Decor & Styling

The Best Double-Duty Furniture for Small Spaces


One of the major rules of small space living is to look for and invest in furniture pieces that can serve multiple purposes. Small spaces present a number of challenges, from live/sleep studio rooms to dining areas that might have to double as home offices. Double-duty furniture can help solve many of these problems. Here are some of our favorite pieces for your own small space:

Dip-dyed stools, Serena & Lily

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As seen above, these Serena & Lily dip-dyed stools are great as seating, side tables or even ottomans. The smaller version, in particular, is perfect for stashing in nooks and crannies or as a vanity or desk stool. For a more budget-friendly option, try a DIY! 


Source: The Everygirl

Carts can serve a variety of functions in a small home, from the kitchen to the bathroom and every room in between. The IKEA RASKOG cart is a cult favorite, and has even made multiple appearances here on The Everygirl — we love it for extra workspace and kitchen storage.

Peekaboo Acrylic Console Table, CB2

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The Peekaboo acrylic collection from CB2 is great for small spaces, since lucite furniture literally lets the light through to help a room seem bigger. Use the console table as a desk now, and as an entryway piece if you move on to larger digs.

MALM Dresser, IKEA

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The MALM collection from IKEA is a small-space classic, especially the versatile MALM dresser. While it can, of course, store all your clothes, it also works surprisingly well in a living room or as a media stand — just add a few brass or lucite pulls to liven up the design.  

REVISION 6/28/16: IKEA has recalled thousands of dressers due to tipping accidents with children. Please always anchor furniture used in a child’s room. To read more about this recall, click here.

Moroccan Pouf, Lulu & Georgia

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This style of pouf is available from a variety of shops. They work in practically every room of the house, serving as extra seating, ottomans, or even a coffee-table substitute with a tray on top. 

Industrial Storage Coffee Table, West Elm

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If you have enough space for a proper coffee table, the West Elm Industrial Storage Coffee Table is a wonderful option thanks to its hidden storage capabilities. It’s perfect for stashing DVD collections, holiday decorations and more.

Gateleg Dining Table, Various Designers and Retailers

Source: Apartment Therapy

Drop-leaf and gateleg dining tables are a small kitchen or dining area’s best friend, thanks to their ability to expand for extra seating and collapse to save space when not in use. They’re available at a variety of price points, from IKEA to Crate and Barrel.

Novo Acrylic Folding Table, CB2

Source: Brit & Co

From a side table, to a makeshift workspace, to an extra dining space for guests, this folding tray table is a small space workhorse — and stylish to boot!


Source: The Everygirl

A true small-space classic, these shelves are an Everygirl favorite. The KALLAX (formerly known as EXPEDIT) has popped up in multiple home tours, and we’ve even done a feature on three ways to style the 4×4 version. The large version makes an excellent studio room divider, too.

Would you purchase any of these items for your home?