When people think of the advantages of convertible furniture, space-saving is typically the first thing to come to mind. And while that is a distinct advantage of pieces that serve many uses, the ultimate benefit is being able to enjoy your space — no matter how big or small — to its fullest potential.
Choosing a home furnishing is a big decision. It's one you quite literally must live with for the foreseeable future. Basic convertible pieces like an ottoman with storage only just scratch the surface of multipurpose pieces.
Modern convertible pieces are certainly space-savers. But they are also chic, well-built additions that double as conversational items that will be enjoyed for years. Move over, wall-mounted iron boards. Both bespoke in design and functionality, today’s convertible furnishings are transformative in more ways than one.
11 Convertible Furniture Ideas
Here are 11 ideas to help you turn your home into the practical AND stylish place you've been dreaming of!
Functional and practical don’t equate to being ho-hum. The Organic Swing is a convertible furnishing that allows you to customize your relaxation time. The versatility of the Organic Swing makes it the perfect hangout spot at home.
Its interchangeable seat backs can be configured into multiple different seating arrangement combinations. This allows you to change the look and experience each time you use it. It’s a modern take on a traditional wooden porch swing that can be easily reconfigured into a face-to-face conversation space. It can even be used as an indoor swing.
Made from bald cypress wood, the Organic Swing has an unbeatable combination of natural beauty and remarkable strength that withstand the elements and insects. Plus, the swing can be mounted either outdoors or indoors.
If you think of a Murphy bed as a flimsy contraption, think again. Fold-down wall beds have long been used to make singular spaces multifunctional. Today’s modern Lori Bed takes chic space savings to the next level.
Transform an underused room into a cool lounge, personal workout room, or functional home office with a Murphy bed. The sky's the limit.
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A rarely occupied guest room, for example, can quickly transform into an open space for a family room or reading nook when not in use by overnight guests. Instead of using the force of springs or pistons, the Lori Bed can be lifted and lowered by hand using your and your lifting partner's strength.
The Lori Bed offers shelf storage when the bed is in the upright position. These shelves could hold a TV or iPad for streaming your favorite shows.
One of the greatest advantages of choosing a Lori Bed, especially for those with an eye for design, is the ability to customize its look. The company has pre-finished models that tie into any color scheme in beautifully-finished real wood.
We talk more about the benefits of multifunctional, convertible furniture like wall beds in this article.
Artwork to Table
This table is a true work of art. The New Zealand-based company Living with Jack created a table and chair set that discreetly folds up into a vibrant piece of wall art, allowing you to have an airy open floor plan and a space for entertaining.
The Snap Jack set uses precision-fitted magnets to secure the table in both the open and closed positions. The set is available in a natural finish or with a stunning print from notable aerosol and stencil artist FLOX.
Made in New Zealand from sustainable birch ply and finished with a hard clear lacquer, the lightweight and super strong table and chair set folds up on the wall to a total thickness of 54mm.
Mid-Century Storage Bench
Modern style meets never-goes-out-of-style functionality is where you’ll find this Mid-Century Storage Bench. It’s a timeless look for an entryway, mudroom, or anywhere (think mail sorting, shoe tying, laundry folding) you’d want to kick off your shoes and keep your keys in a spot you’ll remember.
Made with kiln-dried solid eucalyptus wood and engineered wood with an Acacia wood veneer, it's easy to wipe clean with a soft, dry cloth. (Pro Tip: To protect its finish, avoid the use of chemicals or household cleaners).
Having a formal dining room set is a luxury that can seem out of reach for small-space living. Eating at the kitchen island or around the TV may be fine for most evenings at home, but a full-size dining table is still a necessity when hosting dinner parties and gatherings.
Enter the Holly & Martin Driness Dining Table.
The convertible gate leg table serves as an everyday console, desk, or ledge but expands to double its size to comfortably seat four to six guests for a special occasion.
A multifunctional dream come true for small spaces, this two-in-one table is both practical and on-trend thanks to its modern clean lines and the weathered gray with white finish.
Ottoman with Tray
Plush ottomans with storage are a classic space-saver, but this storage ottoman on Vurni.com stands out for its functionality.
Store cozy blankets and pillows inside the ottoman, and then when it’s time for a snow day, flip the lid to reveal a wooden tray that’s got just enough space for a snack and some hot cocoa. You can even score some extra brownie points by using the tray to deliver your sweetheart breakfast in bed.
When not using the lid or storage feature, the ottoman makes for a comfortable bench in your entryway. Bonus: The ottoman-bench is foldable, so easy to store when not in use.
3-in-1 Billiards Table
Your house is about to become the spot for dinner and game nights with family and friends.
Stylish, practical, and straight-up fun, The Atomic Hampton 3-in-1 is a billiard board, table tennis, and dining set. When the meal is finished simply remove or flip over the dining top to instantly convert the table to a full-size billiard board or table tennis table and start playing!
Plus, all the accessories for each game are included in the two upholstered storage benches, which double as seating.
Wooden Scandi-Style Crib/Toddler Bed
Kids grow up so fast. Wouldn't it be nice if they had convertible furniture that grew with them?
The Lolly crib from AllModern grows with your baby. The clever design easily transitions from crib to toddler bed. Plus, its four adjustable mattress positions allow you to lower the mattress height as the baby learns to sit and stand for safety.
This solid New Zealand pine wood crib with playful accents and a gently curving white frame is the perfect addition to a contemporary gender-neutral nursery. Made with eco-friendly materials and non-toxic paint, the Lolly is a go-to choice for parents who appreciate style and safety.
Fold Down Mirror
It’s hard to tell the transformative nature of the Specchio Table at first glance. The modern, wall-mounted table with clean lines lifts up to unveil a full-length mirror.
At a generous 54" long, the table easily lifts up when it’s not in use. The front legs of the Specchio Table are hidden within the mirror frame, and no hardware is exposed, making a chic and well-made space-saver.
A full kitchen is hard to come by in a small space, which makes this Dizz Concept fold-out kitchen such a game-change. Featured on Love Property, this hideaway kitchen is an ideal choice for a modern, minimalist apartment.
The sleek grey unit sits close to the wall and features a flat-screen TV and storage niche. But what’s inside this piece of convertible furniture is the true show-stopper. The unit includes a dishwasher, fridge, oven, integrated cooker hood, LED lighting, and cabinets.
The fold-out kitchen is a genius way to create distinctive spaces in one living area.
You have never seen a table quite like the SWING by German Smart Living. With a single movement, the piece can be transformed from an elegant table to a stylish shelf without moving or dropping a single item.
Made from high-quality materials in Germany, the innovative design is ideal for a bar cart or herb garden. Plus, its recessed rollers make it easy to move around the room.
Function and form make great partners in your quest to maximize your cozy space. The perfect example of this is the Lori Bed and Organic Swing.
These convertible furniture options are not only chic and clever, but they’ll also give you the extra space you desire.
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This article was updated in 2022.