24 Furniture Ideas To Maximize Your Space In A Small Apartment

24 Furniture Ideas To Maximize Your Space In A Small Apartment
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links and I may receive a commission if you purchase through them.

If you live in a very small apartment or condo, you know just how valuable space.

Whether it’s a tiny college dorm or a small studio apartment in the city, every square foot counts when there’s not enough room.

When you’ve only got a few hundred square feet of room to work with, it’s likely that you’re just not going to have enough space to fit all of your furniture, belongings, and home decor and still have functional space to walk in between.

compact ideas to utilize a small space efficiently

24 Furniture Ideas To Maximize Your Space In A Small Apartment

Luckily, there is a work around this and it’s all about making smart choices with compact furniture pieces that can be used for multiple occasions and don’t take up a lot of room.

In today’s post, I talk about 24 space-saving furniture and accessory pieces that will help maximize your space in a small apartment and create a comfortable living space – all without sacrificing functionality!

1. Foldable Chairs

foldable chairs

Foldable chairs are an amazing invention and are totally perfect for small living spaces. These foldable wooden chairs can be easily stored when they’re not in use.

Fold them up and store them away when you’re not using them and take them out only when you need them.

This makes them so easy to move with because they’re compact and don’t need to be stacked.

They also come with vinyl padding which makes them quite comfortable to sit on.

2. Bean Bag Chair

bean bag chair

A bean bag chair is such a fun addition to any living room or bedroom.

It can be easily shaped to your liking and is also super comfortable – so much that you might even accidentally fall asleep on it.

The most awesome thing about it is that it takes up so much less space than a couch so if you have very little room and you can’t fit a couch, a bean bag chair is a great substitute.

3. Saucer Chair

white faux fur saucer chair

A saucer chair, like a bean bag chair, is the perfect substitute for a couch if you are working with a small living space.

This faux-fur saucer chair is easy to fold up, transport on a whim, and is oh-so-comfortable to sit on.

Put it in your living room or bedroom to add an extra flair.

4. Dining Room Table

dining room table

If you have a really small kitchen with very little storage room, buying a compact, multi-functional dining table is a great way to save space.

Look for a table that has a built-in cupboard for extra space.

5. Ottoman


An ottoman is a great functional furniture piece that can act as both a place to sit as well as storage for your belongings that you want out of sight.

Use this at your front door for people who want to sit down when they put on their shoes or place it in the living room.

ways to make a small room more functional

6. Floating Wall-Mounted TV Console

floating tv stand

A TV stand often times take up a lot of unnecessary real estate in your living room that can be used for something else.

Instead of getting a large TV stand, why not consider a floating wall-mounted TV console.

This compact TV console will hold everything you need for your TV including extra room for home decor pieces all while saving you space.

7. Lift-Top Coffee Table

lift-top coffee table

This isn’t just any normal coffee table!

If you have limited space and you don’t have room for both a dining room and a coffee table in your home, this lift-top coffee table is a great piece to save money and space.

This cool 2-in-1 coffee table is designed to lift up when you need a more elevated surface such as while you’re eating in front of the TV or when you’re studying.

It’s also super easy to change back into just a coffee table. Just push it down again when you have guests over.

Don’t forget about the ample storage room inside that can store your books, magazines, and whatever else you need in the living room.

8. Daybed

daybed to save space

If you live in a small studio apartment or a loft, a daybed is such an essential piece of furniture that can save you a ton of room.

Since space is so limited in a studio apartment, a daybed can act as both a bed and a couch.

Not only will you have more room, it’s great for your wallet as well because you’ll only have to purchase one piece of furniture instead of two.

This daybed also has a trundle which comes in handy if you have any guests who want to sleep over or you can just keep it as an extra storage bin.

9. Bed Frame With Drawers

Tufted Upholstered Storage Bed

If a daybed isn’t your style and you require a larger bed, a bed frame with drawers underneath is a great space saver.

As a lack of storage space is often a problem with living in a small apartment, this bed frame allows you to use the free space underneath your bed as much as possible.

It’ll also keep your stuff dust-free, which is a huge plus.

If you’re looking for a mattress to pair with the bed frame, here are a few companies that allow you to try them for free:

10. BedShelfie


If your bedroom has very limited space and you don’t have any room to place a nightstand next to your bed, a BedShelfie is a definite must.

This little shelf is designed to be clamped on to any bed frame ledge and is sturdy enough to put all of your bedtime essentials on it without the entire thing toppling over and falling.

Add your water, phone, alarm clock, hand cream, and whatever else you need before you sleep and you’re good to go!

ways to maximize your space in a small apartment

11. Hanging Closet Organizer

closet organizer with compartments

A lot of times, closet space isn’t used optimally.

Make use of your unused vertical closet space by using a nifty hanging closet organizer so you have more room to put your clothes and accessories.

It’s compartmentalized so you can sort and organize your belongings easily and it’s also collapsible and lightweight so it’s easy to move.

12. Hanging Shoe Organizer

over the door shoe organizer

Another great room saver is an over-the-door hanging shoe organizer.

Shoes take up so much room on the floor or shoe rack so save up that space by putting small sandals, slippers, flats, and heels into a hanging shoe organizer.

The great part is that it can be hidden by the door so no one even knows its there except you.

13. Vanity

small vanity with wheels

Don’t have room for a full-sized vanity? This small vanity has a flip-top mirror so you can also use it as a desk. This portable table even has wheels so you can move it around wherever you need it.

14. Corner Bookshelf

corner bookshelf

Room corners are often left unused.

Make use of that space by placing some extra home decor pieces or books on a corner bookshelf.

15. Corner Desk

wood corner desk

If you like the idea of actually using the corner space more than just placing a shelf there, a corner desk is great if you need the extra surface to work at.

16. Wall Shelf

white and gold wall shelf

Wall shelves are totally your friend when you live in a small space.

They’re a great place to add some wall art, books, or display other home decor pieces to add some personality to your home without taking up much room.

Put them in every room from your bedroom, bathroom, living room, to your kitchen – you name it!

Ideas To Decorate Your Shelves & Desk

17. Wall-Mounted Desk

wall-mounted floating desk

Don’t have room for a large desk to put your laptop and books on while you study or work?

This wall-mounted desk is functional and perfect for a small space because it barely takes up any room at all.

wooden frame minimalistic floating desk

If you’re looking for something a little more compact and simplistic, check out the minimalistic wooden wall-mounted desk above.

18. Fold-Out Table

Sometimes there’s so little room that one piece of furniture needs to work for multiple purposes.

floating desk with wooden legs

This compact foldable floating desk shown above is great to expand and pull down when you need a small dining room table while you eat or as a mini desk when you’re studying.

When you’re done with it, just fold it back up and you’ll free up so much space again.

compact mini folding desk

If you’re looking for something even smaller, this is an adorable mini compact folding desk that takes up almost no room at all.

19. Book Shelf Desk

book shelf with attached writing desk

If you’re looking for a desk that doesn’t need to be folded down but is still a multi-functional piece, this writing desk shown above is a great alternative that has a large shelving area and also a keyboard tray.

The desk can’t be folded up when you’re not using it but having a book shelf and a desk all in one is a nice space saver. 

20. Ladder Desk

ladder desk

This ladder desk is also another awesome alternative if you’re looking for something that’s a little more compact but still stylish and can hold a lot above the desk without having to fold down the desk area.

bookshelf with small floating desk

Here is another great compact floating desk if you need more bookshelf space.

21. Mobile Desk

mobile desk

If your apartment doesn’t have enough room to add a desk, a mobile desk might be just what you need.

This desk is great because the height is adjustable and you can move it wherever you need to use it – in the bedroom, living room, you name it!

It’s the perfect piece for a tiny space.

22. Bathroom Shelf Organizer

over the toilet storage rack

If your bathroom is so small that you can’t fit anything in there due to the lack of closet space or the lack of room in general, you’ll need this three-shelf bathroom shelf organizer.

It fits right over top your toilet so you can use the extra space to store all of your toiletries.

23. Shower Caddy

shower caddy
When you’re tight for space, a shower caddy can really come in handy.

Place all your shower essentials in it and stay organized.

24. Bathroom Corner Shelf

Freestanding Bathroom Shelves

Lastly, a corner bathroom shelf is a great addition to use any excess space to store extra things such as toilet paper rolls, soap, and bath necessities that you might have in your bathroom.


It’s totally doable to create a comfortable and functional living space if you live in a small apartment.

You just need to furnish your home with smart space-saving furniture pieces that can be used for multiple occasions and don’t take up a lot of room.

I hope this post was helpful to you and that these 24 ideas will help maximize your living space if you live in a small apartment.

More Furniture Ideas

nifty furniture ideas for a small space

What are some furniture pieces you have in your small apartment that helps you save space?


  1. Natalie Allen says:

    We made corner shelves in our living room: we live in NYC and space is EVERYTHING to us! I love the idea of the “bed shelfie” I’d never heard of that before, but I can see that working really well!

    1. Corner shelves are such a great use of free space! I’m glad you’re making things work out for you despite the space issue, Natalie! 🙂

  2. Ruthie Ridley says:

    Great ideas! Love the chairs and ottoman!

  3. love the saucer chair! It would totally rock in my room


  4. These are some great options! I’m looking into getting a condo soon and these will be so helpful! Storage ottomans are definitely a must have 🙂

  5. Kendra Byers says:

    These are perfect ideas! I love that foldout table!! I’d probably make the “leg” a corkboard!

    Kendra B

    1. That’s a great idea! Glad you like these pieces, Kendra 🙂

  6. Tracy Yeager Cleland says:

    I love the variety of desks you presented here–there’s something for everyone!

  7. Dr. Linda Gonzalez says:

    I have a glass and metal coffee/dining that adjusts up or down, and rolls on small
    wheels! I don’t need a dining room!

  8. This is really useful, thank you!

  9. I love the lift up coffee table! Have you also considered a sofa with integrated storage space?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *