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18 multifunctional furniture ideas (perfect for small homes!)

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We love small homes as they make us think a little more carefully about how to furnish our most functional spaces, such as bedrooms

This often leads to funky, clever furniture that larger homes wouldn't ever contain, but these multifunctional, ingenious designs really float our boat. We've found some brilliant interior designer-lead spaces that contain some of the most snazzy and smart furniture we've ever come across. 

Take a look and see if any of these creations could solve a small home design conundrum for you! 

1. Is it a bed? A sofa? A storage unit?

 Bedroom by paola bagna
paola bagna

Main space

paola bagna

It's all three!

2. Double-duty bookshelf

A bookshelf that doubles as a desk is all sorts of practical.

3. Secret storage

 Small kitchens by MILL-HOUSE

A kitchen when you need it and a sleek cupboard when you don't.

4. Working lunch

 Study/office by Biogibson

Escritorio de pallet sobre caballetes


A pretty dining table, but also a desk with room for office storage baskets.

5. Where's the remote?

 Living room by Segusino Muebles Condesa
Segusino Muebles Condesa

Mesa de Centro con dos cajones

Segusino Muebles Condesa

This coffee table makes losing the remote almost impossible thanks to secret drawers.

6. Disappearing desk

A super slimline desk that folds up into a simple wall mantle? Yes, please

7. How's this for multifunctional?

 Study/office by studio michael hilgers
studio michael hilgers

setup: Der Wohnbaukasten als beidseitig nutzbarer Pärchen-Sekretär

studio michael hilgers

A bookcase that acts as a room divide and a desk!

8. How often do you wish you could get more on your desk?

Not a problem with this integral shelving system.

9. For the modern generation of go-getters

 Living room by Weld

A coffee table that flips into a workstation is perfection.

10. A bed built onto a shelving plinth

 Bedroom by fpr Studio
fpr Studio

Suíte Bailarina

fpr Studio

Means you'd never struggle to tidy again.

11. Small but mighty

This desk might be small but when not in use it would make a mighty beautiful wall light.

12. Perfect for kids

Even the kiddies can get multifunctional with a cabin bed filled with storage.

13. Don't just display your television

 Multimedia room by MADERISTA

Mueble de TV con escritorio para recámara


When you can add picture shelves and storage cubbyholes.

14. You need shoe storage, but also somewhere to put your shoes on?

 Corridor, hallway & stairs by Connox

Muuto—Wandhaken The Dots


Job done with this bench/shelving set up.

15. A small kitchen island is handy for food prep

But the shelves underneath make crockery storage a breeze.

16. This is the ultimate in multifunctional furniture

A bed, desk, bookcase and guest bed!

17. Truly multifunctional items make sense

 Kitchen by Furnet

Mesa de cocina extensible


So a dining table with a cutlery drawer inside is spot on.

18. Laundry rooms can become changing stations

With a custom sideboard that's deep enough to act as a changing table as well as a folding platform.

For more small home inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: 25 Cunning ways to better organise your small home.

Could any of these ideas help streamline your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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