Furniture for Small Spaces
IKEA® Ekholmen Mirrored Cabinet
Sick of looking at unsightly cosmetics? Hide your beauty products in this decorative mirror from IKEA. It may look like an everyday mirror, but behind four panels, there are small spaces for your perfume, lotion, nail polish and more.
The Ekholmen Mirrored Cabinet costs $119. Available only at IKEA stores. For more information, call 800-434-IKEA or visit www.ikea.com.
If you're torn between having a home office and a having a place for guests to sleep, now you don't have to choose. This product is a wooden desk by day and a bed by night! You don't even have to clear off your workspace to complete the transformation.
"It's a great solution because it literally takes up no space," Nate says.
The Hidden Bed costs $2,399. Visit www.offthewallbeds.com.
There's nothing chic about a metal folding chair. If you need extra seating, these coffee tables by Akemi Tanaka are a stylish solution. The Tagei coffee table—which means versatility in Japanese—pulls out into a bench. The Futaba table transforms into a green love seat.
The Akemi Tanaka Tagei coffee table is $4,000 and the Futaba coffee table is $4,750. Available at Ford Brady gallery in Los Angeles. The Futaba is also available on www.inmod.com. Visit www.akemitanaka.com for more information.
This inventive IKEA item starts out looking like a white cabinet. Then, when it's time to get to work, it opens up into an efficient home office, complete with a CD drawer and adjustable shelves.
The IKEA Cyril Secretary costs $199. Call 800-434-IKEA or visit www.ikea.com.
Nate says sliding doors are a great way to save a square foot or two. Doors that fit into the wall won't require room to open and close. These frosted glass doors are also a beautiful design element, allowing ambient light to filter into any room.
These custom sliding doors, by The Sliding Door Co., vary in price. Visit www.slidingdoorco.com for style and price information.
Your remote controls, magazines and books will be at arm's reach in this cappuccino leather chair from JCPenney. This stylish seat has a built-in drawer that slides out for easy access.
The JCPenney Leather Armless Chair with Hidden Storage costs $299. Call 800-222-6161 or visit www.jcp.com.
You don't have to leave the comfort of your couch to work from home. Just lift up the top of this Julia West coffee table to reveal a desk with plenty of storage for office supplies. You can also hide magazines, DVDs or children's toys inside. "I think this is a fantastic product," Nate says.
The Julia West Coffee Table/Desk costs $1,599. Visit www.juliawesthome.com.
Save valuable space with the Cineline Dressing Table, designed exclusively for Ligne Roset. The top of this table slides out to create two times the counter space. The extra surface can be used as a desktop or a dining table for two.
Nate says space-saving solutions aren't just for people living in small homes. "I think even people who have big spaces [could use them]," he says. "Something that does double duty is a great solution, so why not?"
The Cineline Dressing Table costs $3,665. Visit www.ligne-roset-usa.com for finish options.
One of Oprah's pet peeves is walking into a house and seeing televisions everywhere. The company Hidden Television came up with the ideal solution. Now, you can hide your plasma behind a beautiful mirror. Simply mount the mirror in front of the TV, either in a frame or directly into the wall. Then, with the click of a button, the mirrored surface will fade away to reveal the television screen behind it.
The Hidden Television Mirror varies in prices, depending on size. Visit www.hiddentelevision.com.
Don't cram a large dining table into your tiny kitchen. This IKEA piece comes with four chairs that are shaped to hug the corners of the table. When they're pushed in, there's no wasted space! "The whole family can eat here," Nate says.
The IKEA Fusion Table and Chairs costs $299. Call 800-434-IKEA or visit www.ikea.com.
Need extra seating and extra storage? The Jofran Cocktail Table comes with two storage ottomans nestled underneath. These microfiber ottomans open up to reveal additional space for blankets, video games or children's toys. Nate says the lids are light enough for little fingers to open and close with ease.
The Jofran Cocktail Table costs $398. Visit www.worldfurnituremall.net.
Transform your bedroom into a boudoir with this handmade trunk, which opens to reveal a dressing table with seven drawers, a mirror and two concealed compartments. The 19th-century design is made from rosewood and canvas.
The Marie Galante Dressing Table costs $2,450. Visit www.conranusa.com.
Don't condemn your guests to a night of stiff backs and sore rears. Trade in your old folding chairs for the upholstered, padded chairs by Ballard Designs. "Nice for a dinner party," Oprah says.
One Upholstered Folding Chair costs $199. Visit www.ballarddesigns.com.
Hidden behind this cherry bookshelf is a queen-sized Library Bed. Just fold back the middle compartments of the shelving unit and pull the bed down. There's even room to hang a framed painting above the bed. Perfect for houseguests or people living in one-room apartments.
The Library Bed costs $5,899. Visit www.offthewallbeds.com
West Elm's Tapered Leg Side Table has a pullout writing drawer and a bottom shelf for bedside necessities.
The table costs $199. Visit www.westelm.com for more information.
The Cosmos 5 light fixture costs $250. Visit www.luckylukedesign.com.
If there's still not enough room for you and your family, try these other space-saving products:
- Kyle Cubes from Bloomingdale's Home and Furniture Store; $325 each
- Louis Folding Chairs by Ballard Designs; $119 each at www.ballarddesigns.com
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