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Fitting your entire life in a tiny apartment isn’t always easy but it is possible. And whether you’re opting to live in small spaces because of financial limitations or a concern about your carbon footprint, there are ways to make the most of a small apartment design. Many businesses now specialize in creating smart furniture ideas that will help you make the most of your limited space.
So to help you in your journey, we’ve put together a list of some of the best options for you. And this isn’t just a matter of recommending bunkbeds (though they can help when you have a family that’s trying to fit in a tiny apartment). Below, you’ll find everything from creative, transforming coffee tables to beds that you can store upright (and won’t look tacky) when they’re not being used.
So don’t give up hope on finding comfort in spite of your small space. There is a way to make the most of your square footage. Here are a handful of suggestions for how you can do just that…
1. The Bunk-Bed Couch
If your bedroom space is limited and you feel like you’re having to decide between having a bedroom and having a presentable living room, look no further than one of these bunk-bed couches.
During the day – when guests might pop in at any time – the bottom portion of the bed can act as a fashionable couch, complete with three comfortable back cushions. A set of shelves run along one side of the bed so that plants, pictures, or books can easily be displayed, giving it a classy look. And when it’s time for lights out, the couch transforms into a full-sized bed in seconds. There are even a set of drawers that line the bottom of the bed for easily-accessible clothing storage.
This is a great piece of furniture that not only looks stylish, it’s incredibly practical and easy to use. This is one of the best smart furniture ideas you could make if you don’t have much room for a normal bedroom.
2. Another Bunk-Bed Couch Option
If you like the idea of a bunkbed that can double as a couch but you need it to have a smaller footprint because of your small apartment design then look no further. At first glance, this appears to be nothing more than a stylish, modern couch. But after just a few seconds, it transforms into a full-sized set of bunkbeds.
This is a great way for you to make the most of your limited apartment space by storing two beds and a couch in nothing more than a handful of square feet. And the best thing about it is that it not only looks hip, it’s comfortable as well.
3. The Hidden Bed
If you’re looking for ways to maximize your space during the day, a great option for your tiny apartment is the hidden bed. This is a bed that is stored upright in piece of furniture that appears to be a normal, professional-looking cabinet at first glance. When you wake up in the morning, simply raise the bed back into its storage compartment and free up several dozen square feet of floorspace.
One of the really nice things about these pieces of furniture is that you can get them in various sizes and arrangements. Both vertical and horizontal cabinets are available so that no matter what your home looks like, you can utilize this piece of space-saving furniture.
4. The Multi-Purpose Bed
You may be wondering if there’s any way to utilize a bed’s footprint in a more effective and efficient manner. This is especially true if you have children – and multiple beds – that you need to situate in a small apartment design. One of the best ways to make the most of your space is to purchase a bed that does more than just sleep a single person.
A multi-purpose bed like the one found in the above link has a normal bed, it also holds a pull-out mattress underneath so that you can sleep twice as many people with the same storage space. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s a sizable opening between the two beds that can be used for storing small totes. And once you’ve got that storage area filled, you can pull a set of curtains tight, giving it a more presentable face.
Two beds and storage space in the footprint of one bad – that’s not bad at all.
5. A Bed with Ample Storage
One of the most challenging aspects of life in a tiny apartment is the lack of storage space. When you have a limited number of square feet to begin with, priority goes to the necessities – beds, tables, dressers, etc. Unfortunately, this can leave you with precious little space for storing important documents as well as boxes of this-and-that which you’ve collected over the years.
Fortunately, there is a way to maximize the space that you’ve been given. A bed like the one linked to above will not only sleep well, it will give you access to storage space beneath it with very little effort. The actual bed lifts off the frame, giving you an entire bed’s worth of space to store whatever you need to. And the best thing of all is that, since it’s contained inside the frame, it can’t be accessed or seen when the bed is sitting on the frame like normal.
6. Tables That Do More
When living with a small apartment design, it’s not just your bedroom space that suffers. You’ll often need for your living room to triple as both a sleeping space as well as a dining area. But if you bring in a full-sized dining table, you won’t have space for much else.
Fortunately, there are dining solutions that allow you to have a comfortable place to eat – even if you have visitors over – and won’t take up all of your other living space.
7. A Desk…And A Dining Room Table
Having a usable desk while living in a tiny apartment is usually a no-go. All of that precious space is needed for beds, chairs, and a dining room table. But there is a solution that allows you to have the best of both worlds. At first, this piece of furniture appears to be little more than a small, narrow desk set against a wall. You can pull up a chair and use it in this way with no problem. But when it’s time to eat, a few adjustments will turn this desk into a dining room table that easily seats three or – if you expand it to its full length – five.
This is the perfect piece of furniture for a family – or someone who likes to have company over for dinner – but doesn’t have the space for a large dining room table. If you’re looking to maximize your living and dining space, this is a great option for you.
8. From a Shelf to a Table in Seconds!
If you’re looking for a smaller dining room table – both when it’s stored and when it’s full-size – then this might be a good option for you. When you first see this piece of furniture, you’ll probably think that it’s just another quality-made shelf. Fortunately, that’s not all that it is. It can easily be changed into a full-sized dining table that comfortably seats four. And it looks great! This piece of furniture is a great reminder that you don’t have to sacrifice style or class when you’ve got a limited space to live in.
9. More Than a Coffee Table
Smaller living spaces often mean eliminating superfluous furniture. When you only have a few hundred square feet of space to begin with, you can’t afford to waste any of it on furniture that isn’t absolutely necessary. Because of this, coffee tables are often one of the first things to go. But what if you could have a coffee table that was more than a coffee table?
This piece of furniture looks like little more than a rather large coffee table at first glance. But it’s top – broken up into three pieces – can pull out from the center and act as a low desk or even double as a dining area. And in addition to this, the entire table also doubles as a large storage space.
This coffee table allows you to have a coffee table, dining area, and storage space in one central location. If you’re a fan of coffee tables and don’t mind eating from the couch, this could be the perfect option for your small living room.
10. A Dining Room Table and More
If you’re looking for smart furniture ideas that will make the most of your limited space, look no further than this modern-looking, sleek table. Though it appears to be little more than a desk at first, it can easily change into much more. It’s built on a frame that raises and lowers on command so that you can quickly turn this desk into a coffee table. And if it’s too small, you can double the size of it, making it a rather large coffee table or even a full-sized dining room table that can comfortably sit up to ten people.
This is the perfect piece of furniture for the tiny apartment owner who loves having company over or who has a large family. In addition to the way that it transforms into larger and higher forms, it’s also strong enough to hold a full-grown man. Because of this it’s a convenient way to reach high areas in your apartment. And on top of all of this, it has several drawers that provide extra storage space when you need it. This really is the perfect table for those who have limited space.
11. A Table That’s Also a Kitchen Cabinet
If you live in a small space, then you know just how difficult it can be to store all of your cooking and kitchen supplies. One of the best ways to keep everything you need for making healthy, cheap meals is by finding a cabinet that does more than just act as a cabinet.
This cabinet has storage space for dry goods, dishes, and other small kitchen supplies. And once your meal is complete, you can pull out a full-sized table from it, giving you the perfect place to eat as well. It can seat up to five adults so whether you’re a single person who likes having friends over or you have a sizable family, this table to fit your needs. And even better, it’s not only very stylish and modern-looking, it also comes in a variety of colors so you can make sure that it matches the other furniture in your home.
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