16 Affordable Furniture Buys For Every Type Of Small Space

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Every single piece of home decor counts when you're living in a small space. Sure, you can always make the most of your vertical space or stock up on storage baskets but the smarter thing to do is picking the right furniture.

It's not just about buying items with the narrowest dimensions possible. Given the limited real estate, your furnishings should be capable of wearing multiple hats or shape-shifting as and when needed. We're talking about clever folding desks that can be tucked away at a moment's notice, side tables that can be stacked to save space, and comfy seating that doubles up as a sofa bed.

Ahead, we have curated the best furniture out there for your teensy abode, organised by each area in your home. They can be considered investment pieces but the prices are on the affordable side (you'll even spot a few products on sale). Whether you're battling a cramped bedroom or a lack of counter space in your kitchen, we've got you covered.

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<h2>For the entryway...</h2><br>A bench that also keeps your shoes organised.<br><br><strong>La Redoute</strong> Entryway Bench, $, available at <a href="https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350121450.aspx?dim1=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:La Redoute" class="link ">La Redoute</a>

For the entryway...


A bench that also keeps your shoes organised.

La Redoute Entryway Bench, $, available at La Redoute
<h2>For the hallway...</h2><br>Nifty vertical hooks to stash away your coats and hats.<br><br><strong>H&M</strong> Vertical Hanging Rack, $, available at <a href="https://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0991765001.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:H&M" class="link ">H&M</a>

For the hallway...


Nifty vertical hooks to stash away your coats and hats.

H&M Vertical Hanging Rack, $, available at H&M
<h2>For the bedroom...</h2><br><br>A cleverly designed mirror that also holds all your treasures.<br><br><strong>Luke Henley</strong> Floor Standing Jewellery Cabinet With Mirror, $, available at <a href="https://ebay.us/vz1MN2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eBay" class="link ">eBay</a>

For the bedroom...



A cleverly designed mirror that also holds all your treasures.

Luke Henley Floor Standing Jewellery Cabinet With Mirror, $, available at eBay
<h2>For the living room...</h2><br>Chic side tables that can be stacked and put anywhere.<br><br><strong>CultFurniture</strong> Nesting Side Tables, $, available at <a href="https://www.cultfurniture.com/furniture-c10/tables-c9/side-tables-c43/madison-set-of-2-nesting-side-tables-white-marble-black-p35298" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cult Furniture" class="link ">Cult Furniture</a>

For the living room...


Chic side tables that can be stacked and put anywhere.

CultFurniture Nesting Side Tables, $, available at Cult Furniture
<h2>For the living room...</h2><br>A lounge chair that turns into a single sofa bed.<br><br><strong>Marks & Spencer</strong> Fold Out Sofa Bed, $, available at <a href="https://www.marksandspencer.com/logan-single-fold-out-sofa-bed/p/fhp60540699001?color=MIDNIGHTNAVY&Fabrics=25884067" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Marks & Spencer" class="link ">Marks & Spencer</a>

For the living room...


A lounge chair that turns into a single sofa bed.

Marks & Spencer Fold Out Sofa Bed, $, available at Marks & Spencer
<h2>For the kitchen...</h2><br>A spice ladder for that awkward bit next to your fridge.<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Barkley Storage Shelf, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/barkley-storage-shelf?category=SAYTPRODUCT&color=010&type=REGULAR&size=ONE%20SIZE&quantity=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link ">Urban Outfitters</a>

For the kitchen...


A spice ladder for that awkward bit next to your fridge.

Urban Outfitters Barkley Storage Shelf, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<h2>For the living room...</h2><br>A sleek floor lamp that doubles as a coffee table.<br><br><strong>John Lewis & Partners</strong> Shelf Floor Lamp, $, available at <a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-partners-cluster-trio-shelf-floor-lamp/p4855660" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John Lewis & Partners" class="link ">John Lewis & Partners</a>

For the living room...


A sleek floor lamp that doubles as a coffee table.

John Lewis & Partners Shelf Floor Lamp, $, available at John Lewis & Partners
<h2>For the bathroom...</h2><br>A towel rail with extra room for toiletries.<br><br><strong>Made</strong> Freestanding Towel Rail, $, available at <a href="https://www.made.com/dione-freestanding-towel-rail-mango-wood-brass-2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Made.com" class="link ">Made.com</a>

For the bathroom...


A towel rail with extra room for toiletries.

Made Freestanding Towel Rail, $, available at Made.com
<h2>For your WFH station...</h2><br>The foldable desk that can be easily packed away.<br><br><strong>Mercury Row</strong> Floating Desk, $, available at <a href="https://www.wayfair.co.uk/furniture/pdp/mercury-row-oday-floating-desk-u003916388.html?piid=" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link ">Wayfair</a>

For your WFH station...


The foldable desk that can be easily packed away.

Mercury Row Floating Desk, $, available at Wayfair
<h2>For the bedroom...</h2><br>Extra seating with hidden storage.<br><br><strong>Fairmont Park</strong> Oval Storage Ottoman, $, available at <a href="https://www.wayfair.co.uk/Fairmont-Park--Ariana-76Cm-Wide-Velvet-Oval-Storage-Ottoman-V113468279-L310-K~U002357168.html?piid=702669780" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link ">Wayfair</a>

For the bedroom...


Extra seating with hidden storage.

Fairmont Park Oval Storage Ottoman, $, available at Wayfair
<h2>For the bedroom...</h2><br>A full-length mirror with sneaky shelving.<br><br><strong>Dunelm</strong> Oak Storage Mirror, $, available at <a href="https://www.dunelm.com/product/oak-storage-mirror-160cm-x-40cm-1000196808" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Dunelm" class="link ">Dunelm</a>

For the bedroom...


A full-length mirror with sneaky shelving.

Dunelm Oak Storage Mirror, $, available at Dunelm
<h2>For the kitchen...</h2><br><br>Space saving <em>and</em> aesthetically pleasing.<br><br><strong>eBay</strong> Handwoven Vegetable Fruit Basket, $, available at <a href="https://ebay.us/bLlFnX" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eBay" class="link ">eBay</a>

For the kitchen...



Space saving and aesthetically pleasing.

eBay Handwoven Vegetable Fruit Basket, $, available at eBay
<h2>For the living room...</h2><br><br>Justify lost floor space with a light that doubles up as shelving.<br><br><strong>eBay</strong> 3-Tier Shelf Floor Lamp, $, available at <a href="https://ebay.us/cmu62i" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eBay" class="link ">eBay</a>

For the living room...



Justify lost floor space with a light that doubles up as shelving.

eBay 3-Tier Shelf Floor Lamp, $, available at eBay
<h2>For any empty corners...</h2><br>Floating shelves to maximise space.<br><br><strong>Mila Home Store</strong> Floating Corner Shelf, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/1102884005/fathers-day-home-decor-corner-shelf" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link ">Etsy</a>

For any empty corners...


Floating shelves to maximise space.

Mila Home Store Floating Corner Shelf, $, available at Etsy
<h2>For the living room...</h2><br><br>Storage that doubles up as extra seating.<br><br><strong>TS Domestics LTD</strong> Rattan & Velvet Pink Storage Foot Stool, $, available at <a href="https://ebay.us/rDkmJ9" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eBay" class="link ">eBay</a>

For the living room...



Storage that doubles up as extra seating.

TS Domestics LTD Rattan & Velvet Pink Storage Foot Stool, $, available at eBay
<h2>For the bedroom...</h2><br><br>Floating bedside tables save some much-needed floor space.<br><br><strong>Timbit Wood Design</strong> Wooden Floating Bedside Tables, Set of 2, $, available at <a href="https://ebay.us/qYWXkY" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:eBay" class="link ">eBay</a>

For the bedroom...



Floating bedside tables save some much-needed floor space.

Timbit Wood Design Wooden Floating Bedside Tables, Set of 2, $, available at eBay
<strong>The Extra Seating That Isn't Ugly</strong><br><br>These stacking stools will sit happily in your living room, functioning as a table for a trailing plant, stacking books or another purpose, until you need them for actual sitting on.<br><br><strong>Morfus</strong> Peggi Stool, $, available at <a href="https://morfusuk.com/shop/peggi/peggi-stool/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Morfus" class="link ">Morfus</a>
The Extra Seating That Isn't Ugly

These stacking stools will sit happily in your living room, functioning as a table for a trailing plant, stacking books or another purpose, until you need them for actual sitting on.

Morfus Peggi Stool, $, available at Morfus
<strong>The sofa that will actually fit through your front door</strong><br><br>Sure, your living room might be normal sized but are any of your doorways? As someone who's had to hoist a sofa over the back (10 foot high) wall, this company, with their build-it-yourself sofas are genius. The record for putting it together is less than three minutes, it's that easy.<br><br><strong>Snug</strong> The Rebel 3 Seater Sofa, $, available at <a href="https://snugsofa.com/shop/sofa" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Snug" class="link ">Snug</a>
The sofa that will actually fit through your front door

Sure, your living room might be normal sized but are any of your doorways? As someone who's had to hoist a sofa over the back (10 foot high) wall, this company, with their build-it-yourself sofas are genius. The record for putting it together is less than three minutes, it's that easy.

Snug The Rebel 3 Seater Sofa, $, available at Snug
<strong>The Shelves That Don't Compromise On Floor Space</strong><br><br>Not only do these shelves give added floor space (which really helps with the illusion of space), the metal sides give extra hanging possibilities.<br><br><strong>String</strong> Pocket Shelves, $, available at <a href="https://www.johnlewis.com/string-pocket-shelves/walnut/p3364844" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:John Lewis & Partners" class="link ">John Lewis & Partners</a>
The Shelves That Don't Compromise On Floor Space

Not only do these shelves give added floor space (which really helps with the illusion of space), the metal sides give extra hanging possibilities.

String Pocket Shelves, $, available at John Lewis & Partners
<strong>The Bed That's Hiding Another Bed</strong><br><br>For those of you with a much-lusted after guest room, these stackable beds provide sleeping space for not one but <em>two </em>extra people – creating one large double or two singles.<br><br><strong>IKEA</strong> UTÅKER Stackable Bed, $, available at <a href="https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/beds/guest-beds-day-beds/ut%C3%A5ker-stackable-bed-pine-art-00360484/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:IKEA" class="link ">IKEA</a>
The Bed That's Hiding Another Bed

For those of you with a much-lusted after guest room, these stackable beds provide sleeping space for not one but two extra people – creating one large double or two singles.

IKEA UTÅKER Stackable Bed, $, available at IKEA
<strong>The Bathroom Shelves That Don't Take Up The Whole Bathroom</strong><br><br>When your bathroom is already tiny, you don't need extra floor space taken up with storage. This caddy can either hang from a shower rod (make sure it's sturdy), sit on a windowsill or take up only a teeny-tiny amount of space on the floor.<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Minimal Rose Gold Standing Bathroom Storage Rack, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/minimal-rose-gold-standing-bathroom-storage-rack" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link ">Urban Outfitters</a>
The Bathroom Shelves That Don't Take Up The Whole Bathroom

When your bathroom is already tiny, you don't need extra floor space taken up with storage. This caddy can either hang from a shower rod (make sure it's sturdy), sit on a windowsill or take up only a teeny-tiny amount of space on the floor.

Urban Outfitters Minimal Rose Gold Standing Bathroom Storage Rack, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<strong>The Mattress That Doesn't Take Up The Space Of A Mattress</strong><br><br>If you don't have a guest room, don't worry about it – this foldable Muji mattress will slip under a bed or in a cupboard easily and is much easier to manoeuvre than that air bed your mum insists on blowing up every Christmas.<br><br><strong>Muji</strong> Foldaway Guest Mattress, $, available at <a href="https://www.muji.eu/pages/online.asp?Sec=19&Sub=122&PID=782&qclr=4548076339557" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Muji" class="link ">Muji</a>
The Mattress That Doesn't Take Up The Space Of A Mattress

If you don't have a guest room, don't worry about it – this foldable Muji mattress will slip under a bed or in a cupboard easily and is much easier to manoeuvre than that air bed your mum insists on blowing up every Christmas.

Muji Foldaway Guest Mattress, $, available at Muji
<strong>The Extra Seating With The Secret Storage</strong><br><br>Perfect to use in a living room where only one couch will fit, this ottoman provides some much-needed extra seating if any guests come round. However, it also lifts up to store whatever else you would rather not have on show.<br><br><strong>Safina</strong> Ottoman Storage Bench in Pink Velvet, $, available at <a href="https://furniture123.co.uk/p/safina-blush-pink-velvet-storage-box-saf051" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Furniture 123" class="link ">Furniture 123</a>
The Extra Seating With The Secret Storage

Perfect to use in a living room where only one couch will fit, this ottoman provides some much-needed extra seating if any guests come round. However, it also lifts up to store whatever else you would rather not have on show.

Safina Ottoman Storage Bench in Pink Velvet, $, available at Furniture 123
<strong>The Storage Boxes That Are Easy On The Eye</strong><br><br>Ideally, you'd like everything that isn't meant to be on show tucked away until it's ready to be used, but with no storage space, that's not always an option. Luckily, these storage boxes can be stacked in a corner and look like they're meant to be there without causing too much of a fuss.<br><br><strong>Made.com</strong> Daven Set of 2 Metal Storage Box Trunks, $, available at <a href="https://www.made.com/daven-set-of-2-metal-storage-box-trunks-burnt-orange-off-white" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Made.com" class="link ">Made.com</a>
The Storage Boxes That Are Easy On The Eye

Ideally, you'd like everything that isn't meant to be on show tucked away until it's ready to be used, but with no storage space, that's not always an option. Luckily, these storage boxes can be stacked in a corner and look like they're meant to be there without causing too much of a fuss.

Made.com Daven Set of 2 Metal Storage Box Trunks, $, available at Made.com
<strong>The Work-From-Home Desk That Doesn't Dominate The Room</strong><br><br>With fewer of us working in offices, small desks are much in need. My top pick is still the leaning desk, which is best for providing stability, taking up minimal floor space and providing shelving storage too.<br><br><strong>Made.com</strong> Kleur Leaning Desk, Pine and Grey, $, available at <a href="https://www.made.com/kleur-leaning-desk-pine-and-grey-27" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Made.com" class="link ">Made.com</a>
The Work-From-Home Desk That Doesn't Dominate The Room

With fewer of us working in offices, small desks are much in need. My top pick is still the leaning desk, which is best for providing stability, taking up minimal floor space and providing shelving storage too.

Made.com Kleur Leaning Desk, Pine and Grey, $, available at Made.com
<br><br><strong>Habitat</strong> Drew Bamboo and white lacquer ladder desk, $, available at <a href="https://www.habitat.co.uk/drew-bamboo-and-white-lacquer-ladder-desk-296269" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Habitat" class="link ">Habitat</a>


Habitat Drew Bamboo and white lacquer ladder desk, $, available at Habitat
<strong>The Shelves That Won't Annoy Your Landlord</strong><br><br>Wall mounted shelving is not the friend of renters – landlords don't tend to take kindly to giant holes left from attaching things to their walls. These leaning shelves, in the same way as the desk, are the next best option as they take up so little floor space.<br><br><strong>Habitat</strong> Jessie Oak Narrow Leaning Bookcase, $, available at <a href="https://www.habitat.co.uk/jessie-oak-narrow-leaning-bookcase-268312" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Habitat" class="link ">Habitat</a>
The Shelves That Won't Annoy Your Landlord

Wall mounted shelving is not the friend of renters – landlords don't tend to take kindly to giant holes left from attaching things to their walls. These leaning shelves, in the same way as the desk, are the next best option as they take up so little floor space.

Habitat Jessie Oak Narrow Leaning Bookcase, $, available at Habitat
<br><br><strong>IKEA</strong> FROSTA Stackable Stool, $, available at <a href="https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/chairs-stools-benches/stools-benches/frosta-stool-birch-plywood-art-24286205/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:IKEA" class="link ">IKEA</a>


IKEA FROSTA Stackable Stool, $, available at IKEA
<br><br><strong>Urban Outfitters</strong> Vinyl Record Storage Shelf, $, available at <a href="https://www.urbanoutfitters.com/en-gb/shop/vinyl-record-storage-shelf2" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Urban Outfitters" class="link ">Urban Outfitters</a>


Urban Outfitters Vinyl Record Storage Shelf, $, available at Urban Outfitters
<strong>The Bedside Table That Doesn't Swamp The Room</strong><br><br>Again, no legs means no wasted floor space thus leaving room underneath this floating bedside table to create the feel of a bigger room – or use it to stack books.<br><br><strong>La Redoute Interieurs</strong> Trigala Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at <a href="https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350123673.aspx#searchkeyword=Wall%20Mounted%20Bedside%20Table,&shoppingtool=search" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:La Redoute" class="link ">La Redoute</a>
The Bedside Table That Doesn't Swamp The Room

Again, no legs means no wasted floor space thus leaving room underneath this floating bedside table to create the feel of a bigger room – or use it to stack books.

La Redoute Interieurs Trigala Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at La Redoute
<strong>The Bedside Table That Doesn't Swamp The Room</strong><br><br>Again, no legs means no wasted floor space thus leaving room underneath this floating bedside table to create the feel of a bigger room – or use it to stack books.<br><br><strong>La Redoute</strong> Valga Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at <a href="https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350118554.aspx?rmatt=tsid:1038544~cid:92882~cgid:928828985727~crid:50177363&awc=1496_1554298422_401d2dfd60f2b42b9b86a014efddb5d8&kaPt=affiliatewindow&kaTckM=pcwr&kaPcId=58244&kaAcId=222&kaTckId=292981&kaPgmId=1496&kaAdPtId=0&kaRdt=http://www.laredoute.co.uk/&omniturecode=Affliates-292981&rmatt=tsid:1038544&utm_source=affiliate&utm_medium=awin&utm_campaign=292981&utm_term=Shopping+Directory&utm_content=My+Small+Space+Ltd" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:La Redoute" class="link ">La Redoute</a><br><br><strong>La Redoute Interieurs</strong> Trigala Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at <a href="https://www.laredoute.co.uk/ppdp/prod-350123673.aspx#searchkeyword=Wall%20Mounted%20Bedside%20Table,&shoppingtool=search" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:La Redoute" class="link ">La Redoute</a>
The Bedside Table That Doesn't Swamp The Room

Again, no legs means no wasted floor space thus leaving room underneath this floating bedside table to create the feel of a bigger room – or use it to stack books.

La Redoute Valga Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at La Redoute

La Redoute Interieurs Trigala Wall-Mounted Bedside Table, $, available at La Redoute
<strong>The Shelves That Use Dead Space</strong><br><br>Corners are notoriously difficult to fill, and it's a shame when you're living with small spaces. This corner shelving unit makes use of all angles – its height gives more storage too.<br><br><strong>Wayfair</strong> Carol Corner Bookcase, $, available at <a href="https://www.wayfair.co.uk/furniture/pdp/zipcode-design-carol-corner-bookcase-tcrw1515.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Wayfair" class="link ">Wayfair</a>
The Shelves That Use Dead Space

Corners are notoriously difficult to fill, and it's a shame when you're living with small spaces. This corner shelving unit makes use of all angles – its height gives more storage too.

Wayfair Carol Corner Bookcase, $, available at Wayfair

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