Ace of Space: Make More Out of Less Furniture

If you live in a small apartment, it's essential to have multifunctional furniture. Multifunctional furniture saves space, creates an environment that is open, and makes entertaining and hanging out at home more enjoyable. So think outside the box and invest in beautiful, useful furniture for your little abode.

Remember you don't have to spend a fortune to outfit your home. You can find cool and stunning furniture on Craigslist and Freecyclce. You can go with cheap basic furniture or invest in more expensive items if necessary. Considering the value and function of each item you definitely add more dimension to your home.

Here are five options to consider:

1. Space saving beds
Futons are perfect for small spaces. When you entertain or want to watch a movie, your bed is magically transformed into a lovely couch.

2. Find comfy chairs and pillows
Integrating light weight, movable chairs into your home is a must. The Ikea POÄNG is a perfect example of this concept. I'm also a fan of big cushy pillows. You can use pillows for extra seating and they add a little color and spice to your abode.

3. Invest in a minimal desk
I've talked about my love for Heckler Design in a previous post. One Less Desk is perfect for small spaces. It only occupies 12 inches of room space when put away. So the desk can be easily tucked into a corner when you're not working. Or, perhaps, a laptop station is more your speed. And by the nature of the design of both of these options you'll be forced to declutter your office.

4. Use your coffee table for multiple activities
I have a basic Ikea coffee table that has been perfect for working at home and entertaining. However, I've been on the lookout for a vintage coffee table. Castro convertible coffee tables are amazing. They allow seating for up to 8 people! Vintage Castro convertible coffee tables can be hard to locate. But it's not impossible. You can find them on eBay or in Apartment Therapy's Scavenger section.

If you're not into the vintage theme, consider some of these height-adjustable tables:

5. Expedit Bookshelf
The Expedit bookshelf is made by IKEA and is available in multiple sizes. And it's one of my favorite designs. I've seen this bookshelf a number of times on Apartment Therapy. It's been used as a room divider and a bed!

Tammy Strobel blogs at RowdyKittens about simple living and is the author of Simply Car-free: How to Pedal Toward Financial Freedom and a Healthier Life.

The Ace of Space is a bi-weekly column that will provide you with the tips and tools to live lightly and creatively in a small space.
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