When you're living in a small space and can't fit in a lot of furniture, the pieces you do have have to work hard. It's especially helpful if one piece of furniture can serve two functions, or even more than that. Here are 11 of our favorite multitasking furniture designs, pieces that conceal storage, or transform to perform other functions just when you need them.
Above: An elegant coffee table that's also a secret place to stash all your stuff. Lacquered cache coffee table, $1,998 from Anthropologie.
This futon has a lot more style than the convertible sofas you remember from college — and the price is pretty reasonable, too. 9 by Novogratz linen mix futon, $399 from Wal-Mart.
This coffee table lifts up and folds out to become a full-size dining table. Mini convertible coffee table, $1,651 from Bauhaus 2 Your House.
The mechanism here is a bit more simple, but the idea is the same: a transforming coffee table that easily converts to a dining table. Starting at £415 from Duffy London.
This coffee table incorporates two cushions that can be pulled out to serve as extra seating for guests — and tucked away when they're not needed. Deep dish table, $499 from CB2.
This loveseat folds out into a twin bed for overnight guests, and its diminutive size (only 56 inches wide) makes it perfect for small spaces. Movie twin sleeper sofa, starting at $1,299 from CB2. (There's also a queen-sized version here.)
It's a table and a spot for extra reading materials. Sling side table, $249 from CB2.
The Swing wall bed from Resource Furniture converts to a full-sized sofa when folded up.
IKEA's Malm storage bed is great for small spaces: since the bed lifts up to reveal the storage space below, you don't have to worry about making room for drawers to open, which means the bed can be placed against a wall. Malm storage bed, $499 from IKEA. Image spotted on Brit + Co.
An extra spot for guests to sit (or a side table, with a few books or a tray perched on top) and also an extra spot to stash your stuff. Use it as a 'junk ottoman': tuck things away in here when you need to declutter quickly and can't quite figure out where they should go. Storage ottoman, $34.99 from Target.
This coffee table really does triply duty, because you can raise the top to serve as a laptop desk when you're sitting on the couch, store things inside, or just, you know, use it as a coffee table. Storage coffee table, starting at $599 from West Elm.