We've been blogging lots of small space solutions lately, but the prettiest ones are usually high-design options, unfortunately out of reach for most of us. Here's a more down-to-earth list of smart modern furniture resources that even a first-time apartment renter can afford.
Umbra On-line Store
Umbra makes a few different wall-mounted space savers, including the Conceal Shelf, a powder-coated steel rack that becomes invisible under a stack of books.
• Conceal Bookshelf, $13
This Japanese store has several folding tables and chairs made from metal and beech wood. Styles are minimal, prices are budget-friendly, and they have stores in New York as well as US online ordering.
• Beech Folding Chair Natural, $70
This Chicago store has a good selection of small-scale furniture, including wall-mounted entryway organizers, dual-purpose occasional tables, and lots of lucite.
• U-Turn Table, $98
McMaster-Carr Supply Company
Go to this industrial supplier's site, search for "wall mount," and you'll get good returns, like affordable wall desks, clothing racks, and even wall-mounted seats.
• Wall-Mount Chrome-Plated Steel Racks, $49 - $67
The apartment-dwelling kid sister of Crate & Barrel stocks several wall cabinets, narrow shelves, and vertical storage solutions. Styles are basic, and prices are affordable.
• Hide n' Seek Storage Shelf, $80
This online retailer sells products through the Container Store and other big box retailers. Go straight to their site for the full range of affordable home organizers and folding step stools in bright colors.
• Easy-Fold Step Stool, $15
They make a modular room divider out of cardboard that be stacked in a bunch of different combinations. It's lightweight enough that you can hang it from the ceiling if you're really short on floor space.
• Nomad Room Divider System, $56 for 24 sheets
Made from recycled paper, their storage cubes are cheap at $20 a pop, and they can be stacked together to fit in a tight space. Components are available in multiple sizes and colors.
• Blue Storage Cubes, $20 each
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Image: Umbra Conceal Shelf in Craig and Emily's Logan Square Rehab | Photo by Evan Thomas