Expand Storage With Multipurpose Furniture

Short on space? Furniture that looks good and provides storage may be just what you need to make your home attractive and keep clutter at bay.

By: Michele C Hollow

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Photo By: Kira Shemano Photography ©Kira Shemano


Photo By: Kira Shemano Photography ©Kira Shemano

Pet-Friendly Functionality

Learn how to construct a three-sided cube that can serve as an end table and a pet bed. Get the How-To >>

Add Style to the Mudroom

Gladiator's Garage Works' Storage Bench is built with a sturdy bamboo top and heavy-duty steel frame. It's perfect for the garage, mudroom or laundry room.

Two-Room Kitty Box

Cats make great companions, but the odor and mess of their litter box isn't always ideal. Turn a standard laminate cabinet into a kitty station complete with litter box containment, storage and an all-important nap spot. Get the How-To >>

Ebook Reader

Designer Melody Rubin from House of Ruby Interior Design transformed an old chest into a comfortable seating area. The chest is covered with a cushion and pillows.

Look Under the Mattress

When closed, the drawers on this queen- and king-sized bed from Seahawk Designs Inc. are hidden. Open them to reveal extra storage space.

Dual-Purpose Room

The sofa bed from Rowe Furniture is not the only dual-functioning piece in this multipurpose guest room/office. The decorative wrought-iron gate, once used on a fire escape, can now hold belts and scarfs. The file drawers on this makeshift desk offer guests a place to store their clothing. The basket alongside the chair stores extra blankets and doubles as a side table.

Functional Art

As a folding chair it’s comfortable and eye pleasing. Fold it up, hang it on the wall, and it becomes a work of art. Called Folditure, this architecturally crafted folding chair, is designed by Alexander Gendell.

Solo or Duo

These cube-shaped ottomans from Rowe Furniture's Robin Bruce Line work great alone or with a partner. Take off the removable top, flip it over and it becomes a serving tray. You can also stuff toys, a small pillow or a single blanket inside.

Put Your Feet Up

This classic ottoman from Rowe Furniture comes in bold colors and provides storage space for blankets, games, books or just about anything. Thanks to its size, the ottoman also doubles as a table.

Study Time

One of Melody Rubin's clients wanted a place in the family room where the kids could do their homework. So she custom-designed a wood desk, added drawers for storage and a glass top to protect it. The bright orange bench stores papers and can be moved around the room for additional seating.

Show Off Your Collections

Designer Nathan Turner has a knack for artfully displaying books, photographs and other items that should be in the spotlight. This oversize ottoman houses books, works as a coffee table and has storage inside. The screen is ideal for hanging art and photographs.

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