8 Transforming Furniture Solutions for Small Spaces

Small space with a pull out sofa bed and work desk area

The Spruce / Alyssa Vela

Living in small spaces has been a growing trend in American housing markets. From micro-loft apartments to tiny homes, small spaces offer a streamlined, minimalist approach along with the added benefit of a much smaller carbon footprint. While the micro-lifestyle might seem at odds with the American tradition of big homes and wide-open spaces, it is gaining in popularity.

The challenge of living in small spaces has captivated the minds of furniture designers. The key is to find ways to create items that transform into something else.

If you are thinking about downsized living, or if you have a small space at home that could use some customization, take a look at eight transformable pieces that will make small living feel larger than life.

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    Nuovoliola 10 Queen Sized Murphy Bed

    Fold out murphy bed
    Make Space

    If your space is so small that you cannot decide on whether to have a comfortable bed or a space to entertain, take a look at Resource Furniture. This can be your go-to for putting transforming furniture pieces in every room of your home, like the Nuovoliola 10 Murphy Bed. Hidden away in a cute little three-seat sofa, this queen-sized bed not only disappears seamlessly into the decor, but it also transforms with hardly any hassle. The shelf that sits above the sofa even transitions smoothly into the foot of the bed, offering additional nighttime storage without any extra attachments.

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    Studio Dror Pick Chair

    Brightly colored space
    Studio Dror

    If you have more wall space than floor space, yet you still find yourself in need of extra seating whenever company comes, Studio Dror has just the thing for you. Created by ingenious designer Dror Benshetrit, the Pick Chair takes just a second and only one hand to morph from captivating wall art to comfortable seating (and back to art). If you appreciate Dror's designs, check out the rolling Tumi suitcase that expands by stages, ending up twice as large as its original size. In just a few snaps, you are back to a modestly-sized carry-on that is easy to store without taking up too much extra space in your home.

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    Expand Furniture DIY Loft

    Loft space
    Home Crux

    The great thing about an industrial loft space, even a small one, is the open floor plan that allows you the flexibility to develop a number of options for furniture arrangement. If you have high ceilings, you may have an amazing amount of space overhead that may be going unused. With the Vancouver, Canada-based brand, Expand Furniture, you can monopolize on that space with transformable space solutions. Take a look at the do-it-yourself loft space that offers more space in which to live and more floors on which to enjoy it. It may not turn your loft into a duplex, but you can add a home office, a bedroom, or even just extra storage space while helping to give definition and separation to the rooms beneath. This innovation allows you to use more of your available vertical space.

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    Hiddenbed Majestic Desk-Bed

    Bright space with murphy bed

    Even though transformable furniture pieces are perfectly suited for small space living, that does not mean that you have to live in a small space to fully appreciate them. If you have to decide on whether you can have an office or a bedroom, with the right transformable pieces, you do not have to choose one over the other.

    Instead of pairing a bed with a sofa, the Majestic from Hiddenbed puts a queen-sized bed inside of a classic-looking, secretary-style writing desk. Once the desk folds down into a bed, the writing surface slips easily beneath, offering under-the-bed storage. Even more impressive, once you bring the bed down, you have a pair of useful shelves that sit over the bed for holding any nighttime necessities. This innovation gives you twice the room in half the space.

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    Goci Foldable Kitchen

    Fold-able kitchen
    Design By Goci

    Kitchen space is also at a premium in a small home. A hardly existent kitchen can make preparing a full-sized meal challenging. Goran Goci Bjelajac, a Helsinki, Finland-based designer has developed an answer.

    Goci offers the best of all worlds: a fully functioning kitchen that conveniently folds up into a stylish looking box that sits quietly in the corner until you need it again. This convertible culinary station features a refrigerator, oven, cooktop, and even a dishwasher. The expanded kitchen can also be placed into several different configurations, all taking up various amounts of space, in addition to returning to its original, space-saving box form.

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    Dizzconcept PIA Pop-Up Kitchen

    Fold-able kitchen

    Another incredibly clever kitchen option, the PIA Pop-Up KItchen from Dizzconcept, is designed to give every appearance of a modern and stylish entertainment cabinet. It can even hold an actual television on a wall mount located on the inlet at the front of the cabinet. When its doors open to 90- or its full 120-degree span, an astonishingly well-appointed kitchen is revealed to include a dishwasher, waste disposal cabinet, and integrated refrigerator, along with a fully integrated hood, LED lighting, electrical outlets, and an open shelf that can hold a freestanding microwave oven. The doors are 6 inches deep and can be used to store dishes as well as utensils, bottles, and other cookware. The 6-foot long countertop includes a sink, faucet, and stovetop.

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    Nendo Nest Shelf Bookshelf

    Not every small space needs a miraculous solution. Sometimes, all you need is a little extra storage space. Unrivaled masters of elegant minimalism, Japanese designers have been meeting small space questions with innovative answers for years. A perfect example is the simple expanding bookshelf by Japanese design company Nendo. When open, the Nest Shelf expands from a collapsed size of about 2 feet to a fully extended size of just over 4 feet. There are also two other size adjustments in between, helping you meet your storage needs with a minimum of fuss.

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    Resource Furniture Goliath Expanding Table

    Minimalistic office space
    Resource Furniture

    Another offering from Resource Furniture, the Goliath transforms from a small writing desk into a full dining table. Available in both indoor and outdoor materials, as well as a sturdy, reflective glass construction, this 17.5-inch desk uses lightweight aluminum leaves to expand to just over 9 feet with enough room to seat 10 guests comfortably.