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.
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.