More Bang for Your Buck: Double-Duty Furniture Ideas

If you're short on space, need to save cash, or just like creative problem-solving, consider all the ways you can make your furniture work overtime. Here are a few examples of helpful, double-duty pieces.

Sometimes, as with a daybed or storage bench, the multifunctionality is built in — other times it's just a matter of how you use what you've got.

For the latter case, it might be a bookcase that doubles as a room divider (Images 1 and 4) or a dresser that can pull its weight as a nightstand (Image 5). With the right planning and placement, a set of drawers can become a table leg (Image 8) and shoe cabinets can also function as a shelf (Image 10).

Shown above:
1. Bookcase / Room Divider
2. Seating / Sleeping and Stool / Side Table
3. Storage / Seating
4. Room Divider / Shelving
5. Dresser / Nightstand
6. Seating/Sleeping
7. Two Beds in One
8. Storage Chest / DIY Desk
9. Bed / Book Storage
10. Shoe Cabinet / Display Shelf

MORE DOUBLE-DUTY FURNITURE ON APARTMENT THERAPY:
Inspiration: Using a Bookcase as a Room Divider
Double-Duty Furniture: Seats & Shelves
Double-Duty Furniture: The Trunk

Images: 1. Flickr user Queenieinmanhattan via Apartment Therapy 2. West Elm 3. Better Homes and Gardens via Apartment Therapy 4. Ariel's Wrap Around Jewel Box 5. Kristen Lubbe for Apartment Therapy 6. DoJo 7. Crate and Barrel 8. Manhattan Nest 9. Killorn via Apartment Therapy 10. Sofie Lawett via x4duros

(Re-edited from a post originally published 6.2.11 - JL)

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Kim has been sharing creative projects and ideas as a Contributor to Apartment Therapy since 2010. Her writing highlights stylish, budget-friendly solutions to common household problems. Kim is a fluent French speaker and a houseplant enthusiast.