8 Great Examples of Furniture Doing Double Duty

published Aug 15, 2015
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Want to get two for the price (and space) of one? We can help. These small homes all squeezed extra function out of some strategic pieces of furniture. Here’s what they did that you can do, too.

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A more functional console

This great idea, spotted on Tages Anzeiger, shows that a console can do more than provide a surface, it can give you extra shelving too.

Dressers as bedside tables

In a small space like Kay’s NYC studio, you have to combine all you can — like these small dressers standing in for bedside tables.

Shelving as a room divider

Erick smartly used open shelving as a room divider that lets light through at the same time.

Storage hidden in the headboard

Slide out shelves tuck neatly inside this headboard for extra space that goes away when you don’t need it.

Hidden litter box

The grey side table above has a secret: it’s really a kitty litter box!

Extra ottoman

An extra ottoman is always a good idea for extra seating, but tucking it next to the sofa as available surface space is even smarter.

The classic trunk as a table

You’ve seen this idea before for good reason: it’s the ultimate double-duty coffee table with storage inside.

(Image credit: Jennifer Hunter)

A desk built into a bookshelf

This is my own apartment where my desk fits neatly into my bookshelf. It’s a great space saver in my tight living room.