The Best Furniture for Small Spaces

Whether you're downsizing to smaller digs or just looking for ways to reorganize your small space, a little creativity and planning goes a long way.

Living Room

Smaller-scale, simply designed and multipurpose furniture pieces suit smaller rooms.Smaller-scale, simply designed and multipurpose furniture pieces suit smaller rooms.
The best furniture for small rooms is multifunctional and compact in order to maximize your space. Think multi-purpose pieces such as sofabeds and room dividers with shelving. Computer armoires can hold much more than your PC and when you're done working, all your stuff is hidden away behind closed doors.

Smaller-scale, simply designed furniture pieces suit smaller rooms better than overstuffed pieces. Coffee tables with shelving or sliding doors hold books and magazines. Extra seating options include ottomans with storage space inside, a window seat under a bay window or a long bench along a wall. When floor space is limited, go vertical. One tall bookcase can hold as much as two smaller ones.

Dining Area

Round dining room tables take up less space than rectangular ones. If there is no separate dining room, a small table can do double duty as an eating space and a work table for a laptop. Folding chairs can be stored away when not in use, and depending on how often you entertain, you might not need a dining room table at all. For casual dining, folding TV tables are just the ticket.


Sliding doors on storage pieces take up less room than furniture with doors that swing out. Foldaway or loft beds will free up floor space. Closets fitted with organizer systems save space and keep everything neat and accessible. A row of sturdy hooks on a wall holds purses, totes and belts, keeping everything visible and easily accessible.


About the Author

Lee Weal began writing and editing online content as a corporate intranet administrator in 2000 and was also the publisher and editor of a monthly employee newsletter. Her articles specialize in children's issues and home improvement.