9 must-have multifunctional furniture pieces for small spaces

Because your room can (and will) work harder

Collage of multifunctional furniture items like a dining table, wall storage, and tv unit
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Apartment living can make it challenging to find furniture that fits in your space and items that you actually like. If you live in a studio — or even a one-bedroom — a shortage of square footage makes it hard to fully furnish a space at all. You might have to repurpose your kitchen table as a desk, use your dresser as a TV stand, or find other unique storage ideas. Or, you might be wondering which are the best furniture stores to shop at?

Regardless of your floor plan, there’s one surefire way to make the most of the space you do have — multipurpose furniture. You might think of multifunctional furniture as a thing of the past (as in something you left behind once you graduated college), but it offers renters a practical way to furnish and decorate an apartment without things feeling too cluttered. It’s also more budget-friendly to pick a few solid pieces of furniture you really love rather than packing in as many items as you can.

Multifunctional furniture we're into

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To help you furnish your space as efficiently and stylishly as possible, we’ve rounded up these nine finds. All of them are ideal for a small apartment, and they’ll help you make the most of the room you do have.

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Kara Thompson is a Denver-based journalist with over five years of experience writing lifestyle content. She has written for a variety of publications, including townandcountrymag.com, elledecor.com, goodhousekeeping.com, and Parents, where she covered all things home, food, fashion, travel, and holidays. During her time on staff at Parents, Kara launched her own home decor and organization column named Save My Space. In 2022, she left her full-time job as an editor and started her own writing, editing, and social media firm, Kara Thompson and Co.

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