10 Smart Space-Saving Tables
These clever furniture pieces pack big functionality into small packages
Here at This Old House, we've got a soft spot for folding, expandable, and multifunctional furniture—even better if it's got built-in storage. Why live with a bulky desk when you can free up floor space with one that folds out from a wall cabinet lined with cubbies and a corkboard? Or settle for any old ottoman when there's a storage cube that, with the flip of its lid, turns into a cocktail table? If you're short on square footage—or even if you're not—consider these seven tables that change shape, tuck away, offer hidden storage, or do some combination of all three.
Size: 22"W 6"D 32"H (closed); 30"W 20"D; 28¾"H (desk)
Made of: Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) with birch veneer
Try it: In a kitchen, laundry, or playroom for bill paying, Web surfing, or crafting with kids. This clever workspace folds into a cabinet outfitted with pockets (perfect for idea-file fodder!), adjustable shelves, and a corkboard.
$230; World Market
Size: 36"W 54"D 29"H (extended)
Made of: Painted plantation wood
Try it: To handle breakfast-bar overflow. This gateleg dinner table expands from its console-size 7-inch-wide design to seat six.
$549; Society Social
Size: 22"W 14"D 18"H (large); 16½"W 12"D 16½"H (medium); 11"W 11"D 16"H (small)
Made of: Solid Malaysian rubberwood
Try it: Alongside an armchair or a sofa, and pull out the smaller pieces for guests when entertaining.
Size: 12"W 20"D 26¼"H
Made of: Solid birch with a walnut finish
Try it: Paired with a comfy reading chair. Its narrow built-in magazine rack holds issues, while a hidden pull-out shelf keeps a mug of coffee handy.
$239; Ballard Designs
Size: 52"W 28"D 28"H (extended)
Made of: MDF and ash veneer
Try it: For snacking—or dining—in front of the TV. A lift mechanism raises the table 10 inches to perfect noshing height. It doubles as a desk, too. Stow supplies in two drawers: large items in the base, small ones in the top.
$499; Z Gallerie
Size: 50⅜"W 16⅞"D 31⅞"H
Made of: Solid birch, birch veneer, particleboard, and fiberboard
Try it: To keep a laptop under lock and key in the drawer, then pull out the work surface for a perfect homework station.
Size: 18"W 18"D 17"H
Made of: Beech upholstered in linen
Try it: To store cards, games, or an extra throw. Then flip the lid on this cube to take it from footrest to drink station; just place the tray nested inside on top.
When floor space is at a premium, seek out storage solutions that make the most of every square foot and help keep clutter under control.
Wine-rack table: This dark-stained side table from Winsome Wood has an oval top for resting a glass, and an integrated 8-bottle rack below to keep vino at the ready.
$43; Stacks and Stacks
No room for both an entry table and a place to perch? Try Wildon Home's storage bench with a trio of drawers under its seat. Stash scarves and other accessories out of sight, and have a spot to sit when putting on shoes.