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Storage Ideas for Small Homes and Apartments

If you live in a small home or apartment, you know how hard storage space is to come by. You probably don't have as many closets as you'd like, and you can only do so much with drawers and shelving. Fortunately, you have another solution: multifunctional furniture.

With multifunctional furniture, you can choose pieces that fit your decor but also do double — and sometimes even triple — duty. They can help you save space and money, as well as keep your home comfortable and functional without leaving you feeling overwhelmed with too much stuff.

Desk That Folds Out Into a Bed

You've probably heard of a Murphy bed. You know, the ones that pull down from the wall when you have guests over and fold back up when you need your floor space? They may seem old-fashioned, but today's Murphy beds have an extra component: They're also desks. At first glance, they look like thin cabinets that sit against your wall. But, depending on which part you pull down, they instantly turn into a sturdy work-from-home space or a cozy place to take a nap. Some even have extra compartments to use for even more storage. This is a great solution if you can't decide between turning that spare room into a home office or not or if you don't have a spare bedroom at all.

Bed Frame With Built-In Drawers

But that's not the only way you can save space with your bed. Consider trading in your bed with all that empty space beneath it for a platform bed with drawers that pull out like a miniature dresser. You can use it to store clothing, linens and other items you don't necessarily want to display.

Kitchen Table Benches With Storage

If you're short on storage space in the kitchen, consider ditching your classic dining chairs and replacing them with benches. But not just any benches. Look for those that open up to reveal storage space under the seat. You can keep your extra gadgets or dishes here if you're short on cabinet space or even use them to keep nonperishable food put away if you don't have a pantry.

Bookshelves With Bins or Baskets

Bookshelves aren't just for books and knick knacks. They can actually serve as storage in any room, from the kitchen or living room to the bedroom or playroom. You could even put a small one in your bathroom if necessary. If you don't want people to see what you're storing, just find decorative bins and baskets that fit the shelves, and keep your belongings inside them. They're super easy to keep organized, and best of all, they can help you take care of vertical space that may not be utilized otherwise.

Ladder for Linens, Clothing and Accessories

If you don't have space for dressers and other bulky pieces of furniture, add a few small ladders to your home. We're not talking about the kind you climb to change the lightbulbs. We're talking about decorative ladders that can hold linens, towels, clothing, jewelry and other accessories. Like bookshelves, they come in a variety of sizes and may help you utilize extra vertical space. And they're small enough that you can fit one in practically any room without overwhelming the space.

Modular Sofas

Modular sofas may be one of the most versatile pieces of furniture on the market right now. If you're not familiar with them, they're sofas that are made up of multiple pieces that you can arrange together like a traditional sofa or sectional, or you can split them up to create a whole new seating concept, with chairs and ottomans, depending on your needs. The flexibility is ideal for tiny spaces, but here's the best part: Many modular sofas have hidden storage compartments under the seat cushions and ottoman tops.

Upholstered Storage Ottoman

Speaking of ottomans, they're great to have around, but not just so you can kick your feet up after a long hard day. Many of them open up so you can store items inside them. But the real key to putting your ottoman to work is to choose an upholstered one that's stylish and cushioned on top. This way, you have an extra seat when you have guests over to your home.


Trunks aren't just for your grandparents' keepsakes. These days, they're a popular part of many styles of decor. And it doesn't take a genius to know that having one means adding a little extra storage in your home. What you may not realize is that your trunk doesn't just have to sit there at the foot of your bed. You can use them in place of coffee tables, put one in place of a bench in your entryway or even throw a few cushions on top of one to add seating to any room in your home.

Console Cabinet

Last but not least, consider adding a console cabinet to your home if you're short on storage space. They easily replace decorative tables or big bulky pieces like entertainment centers and hutches. Put one in the dining room to store dishes and holiday decor. Place one in your living room, under your TV, to hold your media and other entertainment gear. You can even place one in your home office to hold your paperworks and supplies. Not only do they offer plenty of extra storage space, but they're usually gorgeous, and you can find one to match any style of decor.


When you're looking for multifunctional furniture for your small space, consider CORT Furniture Rental We can help you come up with storage solutions for every room at a fraction of the price you'd pay if you ran out and bought new furniture pieces. We even deliver each piece straight to your home and pick it up again when you no longer need it. Visit our website today to learn more.