Space-Saving Furniture: Make Your House Feel Bigger

Space-saving furniture helps you simplify and live more efficiently by creating multipurpose rooms in your home. Well-placed storage furniture, as well as furniture for small spaces, also increases your home storage options and lets you live large despite cramped surroundings.


| August/September 2013



Tiny Home Interior in Snohomish, Washington.

A drop-down table, storage bench and shelves are space-saving features that improve the livability of this 140-square-foot home in Snohomish, Washington.


Photo By Christopher Tack

Efficient home design will never go out of style because of a condition that prevails in most households: The amount of stuff coming in exceeds the amount of stuff going out. Clutter is especially problematic in small homes or apartments, where it can build up rapidly and defeat the efficiency of small-space living. The solutions are to reduce the number of objects you own and use specially designed small-space furniture to better organize what you keep.

Home Storage Solutions

The following five-part plan is based on my years of experience finding extra storage space for clients, most of whom were challenged by tight budgets. Every one of these steps can help declutter your home and solve your storage and organization problems.

1. Multiply Your Multipurpose Rooms

Getting double duty from a single room makes a huge difference in any size of house. Some of the best space-saving furniture to help you create multipurpose rooms was designed and built hundreds of years ago, when living spaces were really small. The drop-leaf table is an excellent example. This classic convertible can be a freestanding piece of furniture, or designed to attach to the wall (see Image Gallery). Either way, the table takes up little space in its dormant mode. But a living room becomes a dining room when the leaves are extended.

You can add an office to any room with the right piece of furniture. Locating a drop-front desk in a corner gives you a small office that can be closed up easily when the room is needed for other purposes. Even better, a wall-mounted drop-front desk folds up into a small, inconspicuous cupboard (see Image Gallery). And a desk on wheels can be pushed out of the way when not in use.

Multipurpose rooms can be created anywhere in the house using furniture for small spaces. If recessed into a wall, an ironing-board cabinet takes up no space at all when it’s not in use, but quickly folds down when needed. One of the most dramatic ways to get double duty out of a room is to install a Murphy bed — a bedstead that folds up into a cabinet when it’s not being slept in. Basically, you construct a recess that holds and hides the bed by building cabinets or shelves that are installed against a wall. A friend and I installed a Murphy bed a couple of years ago in a tiny room that needed to be a home office as well as an occasional bedroom. The special hardware required to counterbalance the weight of the bed isn’t cheap (about $200 for a single bed; see “Space-Saving Furniture Plans” later in this article), but it’s important for safety, and it comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

katierose60
3/30/2016 6:12:09 PM

What a great Tiny House! Wish I had a couple of acres of land here in Virginia and I'd be good to go! Me, my hubby and the 2 dogs would be quite happy here, especially since we don't have much anyway. It would work for us much better than the rent on this Tin Can!! LOL (Mobile Home that depreciates and falls apart.. ) We're used to small spaces. I adore the Tiny House projects.


bradson
5/20/2014 12:47:58 AM

http://www.lakeland-furniture.co.uk/ - Lakeland Furniture specialise in Breakfast Bar Stools, Eames Chair, Eames Office chairs.
http://www.officefurniturecompany.co.uk/chairs/executive-chairs - we provide a complete start to finish service with quality durable furniture at competitive costs.
http://www.ceka.co.uk - UK based Quality office furniture store with a huge range of office furniture including office desks.
http://www.sealy.co.uk/beds-and-mattresses.php - Sealy Mattress Collection including Single, Double, King and Super king size Beds and Mattresses.
http://www.meridian-interiors.co.uk/web/home/refurbishment-fit/ - Meridian Interiors Process - Office Fit Out Planning, Design - A project is only complete when our client is successfully working in their new.


lagraham
1/4/2014 12:29:09 PM

I once had a studio apartment that had a Murphy bed with a different "twist." The bed was on a pivot; you rotated the wall (which had a fake fireplace mantle with a mirror and shelf when the wall was closed) and then pulled the bed down. That would work well with bookshelves, etc. not having to be emptied out to use the bad. Also, the space behind that bed was deep enough that a closet rod ran the width of the opening and my closet space (and a shelf) was behind the bed when closed; rotating the bed halfway gave me access to my clothing, etc.


clayskeets
10/27/2013 1:56:53 AM

For a low cost murphy bed, the lift assist mechanism is not really essential. A standard mattress and lightweight wood frame isn't all that heavy, and a foam mattress is even lighter. If you go this route, a latch to hold it closed is needed for safety.


shirley.belec
7/20/2013 9:29:12 AM

The hidden bed cabinet would be very annoying since all the stuff on it would have to be taken off before putting the bed down.  Very nice room though.


rosiewho
7/19/2013 12:07:48 PM

For murphy beds, this might be a more stable mechanism.

http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=17212






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