Making Your Furniture Work Harder


Small space living forces residents to be creative. Problem #1: You have x number of belongings and a comparably small amount of space to put them in. Thankfully this is not a new problem in the world and many innovators and companies have dedicated their time to solving these kinds of spacial issues. One of the easiest ways to combat limited space is to acquire furniture that works harder for you – furniture which has storage or organizational space built in.

Chairs –

Seating can be one of the easiest and least expensive areas to replace your traditional furniture with something more efficient. One of the simplest options for social seating is to use ottomans with storage space under the cushion. These range in price, but very affordable options are easy to come by, like this one carried by Target. Many retailers also sell benches with similar storage space underneath the cushion. Another creative way to boost your chairs’ workload is with ladder-backed chairs, such as this one from small-space giant IKEA. This particular chair has an extended back which creates a towel rack (there have to be a million ways to use this thing!), allowing it to do double duty.

Beds –

The route I’ve taken with the bed is definitely the least expensive – risers and under the bed storage. But there are other, more aesthetically pleasing and efficient routes. Bed frames with built in storage underneath, like this one with inconspicuous drawers, are a smart choice for a renter. Better yet, frames or headboards with shelves are fantastic for storage. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous you could even opt for a lofted bed with a workspace or storage area underneath. Oftentimes in a small apartment, the only direction to go is up! See a good list of storage beds put together by here.

Tables –

Coffee tables are a great place to store the odd pile of books, dvd’s, or cd’s (people still have those, right?!). If your coffee table has open shelving, consider getting baskets to help organize belongings in. There are also special coffee tables which open up to reveal a larger storage space inside. Then you don’t need to worry so much about making it pretty! This coffee table from Crate and Barrel may not be the most cost effective, but it is both an attractive table and one that works hard for your storage needs.

Once you find some hard-working furniture, you’ll be surprised at how easily you can fit everything into your cozy apartment!