Every day we see new cool and modern design. Space saving furniture is popular as never before as the price per sq.ft. continue to rise in all major cities.
Let’s dive right in and check out some of the cool ideas.
Bathroom furniture that fits everywhere
Corner sinks are also super cool. They will let you fit a sink everywhere.
The idea of placing the sink in the corner often makes a lot of sense when you are trying to fit everything in small spaces. The corners are often unused space, and by placing furniture here we leave the wall for other possibilities.
Check out this layout as well. Very optimized and modern:
We have more ideas here for basins for small bathrooms.
Murphy beds you can afford
We love the Murphy bed and we have written about it many times.
They used to cost a ton and the best designs were only available at exclusive Italian stores, but today everybody can afford a Murphy bed.
When you think about the amount of money you save from being able to live in a smaller apartment, around $1,000- 1,300 is actually a low price!
These two beds are some of the cheapest Murphy beds we have found:
Another great minimalistic design that we really like as well is this Murphy bed. It’s a standard king-size bed, and just like the model above, it will lift its own weight when you need to pull it up.
So no sore backs or lower back pain from lifting and lowering these beautiful beds:
I love how straight lines and clean modern feel of the design here. It’s really something that can blend into any room. If you placed this in your living room you could avoid having a separate room for sleeping!
We have written a separate post about affordable murphy beds here.
If you don’t want to put your kids in the living room, the Poppi board by Clei is a great solution.
It will give your kids a sleeping space, without taking up too many square feet.
The Poppi board is a very clever multi-function wall bed. It has storage, a desk and a single bed all in one
It takes up the space of a normal free standing closet. It measures 7 x 6 feet (210 x 180 cm) and is 24 (60 cm) inches deep.
On the top half, you have storage, covered by sliding doors. You can fit it with all shelves or half for hanging clothes. The Poppi Board has space to fit a whole wardrobe for a kid and it will probably still have room for a printer, books or storage for toys.
On the bottom half, it has a desk. The desk is mounted on the backside of the bed, so it’s the same length as the bed and 20 inches (50 cm) deep. It can fit a computer, schoolbooks, a lamp, really everything a kid would need to do homework or smaller projects.
Also, the desk doesn’t take up any floor space, so the floor is free to play on, building a railway, playing with Lego’s or dolls.
Check out the Poppi Board at the European manufacturer at www.clei.it.
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Sofa transforms into guest bed (extendable)
Adrien Rovero is a furniture designer who specializes in space saving furniture with multi-function.
This green sofa has can be pulled out, and double function as a guest bed for a couple.
When you need a few extra sleeping spots, you just pull out the frame.
You can extend the sofa to double length with a spring mechanism, and rearrange the pillows.
It doesn’t look super comfortable, but as a guest bed it should do just fine.
It’s a great idea to get inspired by.
Stylish folding tables
Let’s start with a fold-up table that you can build yourself.
It’s a very simple and elegant design and all it really takes is a white table top and hinges:
This kind of table is also called a floating table.
We haven’t been able to find the designer or anywhere to buy it, but you can find similar tables here from $40.
The next table can flip up and work close off a wall-mounted shelving unit. It’s a clever way of installing a small working desk in the living room. Once in a while, you may want to sit in the living room and work, and with this solution, you can do so without adding a real desk:
Another solution we really love is this wall-mounted table.
It totally blends into space as a picture, and when you have guests over or dinner is ready you just flip it down.
Voila! now you have seating for 4 people:
We have also mentioned this table in this post about furniture for small spaces.
Designs like these make me want to become a furniture designer!
And we cannot mention space saving tables without including the Goliath table. It’s simply one of the coolest tables for small spaces.
We have managed to find a cheaper alternative to the original Italian design.
The Goliath table can be hidden as a tiny console table, and when you pull it out it will seat up to 14 people!
Just today I did a little more research on this table and found it over at Amazon at the best price.
The table is originally an Italian design and it has never been for sale online, and when we found it in stores in New York it went for more than a whopping 3,000 dollars!
If you want to know more about this cool table you can read a post here we dedicated entirely to this table.
Adrien Rovero has created this cool convertible sofa, that transforms into a table in seconds.
The design is simple, and the transformation is easy.
This is one of the transformable furniture, that really seems to work well in both versions.
The built-in side tables on each side of the sofa are just genius, it’s also a great way to make sure the structure is stable and doesn’t slide out of place.
Adrien Rovero is 32 and his design studio is placed in Switzerland.
The design is inspired by a traditional trestle structure, and the basic structure is made of metal, while the seat/desk is made of light wood.
That means that it is easy to operate, and in seconds you can turn it into a table.
Stairs can also be stylish
Small city homes are often two-story houses. So we wanted to include some cool ideas for staircases as well. There are so many cool solutions, and the first one is a wooden staircase.
It’s beautifully made with a natural color and finishes. The mix of clean white space and dark wood is just elegant:
A couple of years ago we visited a new office hotel building in the center of Amsterdam called Zoku house. It is a really cool and very well-designed hotel with lots of tiny apartments you can rent for short or long-term.
It has a very unique solution built in as a staircase that can disappear into a shelf!
Check it out here as Maria pulls it out of the shelving unit:
You can watch the staircase in action in this little home tour we did of the place. It also has some other really cool features like pop-out shelves and a well-optimized kitchen area:
The video here starts exactly where the architect pulls out the staircase:
We also love the kind of built-in stairs that just looks like they are floating in mid-air.
They are wall-mounted stairs and are typically made from wood with iron rods supporting the structure on the inside. It’s an expensive solution and not something you normally can make at home yourself.
But check out how cool it looks!
When you add the glass shield on the side you also make it your kid-friendly and easier to mount in a room without thick walls.
The solution above needs a thick support structure in order for the iron rods to stabilize.
They can also be made from glass, like this solution from the Italian company Siller.
Let’s finish off with a few cool types of furniture for the little kitchen
The first table is also a flip-down table.
This table does also double-function as a shelving unit. When you fold down the table you reveal a set of shelves.
This is a great place to store your cups and plates, as you will only access them when the table is down anyway:
You can actually get these kinds of tables for as little as $100. It’s a really good price.
That’s typically the thing with space saving furniture, they are often impossible to find anywhere or they are insanely over-priced. But not this fold-down table.
We have done a blog post entirely about kitchen tables for 2-persons. There are also a lot of cool ideas and designs! A must-see if you are looking to create more space around the dining area during the day.
The last piece of furniture for the kitchen we will look at in this post is this great slide-out table top.
It’s a fun and practical way of hiding an extra kitchen counter for when you need more space. It can also just be used for eating:
If you added wheels to this design I think you would have a very clever design that even your kids could operate (maybe they did).
The last table we will look at also a type of folding table for the kitchen.
It can be stored as a console table during the day when you need the floor space for play and other things than eating:
We love how you just fold the supporting legs around to make it a standard-size kitchen table.
The Kant Table
This table is very simple and minimalistic. It will hold your books, folders, boxes or what else you want to have close by when you use your desk.
It’s called KANT, and it is designed by Patrick Frey and Markus Boge, and found at Moormann.
It’s perfect for the small office or the kid’s room, where you have a couple of books you need for homework, work or just inspiration.
When you need an organized desk space this design could be a good solution. It is designed with a folded rear section, and it is mainly designed for storing books. But it can also hold any other item that would otherwise make a mess on your table.
Personally, I need a clean desk when I work, especially when I need to be creative in one way or another, and I could totally use this great design.
There is also an option to store e.g. magazines below the table, which I think is a great detail:
For the compact apartment this will give you lots of storage for books and magazines, and placing a shelf below the desktop is just brilliant!
Dimensions and specifications
The height of the table is 29″, and it can be 47- 74″ wide. The designer also made a kids version which is lower.
It’s made from birch plywood and can be ordered in white, black, red and blue finish.
The folded section (the shelf part) of the table is wide enough to hold bigger books and office folders. When the books are stores in this angle they are less likely to tip over.
It could also be a DIY project.
It cost €1,189, so it’s quite pricey. If you can’t afford that you could probably get inspired by the design and do something similar.
The construction and main idea are very simple, and it doesn’t take a lot of carpeting skills to pull off something like this.
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We hope you liked all the designs!
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Morten is the founder of GoDownsize. He has filmed and interviewed people living in tiny houses and RVs since 2011. He grew up on the coast where his dad took him boating from a young age. He has completely rebuilt two RVs in which he travels with his family for months at the time. Read more about Morten here.