Small Space Living: 5 Double Duty Must-Haves

Small Space Living: 5 Double Duty Must-Haves

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Landis Carey
Apr 6, 2011

Whether you're living alone in a studio or a family of four in a two bedroom, multi-purpose home goods and small space living go hand-in-hand. Save space and live with less with these five double duty must-haves.

5 Double Duty Must-Haves for Small Space Living:

  1. A bench that not only serves the purpose its title suggests but can also be a coffee table or extra seating is the perfect double-duty space saver! Available from Etsy seller Urban Wood Goods for $245, this piece is handmade from reclaimed wood.
  2. If you know your way around a kitchen, then you'll attest to the usability of a dutch oven. Whether you're making soup, boiling pasta, sauteing or baking a pot pie, a dutch oven will serve you for years. Yes, they are expensive, but a quality one will last for decades. It's heirloom design at its finest. Pictured here is a 4.5 quart Le Creuset Signature Round Dutch Oven; available from Williams-Sonoma for $220, this tool is worth is price.
  3. Living small can mean not having abundant space for the luxuries, or sometimes the necessity, such as a laundry basket. Simplify and purchase a collapsible laundry basket that not only takes up just a foot or two, but can also go with you. Simply grab and go! Available for $13.91, this Honey-Can-Do Pop Up Mesh Hamper from Amazon will serve you well.
  4. Sixteen ounce Ball Jars are perfect for making salad dressings and storing leftovers as well as being used as drinking glasses. A box of 12 costs $10.59 from Amazon. Check out their 8 ounce counterpart, available in packs of 12 for $15.38; they are perfect for serving wine and storing condiments! Jars are also super sturdy and don't often break!
  5. A screwdriver that serves multiple functions, such as this one from Klein Tools, will come to the rescue in times you don't even anticipate. Available from Home Depot for $21.97, it will easily store away in even the smallest studio. Whichever you purchase, make sure it has various fittings for you to change and easily stay organized.

Readers: Tell us what are your favorite double duty must-haves?

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