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IKEA has its place in the average apartment dweller’s life, to be sure, but there’s a lot to be said for investing in one (or three) well-designed, durable furniture items. That’s especially true in small spaces, where beautiful, multi-functional pieces can have an outsized impact. To that end, Curbed has rounded up 21 compact items, from stackable stools to tables with hidden compartments, beds that turn into desks, desks that turn into wardrobes, all manner of shelving, and more.
One of our favorites is the Fanfan (above), a humanoid-looking “dressing table” with two mirrors (one for when you’re standing, another for sitting), which leans against a wall to save space. It’s also useful for those times your morning schedule overlaps with your roommate’s, and you can’t get in front of the bathroom mirror.
Another standout is the Cabinet-desk: When closed, it looks almost like a thick sawhorse (albeit in eye-popping blue), and when open, it’s a desk with built-in lights, electrical outlets, and shelves (see photo above).
Meanwhile, Curbed is running an entire week of coverage on “micro-dwellings,” which is worth checking out, even if you don’t have to squeeze into 300 square feet.