kitchen any more expansive, we can, however, recommend this modern farmhouse utility cart in a gray-washed wood and concrete top. During the week this will expand your kitchen prep space and house all your go-to cooking ingredients and spices. During the weekend, this can become a home bar and snack counter. Lockable castors mean it’s ready to roll whenever, and wherever you need it.
Studio Acrylic Storage Table, CB2, $599
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.
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.
It’s well known that mirrors are a go-to for small spaces as they reflect light and make limited space appear larger. That said, do you know what’s even better for a small space than a mirror? A mirror with hanging hooks! While this stately, arched number is bouncing light and allowing you to check the results of that makeup tutorial, it will also be providing five hooks on which to hang everything from purses to jackets, to umbrellas and more.
Glasgow C Table, Target, $37.49
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.
One of the major challenges of living in a small space is often the lack of storage space. What’s a girl to do when she’s only got one closet? Let us introduce you to the versatility of the storage bench. It could be placed at the foot of a bed, in an entryway, or even at the dining table.
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.
Florence Room Divider, $199
When living in a small space (especially a studio apartment) there comes a time when all you want is to have separate spaces for separate purposes. A room divider is a great way to create a distinct division within your space without the permanence of putting up a wall. The “Florence” is a prime specimen for a few reasons; the white finish will reflect light, the lattice design of the upper half will keep your space open and sightlines unobstructed, and the open gaps in the lattice could easily work for storing scarves, belts, and even folded throw blankets.
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 an empty wall. Pair with a foldable chair for maximum space efficiency and you’ll be good to go.
At $299, the price of this mid-century futon sofa really can’t be beaten. Plus, it’s an ideal solution if you have a small space, but still want to be able to host guests crashing for the night (so long, deflated air mattress).
Helena Coat Rack, Powell, $84
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.
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.
Given your bed eats up a hefty chunk of your bedroom’s real estate, it only makes sense to make it serve double duty. This upholstered frame stays low to the ground, which can increase the apparent relative height of your ceilings while adding four storage drawers, ideal for easy access to your everyday basics.
Tower Leaning Ladder Rack,Yamazaki, $50
If the addition of a mirror isn’t what you’re looking for, opt for a ladder instead. Hang or drape clothing, purses, and even magazines on your ladder rungs for shallow storage in narrow spaces.
When your space is limited, any extraneous pieces of furniture that take up vertical space can start to make the room feel cluttered. So, instead of letting your bedroom become dominated by a traditionally bulky table lamp, ditch that silhouette completely. This design reduces the concept of a table lamp to a minimal cube shape for optimal simplicity, and thus, maximal breathing room. Not to mention, it rings in at $35.
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.
Let’s be real. The space above your toilet isn’t doing much work for you as of now. Given the first rule of small-space living is, “Thou shalt not let any unused space go unchallenged,” it’s time to turn this real estate into functional bathroom storage. This design includes both an exposed shelf, great for candles or lotion, as well as a pair of caned-bamboo cabinet space ideal for storing clean towels.
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, Walmart, $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.
Whether you’re freelancing from home, or developing your next crafting masterpiece, having a dedicated workspace can be a major factor in driving productivity and focus. In a small, urban home, however, a desk is often the first item to get cut due to the scarcity of unused wall space. With this writing desk design, you can sidestep that obstacle by finding an unused corner and installing a petite working nook. The surface is just large enough for one person and comes in both a simple, easily accessorized white finish, or, a pop of mint if that suits your color fancy.
Shale 4 Drawer Modern Wood Dresser, Bludot, $2,199
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.
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 deep, deep love with this side table as a solution to housing our collection.
Belmont Sconce, Serena & Lily, $398
No space for a bedside table or lamp? An on-trend, metallic sconce is a natural solution.
Traditionally-sized bookcases are often too wide for the available nooks in a small space. That’s why we adore this narrow yet highly functional design. Delightfully petite, yet plentiful in storage, with its two, deep, bottom drawers. It would be perfect for showcasing a miniature library, personal mementos, and a plant or two, whilst tucking away any necessary files or clutter into the drawers beneath.
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 with new information.
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