38 Clever Items That Will Open Up Your Small Space

Living the small space lifestyle is an ongoing battle of trying to do more with the less. Sometimes, after an exhaustive search, we strike the furniture jackpot with a piece that epitomizes our spacial, stylistic, and budgetary trifecta. But just because these home buys are a rarity, doesn't mean that there aren't multiple viable options out there...It's a matter of finding the time to hunt them down.

If turning small-space furniture hunting into a full-time job isn't in the cards right now, don't sweat it — because we've got you and your tiny apartment's back. Every month we're hula-hooping our way through the best buys in budget, size, and statement-making — from chic nesting tables to decorative room dividers, work-from-home space solutions, sleek units with extra shelving, and beyond.


Scroll on for the under $150 furniture finds that will maximize tight spaces while keeping minimalism and style top of mind — so you can easily shop, decorate, and relax without ever leaving your tiny abode.

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Hallie Entryway Storage Mirror

When "coat closets" are a foreign concept: Turn to a compact, free-standing entryway rack to hold your coats, bags, and shoes in maximized space-saving fashion.
Urban Outfitters Hallie Entryway Storage Unit, $149.00 Buy

Red Barrel Studio Sander Floating Desk

When your bedroom is also your office: Meet the space-saving champion that is this wall-mounted desk meets vanity — built to support everything from your workspace essentials to your beauty routine in elevated style.
Red Barrel Studio Sander Floating Desk, $91.99 $79.99 Buy

Umbra Triflora Hanging Planter

When you don't have a window sill to plant an apartment garden on: Try taking those green friends to your sun-soaked windows with this sweet white hanging system.
Umbra Triflora Hanging Melamine Hanging Planter, $65.00 $50.00 Buy

Orren Ellis 3 Runner Piece Nesting Tables

When you need (but can't sacrifice) more table space: Go the nesting-table route — this compact side-table trio is ready to open up surface area wherever you need it and stack up wherever you don't.
Orren Ellis Runner 3 Piece Nesting Tables, $159.00 $109.00 Buy

West Elm Modern Stacking Stool

When the accent chair of your dreams just won't fit: Invest in a set of these on-sale, velvet-upholstered stools instead as a modern-style accent that stacks up to save space.
West Elm Modern Stacking Stool, $99.00 $79.20 Buy

Woodek Designs Scandinavian Floating Nightstand

When your floor square footage is nearly nonexistent: This floating bedside table and storage unit will elevate your essentials where cramped floor space can't.
Woodek Design Scandinavian Floating Nightstand, $159.00 $135.15 Buy

Williston Forge Wall-Mounted Bathroom Cabinet

When your bathroom can't contain your beauty routine: This wall-mountable bathroom cabinet is the answer to containing your overload of personal products — from hair to skincare, beauty essentials, and more — in chic-locker style.
Williston Forge Cherita Wall Mounted Bathroom Cabinet, $104.99 $89.99 Buy

Sunix Magnetic Fridge Rack

When countertops and cupboards are out of the storage question: Turn to this multi-tiered and streamlined magnetic rack that's designed to stick right to your fridge.
Sunix Magnetic Fridge Rack, $35.99 Buy

Lifestorey Mesa Mid-Century Corner Desk

When you'd like to work somewhere that isn't your kitchen table: This compact desk is designed to tuck into a corner — transforming an otherwise neglected area inside your small-space into that designated WFH office you've been craving.
Lifestorey Mesa Mid-Century Modern Corner Desk, $169.99 $127.49 Buy

Porch & Den Marylee Convertible Chair

When you don't have sun OR room to fit a dreamy daybed: Make your own small-space lounging retreat by investing in an oversized chair that converts into a compact bed for luxuriating.
Porch & Den Marylee Convertible Chair, $187.99 $159.79 Buy

Anthropologie Swivel Hanging Rack

When your entryway is a cluttered heap of bags, coats, and hats: Get them off the ground and streamlined with this tree-style organizer that swivels and attaches easily to the wall.
Anthropologie Swivel Hanging Rack, $98.00 Buy

Dotted Line Derek Garment Rack

When you consider closets to be a thing of myths: The closet-less small-space plague need no longer trouble you — instead, try out a streamlined, free-standing rack for clothing and shoe storage.
Dotted Line Derek 25.19 Garment Rack, $46.99 $39.99 Buy

Justina Blakeney Jardin Duvet Set

When you want to flex your interior design muscle but don't have a lot of room for it: Here's the easy, one-step home decor upgrade you'll thank us for later — Use your bed as a decorative anchor by dressing it with a stylish throw.
Justina Blakeney Jardin Duvet Set, $130.00 Buy

PBteen Over-The-Door Oval Mirror Organizer

When making space for a vanity is done in vain: Not all vanities are cumbersome sets — this stream-lined hanging system was made to be a small-space readying star with its storage container for stowing away hair tools, hooks for hanging your daily accessories, and built-in oval mirror for getting gussied up.
PBTeen Over-the-Door Oval Mirror Organizer, $4.25 Buy

Furmax Futon Sofa Bed

When your apartment won't fit a pullout sofa: This affordable, stylish, and adjustable futon-couch has compact bonus sleep space covered.
Furmax Futon Sofa Bed, $139.99 Buy

Laurel Foundry Ermont Cubby Storage Bench

When the "mudroom" is your "living room": This storage bench has a light oak seat for resting your caboose while changing shoes and space underneath for storing them — there's also a convenient cubby for hidding umbrellas, hats, and anything else that needs to be quickly stashed before entering your humble abode.
Laurel Foundry Modern Farmhouse Ermont Cubby Storage Bench, $125.99 Buy

Anthropologie Hanging Utensil Basket

When you don't have a drawer to store your silverware in: Mount this chic, multipurpose basket on your kitchen wall to make a utensil-catching statement instead.
Anthropologie Hanging Utensil Basket, $28.00 Buy

Good & Gracious Geometric Bookcase

When your apartment is your bedroom (and vice versa): When small spaces don't leave room for walls, create your own boundaries by sectioning off the room with a sturdy bookcase unit that offers stylish geometric separation.
Good & Gracious Geometric Bookcase, $74.99 Buy

Umbra Conceal Bookshelf

When your book collection is out of a Hoarders' episode: Streamline all your favorite paper to hardcovers and magazines with the ultimate minimalist's solution — a set of invisible, wall-mounted bookshelves.
Umbra Conceal Book Shelf, $14.99 Buy

Urban Outfitters Wicker Corner Hamper

When you don't have a closet to hide a hamper in: Instead of letting your dirty laundry pile up on the floor, store it inside a space-savvy wick hamper designed to tuck into an empty corner of your room.
Urban Outfitters Wicker Corner Hamper, $69.00 Buy

West Elm Toilet Paper Storage

When you don't have a laundry room to stash all those extra TP rolls in: This sleek and slim unit was designed in Japan to hold up to 12 rolls of your toilet-paper stock AND slide neatly into that tight space next to your golden throne.
West Elm Toilet Paper Storage, $50.00 Buy

Kamal Folding Multi-Hook

When you're rich in mugs but poor in cabinet space: Let everything from your prized Ruth Bader Ginsberg to trendy glazed stoneware and chipped alma-mater cup dangle in organized style for all to behold (vertical or horizontal, depending on your available wall real estate).
Urban Outfitters Kamal Folding Multi-Hook, $49.00 Buy

Solid Manufacturing Co. Decorative Found Ladder

When you don't have space to spare for drying delicates: This leaning ladder rack is the vertical solution to hanging wet laundry without sacrificing the little floor surface area you have left.
Solid Manufacturing Co. Decorative Found Ladder, $96.00 Buy

Tirrinia Bedside Shelf Table & Storage Organizer Caddy

When your bed is now your desk: This bedside attachable shelf-table is ready to support your from-bed business essentials.
Tirrinia Bedside Shelf Table & Storage Organizer Caddy, $31.98 $29.98 Buy

DistressedMeNot Wall-Mounted Wood Wine Rack

When a bar cart is too big (but so is your booze collection): Try going with a wall-mounted bar instead that will display your bottles (and glasses) in elevated style.
DistressedMeNot Rustic Wall Mounted Wood Wine Rack, $34.00 Buy

Weist Nesting Poufs

When extra seating, tabletop, AND storage space all compete: This compact set of chic velvet poufs not only serves as bonus seating AND tabletop surface area, but it boasts bonus interior storage, too — and can nest together when not in use.
Wayfair Weist Pouf Set, $125.98 $72.99 Buy

Maxyoyo Japanese Floor Futon Mattress

When you don't have a guest room (let alone room for guests): Fold up and tuck this twin-sized, traditional Japanese futon-style mattress underneath your bed to use as a pull-out sleep space for your guests in a pinch.
MAXYOYO Grey Triangle Japanese Floor Futon Mattress, $119.89 Buy

PBteen Wall Leaning Storage Rack With Hamper

When your bathroom isn't built for storage: Take advantage of an empty wall with this incredibly functional and space-efficient leaning tower with a built-in laundry hamper, towel rack, a shelf.
PBTeen Wall Leaning Storage Rack With Hamper, $99.00 $79.00 Buy

Urban Outfitters Magnolia Macramé Window Panel

When you don't have a door to hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign on: Make your own doorway by hanging this artfully woven macramé window panel up for a little extra-stylish privacy.
Urban Outfitters Magnolia Macramé Window Panel, $89.00 $69.00 Buy

The Container Store Magnetic Modular System Components

When you don't have space for a workspace: This magnetic-modular wall system won't just stash all your home-office essentials in an elevated style, it will also provide some fresh space for planting a tiny apartment garden too.
Container Store Perch Magnetic Modular System Components, $14.99 Buy

Urban Outfitters Barrel Shower Caddy

When your dream bathroom beauty #shelfie is just a dream: This over-the-shower-head solution is ready for its Instagram closeup, displaying everything from your enviable skin to hair-care routines and even your favorite tiny succulents.
Urban Outfitters Barrel Shower Caddy, $49.00 Buy

Catalina Lighting Floor Lamp

When your tiny apartment is also a dark tiny apartment: Allow this stylish lamp to light up your dark apartment while also playing the double-duty role of living room storage unit.
Catalina Lighting 58" Floor Lamp, $99.99 $83.99 Buy

Bonzy Home Mobile Side Table

When you don't actually have a living room: Tuck this small-space version of a side table and desktop beside a compact love seat to create your own studio apartment-style "living room."
Bonzy Home Mobile Side Table, $47.99 Buy

Yamazaki Chain Link Bag Holder

When you can't sacrifice space for spices: Pick up a slim unit with major storage potential — like this thin-framed tree-shaped hanging rack that can neatly store all of those handbags and tote bags that have been collecting in a pile on your floor.
Yamazaki Chain Link Bag Holder, $22.99 Buy

Urban Outfitters Barkley Storage Shelf

When you don't have a "real" kitchen: Tiny apartments usually don't come complete with separate kitchen spaces — or any kitchen space at all — which is where a multi-storage-capable unit with a streamlined ladder-style frame comes in handy.
Urban Outfitters Barkley Storage Shelf, $49.00 Buy

World Market 3 Tier Gold Wire Basket Rolling Cart

When your office is your bedroom/dining room: This elegant rolling cart looks just as smart in your bedroom as it would in an office setting. It can hold anything from hardware to pantry goods or both, of course.
World Market Gold Wire Basket 3 Tier Antonia Rolling Cart, $99.99 Buy

HuanLei Macrame Fringed Double Hammock

When an outdoor oasis isn't in the building plan: Hang a cotton hammock from a nook inside your small space to bring the breezy outside vibes inside.
HuanLei Macrame Fringed Double Hammock, $77.21 Buy

Gracie Oaks Dorn Wall Storage Organizer With Baskets

When your kitchen countertop space is limited: Take advantage of empty wall space and hang these chic farmhouse style wire baskets to house your fruits and veg.
Wayfair Dorn Wall Storage Organizer With Baskets, Set of 2, $37.82 Buy
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