In previous pages and posts I’ve given suggestions to make choosing the best paint colors for your interior a bit easier. There are ideas for designing and decorating a small living room and some more ideas for an accent wall.
Today I have decided to share what I’ve found while shopping for small furniture for small spaces, like a maybe a studio apartment or a dorm room.
I have kids who are setting up their first places, all on their own. In helping them shop I’ve noticed that a lot of the furniture that we find is way too big for their needs. I thought I’d list the pieces that I found here in case one of you happened to know someone in a similar situation.
I’ve checked and summarized the reviews on these items, but this isn’t actually a review of each product. It’s more of a list of items that I would buy, had I known at their age what I know now. ; )
I was looking for items that are as inexpensive as I could find but could still furnish a room nicely without being too cheesy cheap. Remember though, we get what we pay for, so some of these items might need to be babied but they should be good until we can save for a better quality investment.
My goal was to find decent quality items that look pretty good or can be decorated, improved or repurposed easily. They should save space and be functional for a couple of years.
So here we go…
First up we have a sofa, and a love seat.
Minor assembly required – Instructions and hardware are included
Dimensions: Overall – 77″W x 31″d x 33″h inches Seat – 66″w x 21″d inches
Back Rest – 66″w x 16″h inches
Storage – 64″w x 20″d x 8″h inches
Legs – 3″w x 3″d x 3″h inches
Ok, I know this sofa is pretty long at 77 inches, but I was thinking storage, sofa, and maybe even guest bed if needed. Most of the reviews said they were happy with it.
There were some from 2016 that had notes of minor tears to the inside of the storage compartment. I’d guess that maybe they cut costs in the inside fabric of the storage area so might tear more easily, but it’s on the inside so it wouldn’t be noticeable.
The storage area is about 8 in deep.
There is also a matching chair with storage but it is more expensive than the sofa. You can find it just a little lower on the same page if you would like to get a set.
Here is a smaller version, and it’s on sale right now, it’s almost 1/2 Price!
Upholstered in Quality fabric
High density foam Seat Cushion
Pocket Coil Construction with built in storage
Kiln dried solid hardwood frame with plastic legs
Removable Back Cushions
Dimensions: 53.7″ x 31.5″ x 34.3″ 84lbs
The reviews for this love seat were more positive than for the couch. They did say that it’s pretty small though. I think it’s supposed to be small, but that’s just me. ; )
I found a few futons, that were about the same size and price as these pieces but, according to the reviews, they lacked the quality I’m looking for. So I passed, but you can find them here on Amazon if you think you would prefer a futon. I’ve tried 3 or 4 different styles but they always seem more awkward to me than I think they should be. I do like the look and idea though.
Dining Room Sets
In this next section I’ve found a couple of small dining sets. They are either compact or can be folded and stored out of the way when they aren’t in use.
Table is 29.13″w x 29.61″d x 32.76″h
Combination of solid and composite wood in teak finish
Item Weight 51.6 lbs
The reviews on this little set are very good. A few of them note that it is built from solid wood which means better
quality, but heavy. You should be able to refinish it easily if you decide to later.
I think my favorite is this next one. I like that it doesn’t take up floor space because it hangs on the wall. This will limit the number of guests you’ll be able to seat comfortably though.
I really like the idea of painting it like a piece of art for when it is folded on the wall and out of the way. You could use a part of a poster that you like, or take a favorite picture to a print shop and have them print it on a thin magazine type of paper. Then, glue it to the table and cover the paper and the table top with a few coats of Mod Podge to make your own one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Table: 33 x 23.6 x 19.8 inches.
Stools: 12.2 x 11.8 X 18.5 Inches.
Metal structure with 2 support brackets, sturdy and endurable.
Material: MDF cover with PVC. Metal tube with powder coating.
The table can be mounted on the wall at a suitable height and will be good for adults and children.
Space saving table and stools can be folded quickly and easily.
What you get: 1 table , 2 stools, all the accessories, installation instructions.
Harper & Bright Designs By Merax 3-Piece Pub Table Set, Tavern/Counter Height Dining Set with 2 Bar Stools (Espresso)
Table: 42 in L x 22.4 in w x 35.6 in h
Single Chair:14.1in l x 10.2in w x 23.2in h
Item weight: 49 pounds
Rich espresso finish
Contemporary style tavern set
Faux-marble table top (Nice looking!)
Two backless counter height stools with padded seat covers
Assembly is required.
So with this one, depending on what the faux marble table top is made of, you might want to grab a small bottle of ModPodge to treat the top of it to keep it protected from accidental scratches. 2 or 3 coats should really improve the durability of this set.
A few of the reviews also noted that the stools are not really strong enough to hold someone who is very overweight, so it’s best to know that before you buy. The rest of them sounded pretty good considering the price for this table.
Dimensions: 32 x 21 x 63 inches
I like this one because of the extra shelves and because it folds against the wall when you aren’t using it.
You could get creative and make your
own faux marble or faux granite top (I’ll have to post how to do this later) or find some pictures that you like in a magazine and Mod Podge some art on the table top, like the idea above, and it would make a cool accent rather than looking like a tv tray.
It’s pretty cute for the price and definitely fits the ‘double-duty’ and space saving criteria.
So far we have a sofa or love seat and maybe an ottoman for seating, and a compact dining set that will store nicely out of the way.
Let’s think about a desk or work area now. One idea is to consider letting the dining set do the double duty, but if you use it daily, it might be a pain when it comes to meal time. I like the idea of a separate work space that I can close off when I’m not working and not have to see it or think about it constantly.
Along the same line as the Monarch dining set above, this folding computer desk is a similar design. While it’s not as decorative as the Monarch, this one seems to be more
sturdy to hold a laptop and there are shelves underneath for office supplies or whatever. It will take up a bit more floor space.
The reviews were pretty good. There were a couple of comments that some of the holes weren’t drilled, but that’s easy enough to do for the sturdiness comments and the price. (Technically, we are still working under the ‘you get what you pay for’ rule here, right?)
Anytime you see the words “particle board” in the specifications, just save yourself a headache and plan on spending an extra $7 and buy a bottle of Mod Podge and a sponge applicator to cover the top. (and use wood glue when you put the screws in)
I think I’d have to get creative again and do a make-over on it, Boho-style maybe. It needs a little help in that area, but as far as function goes, it would definitely work. Ever wonder why the word ‘functional’ is almost always synonymous with ‘ugly’?
Well, anyway… One of the reviews mentioned that she uses it in her kitchen to double as a kitchen island when needed. I think that’s a great idea!
Color: Espresso Brown
Overall Dimensions: 37″l x 23.5″w x 58″h
Table Surface Dimensions: 32.25″l x 27″w x 28″h
Folded Dimensions: 23.5″l x 6.5″d x 32.25″h
Net Weight: 40lbs
Weight Capacity: 45lbs
Material: Birch Veneer, MDF Wood
I like this one better. It doesn’t have a lot of storage space but there is some and when you fold it up it will be completely up off the floor so you can use that space.
You can hang a nice size picture on it (or decorate it like suggested above) so when you fold it up your work will be completely out of sight. The shelves inside are about 6″ deep and 2 of them are adjustable.
If you need more storage space you could hang some matching 12″ deep floating shelves above or around the desk and hide your extra supplies in cool boxes or baskets. Some of the reviews mentioned that this one is kind of tricky to hang so it’s best if you can find a helper.
Wall mounted desk features four compartments, one angled paper organizer,
one corkboard, one drawer, and
a fold-down desktop
MDF with wood veneer and metal hardware.
Weighs 25 pounds, supports 30 pounds when mounted to wall stud
Overall size: 26″w x 6″d x 20″h
Writing surface: 24.75″w x 13.5″d
Lg cubby: 16.5″w x 5.5″d x 13.75″h
Med cubbies: 3.75″w x 5.25″d x 8.75″h
Small cubbies: 3.75″w x 5.25″d x 4.25″h
Drawer: 24″w x 5″d x 3.25″h
This piece is smaller, but would work well for the bare essentials. Again, you could use some floating shelves for storage above or around it to keep your floor space open, and the price is pretty good. ; )
There are several TV stand designs. You can get a small one to set on any table for around $30 – $50.
This TV Stand accommodates 55” flat panel TVs with a maximum weight of 65 lbs.
It has both open and closed storage with
3 adjustable shelves
It’s made of laminated MDF, particle board and glass door fronts (so get the Mod Podge to protect it longer from scratches.) I think this one looks nicer, if you can fit
it in your budget but it is a little bit higher priced.
It is a great size to balance the couch or love seat in the room and the doors on it not only look good but they will keep dust off of items stored inside. If you prefer them to be covered you can get a decorative paper or a piece of fabric that you like from a craft store and tape it to the inside of the glass for a nice look. Try to get a neutral color or a pattern that matches your upholstery for best results.
So if you have a very small space to furnish, you could reasonably do it with these products for around $500 or $600. Check out my Product Review Ottoman/Fold Out Bed for some choices of a small hide-a-way bed, that I found on Amazon. It’s simple to set up and easy to put away.
Here’s a quick and stylish make-over idea,
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