8 Transforming Furniture Solutions For Small Space Living

  • 01 of 09

    Furniture Solutions For Small Space Living

    Professionally decorated space
    Patrick Cline

    For the past several years, living in small spaces has been the growing trend in American housing markets. From micro-loft apartments to tiny homes, small spaces offer a streamlined, minimalist approach to life 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, they are gaining in popularity.

    The challenges of living in small spaces have captivated the minds of furniture designers. The key is to find ways to create things that transform into something else. If you've ever thought about making your own foray into the world of micro-sized living, or if you've got a small space at home that could use some customization, here's a look at 8 transformable pieces that will make it possible for you to live big while living small.

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  • 02 of 09

    Nuovoliola 10 Queen Sized Murphy Bed

    Fold out murphy bed
    Make Space

    If you space is so small that you struggle with deciding between a comfortable bed or space to entertain, worry no more. Enter Resource Furniture, which is pretty much the go-to for transforming furniture pieces for every room in the home. Resource Furniture sells the Nuovoliola 10 Murphy Bed. Hidden away in a cute little 3-seat sofa, this queen-sized bed not only disappears seamlessly into the decor, it also transforms with a minimum of hassle. The shelf that sits above the sofa even transitions smoothly into becoming the foot of the bed, offering additional nighttime storage without any extra attachments.

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  • 03 of 09

    Studio Dror Pick-Chair

    Brightly colored space
    Studio Dror

    If you've got 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 the 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're back with a modestly-sized carry-on that's easy to store without taking up too much extra space in your micro-loft or tiny home.

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  • 04 of 09

    Expand Furniture DIY Loft

    The great thing about an industrial loft space, even a small one, is the space and open floor plan, open to multiple arrangements. If you have nice high ceilings, you may have an amazing amount of space overhead, but it can go unused But that's about to change. The Vancouver, Canada-based brand, Expand Furniture, specializes in transformable small space solutions of every sort. One of their intriguing offerings is the do-it-yourself loft space that offers more space in which to live and more floors on which to enjoy it. Now it may not turn your loft into a duplex, but one or two of these in a loft could add a home office, a bedroom, or even just extra storage space, all while helping to give definition and separation to the rooms beneath. This innovation allows you to use your space in a more effective way.

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  • 05 of 09

    Hiddenbed Majestic Desk-Bed

    Even though transformable furniture pieces are perfectly suited for small space living, that doesn't mean that you have to live in a small space to fully appreciate them. If you are debating whether to turn a spare room into an office or a bedroom, worry no more. With the right transformable pieces, this dilemma quickly becomes no problem at all.

    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, bringing the bed down reveals a pair of useful shelves that sit over the bed for holding any nighttime necessities. This innovation gives you twice the room for half the space.

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  • 06 of 09

    Goci Foldable Kitchen

    Finding or creating sufficient seating and sleeping space aren't the only concerns in a small home. Kitchen space is also at a premium, which can make preparing a full-sized meal challenging. One truly solution has been created by Goran Goci Bjelajac, a Helsinki, Finland-based designer. With the foldable kitchen, 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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  • 07 of 09

    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. But when its doors open to their 90 or full 120 degree span, they reveal an astonishingly well-appointed kitchen, which in its most basic configuration holds 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 stove top.

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  • 08 of 09

    Nendo Nest Shelf Bookshelf

    Not every small space solution needs to perform miracles and sometimes the most valuable asset is a little extra storage when you need it.  Unrivaled masters of elegant minimalism, Japanese designers have been meeting small space questions with innovative answers for years and years. A perfect example is the simple expanding bookshelf by Japanese design company, Nendo. When opened, the shelf expands from a collapsed size of just over 2 feet to a fully extended size of just over 4 feet. There are also two other size adjustments in between, making sure that whatever your storage needs are, the Nest Shelf will help you meet them with a minimum of fuss.

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  • 09 of 09

    Resource Furniture Goliath Expanding Table

    Another amazing offering from Resource Furniture, The Goliath extends from a small writing desk to a full dining table, with plenty of stops in between. 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.