The Surprising Place to Find the Best Small Space-Friendly, Multi-Functional Furniture

updated Apr 16, 2020
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When you think of West Elm, you probably think of their furniture: Sleek, stylish, and modern. You probably assume that “looking pretty” is the main function of most of their products. It turns out, though, that the modern home store sells lots of furniture that’s as practical as it is beautiful. From armchairs that pull out into twin beds to coffee tables that double as workspaces and storage compartments, West Elm has surprised us with its selection of multi-functional furniture. Here are a few of our fave functional, fashionable finds that are perfect for small spaces. Bonus: A lot of it is currently discounted during the brand’s Whole Home sale.

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Shelter Queen Sleeper Sofa

Looking at this sleek yet cozy sofa, you’d never know it’s hiding a Queen-sized bed inside. The sofa itself already looks like a cocoon, but tucked inside is a pull-out mattress made of two layers of high-density and gel-infused memory foam. Whether you’re having an all-day Netflix binge sesh or hosting overnight guests, this sofa is sure to keep everyone comfortable. 

Buy: Shelter Queen Sleeper Sofa, $2199 $1759.20

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Industrial Storage Pop-Up Coffee Table

This table is three pieces in one: a modern coffee table, a secret storage spot, and a multi-level work station. Half of the top lifts up to reveal a roomy storage spot for blankets, magazines, remotes, and more—and that lift top then becomes a nifty raised workspace for your laptop and other work-from-home necessities. 

Buy: Industrial Storage Pop-Up Coffee Table, $599 $479.20

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Upholstered Storage Base Ottoman

If you want an ottoman that doubles as storage (and looks good while doing it), this round, colorful option is your go-to. Choose from 42 color and fabric combinations to make your ottoman fit your style, whether that’s a bright orange option in basket slub or a soft gray piece in chenille tweed. The wood top lifts off to reveal plenty of storage for blankets, board games, and more.

Buy: Upholstered Storage Base Ottoman, $299 $239.20

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Mid-Century Media Console

Put this solid wood console anywhere in your home to instantly add style and storage. It’s big enough to hold a good amount of stuff, thanks to the three drawers and one large compartment with an adjustable shelf, but it’s small enough that you can fit it in tight spaces. Tuck it in a corner, use it as your TV stand, place it in your bedroom—the options are limitless, and all give you pretty, useful storage.

Buy: Mid-Century Media Console, $699

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Paidge Chair and Half Twin Sleeper

Small space? No problem. This armchair was made with tiny rooms in mind, but it packs so much comfort and function into its small frame you’ll feel like you’re living large. Curl up in its 48-inch wide cushion for hours of cozy reading time, then lift off the cushion to reveal a pull-out 5-inch thick twin mattress for your friend who’s passing through town.

Buy: Paidge Chair and Half Twin Sleeper, $1349

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Mid-Century Entryway Bench

A storage bench is always a good idea—it offers extra storage and seating!—and this one’s so practical you might be convinced you need multiple. One large drawer and two smaller ones hold all your items, like mail, umbrellas, extra linens, and more, and the flat top gives you room to sit and put on shoes. Place it in your entryway or bedroom at the foot of your bed.

Buy: Mid-Century Entryway Bench, $499

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Andes Deco Upholstered Storage Bed

The space under your bed is some of the best for storing off-season clothes, extra sheets, and loads more. Take advantage of it without making your stuff inaccessible or messy with this gorgeous storage bed. Two drawers on both sides bed easily pull out to give you tons of extra space and a clean look when closed. A tall headboard makes it more sophisticated and gives you a stable surface to lean back against during nighttime reading.

Buy: Andes Deco Upholstered Storage Bed, $2099 $1599.20 for Queen

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Modern Wall Desk

Don’t forget to take advantage of all that vertical space! This Scandinavian-inspired pecan-finished wood desk has a roomy desktop, two drawers, and three additional shelves packed into its minimalist frame. Store all your office supplies on or in the desktop portion, then stack books, plants, and other decor on the tall shelves. You’ll wonder why you haven’t had a tall desk all along. 

Buy: Modern Wall Desk, $999