We Tested (and Rated) the Best Small-Space Furniture and Decor at West Elm — Here Are Our 13 Favorites

updated Jan 22, 2024
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When you think of West Elm, it’s easy to assume that looking pretty is the main function of most of its products. It turns out, though, that the modern home store sells lots of pieces that are as practical as they are beautiful. We would know, as we’ve visited the retailer’s brick-and-mortar store on multiple occasions for our Personal Shopper series. From sofas that pull out into Queen beds to coffee tables that double as workspaces and storage compartments, West Elm never ceases to delight us with its selection of multi-functional furniture. Below, you’ll find a few of our favorite practical yet fashionable finds that are perfect for tiny apartments, regardless of whether you need something for the bedroom or living area. They’ve got sofas, desks, coffee tables, and so much more that you’ll have no trouble squeezing into your studio. If you work from home, you’ll especially love the double-duty picks we’ve pulled for our lineup.

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was $2699.00

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, which is why we rated it high in terms of nappability during our store visit.

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When it comes to the dining room, round tables are going to be your best friend. You can easily place a table like this one in a corner without sacrificing chair space; plus, this model looks effortlessly chic with its flared base and dark finish. The Tripod table almost looks like something you'd find in a restaurant, calling to mind a cozy dinner environment.

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A thick, shaggy rug could create the illusion of an even smaller space, so you'll want something flat, like the Kay reversible rug. Although it has an almost mat-like quality, the Persian-inspired piece is still plenty durable and great for layering. Place it anywhere from the front entryway to the living area to the dining room. Its teal and rust hues will add a subtle pop of color to the areas that need it most.

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was $499.00

It goes without saying that West Elm is known for mid-century modern furniture, and this miniature desk is a prime example of that. Actually, we were pleasantly surprised that the retailer had a number of mini desks on display, though this is one of their bestsellers. It'll add a touch of warmth to your space and even provide some storage in the form of a slender drawer.

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On our most recent trip to West Elm, we saw the Emmett bed and promptly fell in love with its tufted headboard and storage side drawers. You get two drawers on each side, to be exact, which should be more than enough space for your sheets, throws, and maybe even some clothes. The platform base also contributes to a clean look overall. You can choose between two headboard heights and 23 upholstery options.

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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. It's also a long-time AT reader favorite, so we have no doubt you'll love it.

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was $3698.00

The words "sectional" and "small space" might not seem like they belong in the same sentence, but the Urban sectional proves otherwise. Not only does it boast a Queen-size pull-out bed, but the sofa also offers a storage chaise for your blankets and pillows. You'll find its seats to be a tad firm, but that's common with sleepers. Still, this is one of the most versatile West Elm sofas we viewed during our visit.

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We saw a lot of six-drawer dressers on display, so the Parker was a nice departure from the norm. It still offers tons of storage space with its five roomy drawers, but its vertical silhouette means you give up less floor space. And you couldn't igore that sleek marble top even if you tried! Brass pulls complete the look and add a sophisticated touch.

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If you're not looking to replace your coffee table, you can use your dining table as a makeshift workspace. We actually deemed this one the best table for WFH, and it's no wonder why. It sports adjustable, dual-sided drop-leaf expanders, so you can lift either or both leaves and easily hinge the support beams underneath to secure them seamlessly. You'll have room for your laptop, lunch, and all other office essentials. In terms of actual dining, the table can fit anywhere from four to six people.

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If you ask us, first-time apartment dwellers are prime candidates for the no-frills, compact Oliver sofa — but you don't have to take our word for it. AT readers love this couch! In the store, the Oliver looked comparable to a loveseat in size, so you should have no problem squeezing it into your space. You'll also appreciate its low price tag, though if you're looking for something soft and loungey, West Elm has plenty of other picks.

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If you're looking to add a glam touch to your living space and display your favorite decor without putting up a new bookshelf, the mid-century art display coffee table has you covered. Because it's available in a 46” and a 52” size, it’s a solid choice for both small-space dwellers and those dealing with expendable square footage. We also love its glass top, gold-toned legs, and walnut undershelf. Keep in mind that the fragile surface is probably best for homes without pets or small children.

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Sure, we like the Newport sofa's modular frame and small footprint, but we were initially drawn to its green velvet upholstery while touring West Elm's showroom. Its seat cushions are also plush, but not so soft that you'll sink in. And because of its modular design, the sofa turns into a sofa chaise when you add an ottoman from the same collection onto one side.

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Another drop leaf fave, the Jules table arrives in a round, cafe-style shape, but you can expand it to fit two additional people, or four in total. The best part is, its surface is never uneven, even when fully expanded. Slender metal legs make leg positioning easy, and its collapsible sides make the table one of the most space-efficient styles on our list.