10 Great Space Savers
Deft multitaskers, quick-changing transformers, and masters of illusion are what characterize the latest in small-scale appliances for the kitchen, fixtures for the bath, and furniture for the rest of your house
Create a big impact in a small space with the Gertrude settee, a tight-back beauty, 62 inches wide by 43 inches high by 33 inches deep, from Jayson Home and Garden. The design prizes height over width and rides tall on four sleek legs. The velvet upholstery, which is surprisingly easy to clean, ramps up the elegance.
About $995; Jayson Home & Garden
The top of the Marettimo bed from Flou, mattress and all, raises on
easy-glide lifts so you can stash linens, off-season clothes, or whatever
else you want to hide inside. Such utility—and fancy Italian design—doesn't
come cheap, though. Think of it as an extra closet.
About $6,628; Flou
Live with history, even in tight quarters. The Sutherland table, a classic English drop-leaf with an end drawer, is a faithful reproduction of a George III table at Althorp, the late Princess Di's family estate in the English countryside. The mahogany and rosewood spindle-leg table is inlaid with rosewood, amboyna, and walnut. It's 33 inches wide by 27 inches high by 27 inches deep.
About $1,000; ABC Home
The 66-inch-long Ava love seat from High Fashion Home does everything a proper settee should except take up a lot of room. A tight, tailored back and lofty seat cushion offer optimal comfort. And the legs screw off, making it easy to handle on moving day. Choose from 300 fabrics or 40 leathers.
About $999; High Fashion Home
Get a fresh take on a space-savvy classic: The Celerie accent table in stylish painted wood sports a scalloped top —Summer of Love, anyone? —and holds four little pull-out tables, each shaped like a wedge of pie and outfitted with two shelves. The only downside is the sky-high price tag.
About $2,189; Laneventure
Unlike those crummy, frost-caked mini fridges from your dorm-room days, new under-the-counter coolers are full-fledged refrigerators, only smaller. The difference is they have separate mechanicals for the freezer, plus automatic defrost, which means you can now store ice cubes and ice cream (just not a lot). The Summit Professional AL-650 is a sleek rectangle (24 inches wide, 24 inches deep, and 32 inches high) that comes in 10 colors including red, blue, and dark green.
About $700; Summit Appliance
A sofa by day and a bed by night, a daybed is a born transformer. With three built-in drawers, John Kelly's elegant J1 Series goes a step further, acting as a storage unit. Handmade in solid cherry and featuring exposed joinery, the daybed channels both Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley.
About $3,500 with a 6-inch futon mattress and bolster pillows; John Kelly Furniture
The 18-inch Spacemaker dishwasher from GE slips into tight spaces and uses about 12 percent less energy than its wider counterparts. A stainless-steel interior resists stains and corrosion. Available in white, black and stainless steel.
About $549; GE
No place in your tiny digs to park a full-size washer and dryer? This sleek one-piece from LG is sufficiently petite to fit into a closet and handsome enough to show off under a kitchen counter. Unlike conventional dryers, the machine, which is 23 5/8 inches wide by 33 1/4 inches high by 33 13/16 inches deep, doesn't require an external venting source, a big plus for apartment dwellers. Available in white and titanium.
About $1,599-$1,699; LG Electronics
The corner sink can be a clever plumbing option in a tiny powder room or oddly shaped master bathroom. A high backsplash and curvaceous bowl give this model from Claw-foot Supply a luxurious look that belies its practicality in cramped quarters. It's 29 5/8 inches wide by 11 1/8 inches high by 26 1/2 inches deep.
About $590; Clawfoot Supply