Finally! You moved out on your own! Your new place is a bit small, but you need furniture and you haven't exactly got cash to burn. You could do the old coffee table made with cinderblocks and plywood, but you have some taste! It's not easy finding quality space saving furniture in cheap price. Let's help you out a little!
How to Save Money on Furniture
First of all, try to get the best value for your bucks. Don't be afraid to shop second hand! Yard sales, estate sales, thrift stores and consignment shops all offer items you can use. Remember to give it a good looking over first as sales tend to be final at these places and what you see is generally what you get. You can find something that looks like new or at least can be fixed up to look new. Furniture stores always seem to be going out of business, so you can usually get some good deals at their sales. There are discount stores, wholesalers, online traders and money other options. Keep an eye out for a good deal!
How to Save Space with Furniture
First, maximize your storage space. Go up, not out. Get furniture with a dual purpose. There is furniture out there that is not only for personal comfort but provides storage space. Get things that are collapsible or stackable. If you can fold it up and put it away, go for it! If it's convertible, you have two bits of furniture in one!
Let's look at a few items presently available that are both inexpensive and space saving. Do keep in mind that prices can fluctuate and availability can vary from one location to another.
It's available in six colors, the neutrals of black, white and gray plus baby blue, baby pink and purple for those who like something recherché. It is sturdy, yet lightweight. The grip dot surface makes it safe to step on. The collapsible handle makes the product easily portable. The whole thing folds away easily for storage. While it's great for kids and other vertically challenged people, the stool is strong enough to hold an excess of two hundred pounds without buckling.
#2. B-FSOBEIIALEO Storage Ottoman Cube
The whole thing takes up barely one square foot of space. It comes in four neutrals; black, brown, white and grey as well as two shades of purple, and understated orange and a sweet pink tint. You can use this piece as a footstool or nightstand and storage space for toys, extra linens or anything that can fit in a cubic foot of space.
Now, no one ever said futons came cheap. It's a big piece that you may have to spend a bit on, but if you shop around you may be able to find a good quality one for a low price. This one is a good example. It comes in black, indigo, navy, pink, ruby and tan. During the day, it can be your couch. During the night, you can fold out the mattress and sleep on it in the traditional Japanese style. Traditionally, tatami mats would go between the mattress and the floor, but anything skidproof will do. It cleans up easily with a damp cloth.
#4. Inofia Foldable Folding Bed with Memory Foam Mattress and Portable Metal Frame on Wheels
Can't get used to the oriental style of sleeping? Got a bit of do it yourself spirit? The Inofia Foldable Bed may be the answer. Inofia Foldable beds have been famous as furniture for people looking to save space in their small room. It's can be used as an extra bed for your visitor also. It's can be assembled within just five minutes with some simple steps. And no tools are required for this process. It's include 5’’ Folding Bed with Memory Foam Mattress which is very comfortable. This portable folding bed comes with 5-year limited warranty by Inofia.
Here's shelving and a bright lamp in one unit. It takes up less than a square foot of space and at only twelve pounds can be moved about easily. The LED lamp at the top of this sixty-three inch tall shelving tower is 9.5 Watts and should last a good twenty years. It's even compatible with smart home devices. You will also have three shelves with fifteen inches of display space, making them perfect for tall houseplants or large reference books. It comes with all the hardware you need for assembly.
Everyone needs someplace to put their laptop. This article was written on a laptop housed on a very similar unit. This particular piece measures 15.6 x 39.6 x 33.6 inches and weighs only twenty-two pounds. The style is classic minimalist but it has plenty of sturdy shelf space for a printer, scanner and anything else you might want to keep next to your computer. It's easy to assemble and is a must for apartment or dormitory life.
A drop leaf table is perfect for people who live in small spaces but like to entertain. Another person at the table? Just unfold the table to make some room! This particular unit takes up only eighteen square inches with the leaves folded down. With both leaves out, it measures about twenty-two by thirty-six inches. This unit is unfinished but can be finished, stained, decoupaged or painted however you like. Draping a table cloth over it works too.
#8. Fisher-Price SpaceSaver High Chair
Here's something that has all the features of a full size high chair but with only half the space. This adjustable, space saving chair can be used as a booster seat after your baby has become a toddler. It can even be adjusted to recline in case baby likes a nap after dinner. It's very easy to clean (a must with anything a baby uses) and the detachable table even has a "deep dish" design making it hard for baby to knock things off.
#9. Command Utility Hooks
This is probably the cheapest thing on the list and also the one that takes up the least space. These utility hooks can each hold up to five pounds and can be used as a way to display lightweight décor or as a place to hang your hat and coat. You can put them in a cabinet or closet to hand things on and free up more space. Best of all, these adhesive hooks will not leave holes or marks where you've hung them and if you change your mind about where to put them, it's not even a thing! They attach to any smooth surface and stay there until you move them.
#10. Flash Furniture Comfort Black Mesh Stackable Steel Side Chair
This classy and contemporary side chair provides great lumbar support and a contoured seat cushion so you can be comfortable while saving space. For ease of maintenance, the tubular steel frame has a smooth black powder coat finish. The dimensions are only 24 x 19.8 x 34.8 inches and it weighs just eleven pounds yet is reasonably sturdy. If you buy two (or more) they can easily be stacked together when not in use for easy storage.
#11. Bike Nook Bicycle Stand, Freeing Floor Space
So you've decided to save space, money and the environment by using a bike to get around. Bikes are still horizontal enough to take up a considerable amount of space but light enough that you can store them vertically, provided you have something to keep them vertical. All you have to do is roll the back wheel onto the ramp of this slender device, pop it upright and lock it in place with vertical break. A strap keeps the front wheel in place for more stability. It works on any bike with a larger than ten inch wheel. It's so easy a child can use it!
#12. Honey-Can-Do BTH-05281 4-Tier Metal Bathroom Shelf
If you have a big empty space over your toilet, this is a perfect space to put up shelving to store toilet paper, extra soap, scented candles, a first aid kit and anything other lightweight items you might want in your bathroom. Here's something that will provide you four serviceable shelves right over your toilet. The stylish chrome design is sure to match with any decor you might use. Rubber feet on the bottom will protect your floor. The dimensions are 24 x 67.7 x 11 inches and the weight is barely over a single pound. Protip: Measure your toilet with the lid up first. The bottom shelf clearance measures thirty-two and a half inches.
#13. Greenco 5 Tier Wall Mount Corner Shelves Espresso Finish
One great way to save space is to get into those often ignored corners. These wall mounted shelves fit perfectly into the corner. You will have five sturdy shelves with MDF laminate and an espresso finish sure to complement any decor. All of the necessary hardware is included to make installment even easier. Each wedge shaped shelf provides roughly seven and three quarter square inches of space and the whole thing is about four feet high.
#14. Furinno Turn-N-Tube 5 Tier Corner Shelf
The stylish yet simple design of this unit comes in several different colors guaranteed to match any decor. Form meet function in this shelving space suitable for the living room, den, bedroom or really any room where it might be needed. The assembly is very simple and should only take about five minutes with no tools to make this beautiful and sturdy set of shelves. This nearly five foot tall unit takes up less than one square foot of space and the triangular shape means it can fit easily into a corner.
#15. Home HC-7001 Storage Ottoman-Faux Leather Rectangular Bench
This classy black bench is also an easily opened trunk to store shoes and boots or blankets and linens or really anything you just want to put away for a while. It's sturdy and simple yet very elegant. The dimensions are 80 x 38 x 37 inches and it weighs a little more than four and a half pounds when empty. It is sturdy enough to hold an excess of four hundred pounds. It would look nice in a living room or home office but could also be placed at the foot of the bed where it may be most convenient.
#16. Mainstay Multiple Shelves No Tools 3-Cube Storage Entertainment Center for TVs up to 40''
Of course, everyone's gotta have a TV! This will hold your TV, DVD player, game system and all your entertainment odds and ends. The austere black finish promises that it will fit with any decor. The wooden top shelf is wide and sturdy enough to support a forty inch screen television. The side shelves provide eighteen inches of space and the middle one offers a good twenty-four inches. The dimensions of the entire system are 63.78 x 17.52 x 22.83 Inches and it requires no tools to assemble.
How to make it look like you have more space
One of the oldest tricks in the book to making a space look bigger is to put in a mirror. You can also draw the eye upward by hanging curtains as close to the ceiling as you can. Vertical stripes create the same illusion of height in home decor as it does with personal fashion. Do not crowd a space with too much furniture. Patterned wallpaper can also do wonders for a small room. Use something to divide the room to make it look like you have more space. It’s practical as well.
We hope you have enjoyed looking over this list of different affordable furniture pieces that are also compact enough for people who need to save space. Furniture that folds up or collapses is becoming very popular in recent times as is the dual use furniture that serves as storage space as well as a practical application. Do you have any personal experience with furnishing a small room or apartment? Feel free to share your ideas in the comment section below! Feel free to ask any questions as well. Share this article if you liked it!