10 Rooms With Furniture That Pulls Double Duty

Being tight on space can definitely bring about some headache-inducing decorating woes. With the help of some practical purchases — and a little creative placement — you’ll be able to put together a perfectly designed space that will cover all of the functionalities you need for day-to-day living. From coffee tables that double as extra seating to room dividers that serve as storage, these multi-purpose hacks will change the way you set up your space.

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Entryway Extras

One piece of furniture is all you need to elevate the overall style of any entryway and add much-needed storage. A bench is a must-have for any hallway, but is made even better when it doubles as a storage space. With an upholstered top that makes sitting down comfortable and opens up to reveal a spacious compartment, this next-level bench is a must.

Nightstand/Vanity

Get the best of both worlds by turning standard bedroom furniture into multi-functional fixtures that still look cool. Bedside tables are a necessity, who wants to stumble out of bed to get a glass of water, after all? Instead of a classic nightstand, position a small-scale desk right at the side of your bed that can also act as a vanity or work space. Hang a mirror, display your beauty products, and position a chair nearby for an all-purpose setup that will revamp any bedroom for the better.

Additional Seating

Having enough available seating is always a struggle when guests come over — especially if you’re already living in close quarters. But you can solve this problem instantly, by swapping out your traditional coffee tables for plush ottomans instead. Since these pieces have sturdy structures, they can easily pull off two jobs at once. When you don't need the extra seats, you can always leave trays on them for snacks, drinks, books, remote controls and more. Have some guests over? Quickly pull the ottomans to the side of the room and utilize the plush tops as the perfect spot to take a seat.

Room Divider & Storage Space

Open floor plans are great for a variety of reasons, but they can be a pain to navigate when it comes to furniture placement. Room dividers are an ideal way to designate separate living spaces without closing off the layout. A room divider made up of open cubbies is the perfect way to add definition to an interior while also introducing a bunch of new storage space. Whether you use these shelves as a spot to store essentials or to show off that never-ending plant collection, its multi-purpose structure will do wonders for any home.

Headboard Highlights

The addition of a stylish headboard is one of the easiest ways to completely transform a bedroom. Don’t stop there, though. Turn any headboard into a storage option by using shelves or cubbies to frame the back of the bed itself. This way, you have a one-of-a-kind backdrop for your bed and ample amounts of space to show off your favorite finds. Stock the shelves with your favorite books, clothing or plants in order to create a stylized statement that will wow.

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Media Unit/Bookshelf

Combine two traditional living room pieces in order to save on precious space. Rather than installing both a media unit and a bookshelf, store all of your entertainment must-haves on one open shelving system for a high-style look that won’t disappoint. Your television and speakers will blend in seamlessly with books and decorative accents, so why keep them separate?

Kitchen Workspace

Having enough space for an at-home office is definitely a luxury. Luckily, there are a variety of ways to incorporate a workspace into your home even if you don't have a bedroom to spare. It may not be the first place you think of, but the kitchen is often an ideal spot to craft a little workspace. With the addition of a chair, computer and other office must-haves, you can turn unused counter space into a designated spot to get some work done. And as an added bonus, you won't have to go too far to find the snacks.

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Storage Unit Reading Nook

Having your own reading nook doesn't have to be a far-off dream. Create a spot to cozy up and unwind with a book by optimizing unused space. Built-in wall units let you keep endless items stashed away behind close doors, but they can also serve as a great spot to introduce a swoon-worthy nook. By adding a seat cushion and some throw pillows, any empty section of a wall unit can instantly transform into an adorable alcove.

Platform Bed Space Saver

Having enough room to properly store all of one’s belongings never seems to be a realistic possibility. So get clever with hacks and DIY projects to create a unique piece of furniture that will cater to all of your needs. Take any platform bed to the next level by adding in ample amounts of storage right within its structure. Your bed will get a boost in height (and style), and your shoes and accessories will finally find a home.

Storage-Heavy Coffee Table

Coffee tables are an essential part of any living room design. In addition to tieing the room together, they also serve as a spot to display accessories or show off one's personal style. Skip the standard options and go for one that provides you with endless storage possibilities too. A rustic trunk adds the perfect amount of charm, while giving you a place to tuck away items that don’t seem to fit elsewhere. Extra blankets, throw pillows and remote controls can easily be stowed away here for a clutter-free living space that won’t overwhelm.