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    29 Things People With Small Apartments Actually Use

    Furniture, organization products, and more that'll make your space feel bigger.

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    1. A toilet paper stocker perfect for anyone who doesn't have any storage space for extra rolls. This discreetly stores them and ensures that you'll never be SOL and stuck without toilet paper.

    White rectangle holder with a small square cut out in the bottom left corner, revealing rolls of toilet paper inside
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I really love it. Living in a shoebox in NY, I constantly look for storage solutions. This design is incredible. It takes up so little footprint and fits perfectly between the toilet bowl and the wall, and is very functional. I hate having to go to the deli store to get a couple of rolls of toilet paper at a time. Now I can get 12 rolls at a time, though if you get the larger rolls, they won't come through the hole on the bottom. You will have to retrieve the larger rolls by removing the top, which is not a big deal. I put a wonderful Olavie diffuser and body scrub on the top, and it looks really nice. It's a must-have for any small apartment living!" —Ken H

    Get it from Amazon for $42.98.

    2. A four-in-one folding ottoman sleeper that easily changes from an ottoman, to a lounger, to a twin bed, so you don't have to worry about keeping an air mattress in your limited storage space for guests.

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    Promising review: "I am very impressed with this ottoman. I live in a small apartment in NY with absolutely no storage or closet space, so I'm always looking for functional furniture and alternatives to air mattresses because I have nowhere to put them! This ottoman arrived quickly and assembled. It goes from ottoman, to chair, to lounger, to twin bed. It's very sturdy. I am 5-foot-7 and weigh 215 lbs. I was able to fit in this perfectly. The cushioning is very firm, so I bought a mattress topper for when guests have to sleep on it. Also, the linen-like material looks to be very durable, but not comfortable (think outdoor furniture material). However, I will not be using this for anything more than the ottoman and occasional bed, so that is not an issue for me, but if you are going to use this as a place to sit on a daily basis, I suggest getting the suede version of this. All in all. This product exceeded my expectations, and I think it is definitely worth the money." —Denise Baez

    Get it from Amazon for $369.99 (available in eight colors).

    3. A floating bedside drawer you attach to the wall next to your bed so you have a place to keep your phone, book, and glasses at night *plus* ample room around the bed to make it feel bigger.

    Rectangle white wood drawer with a light brown wood top attached to the wall next to the bed with a book, coffee cup, and vase on it
    Urbansize / Etsy

    Urbansize is a small family-owned business making furniture to help maximize space in the room from London, United Kingdon since 2015. This bedside table is made from 100% beechwood.

    Promising review: "We love our new shelves! We're using them as nightstands in our tiny apartment, and they work great!! Shipping was also extremely fast coming from the UK to Texas, US." —Ali

    Get it from Urbansize on Etsy for $123.59+ (available in small and large and in all white or with an oak top).

    4. A baker's rack designed with a countertop, two large shelves, one small shelf, and a bar with four hooks that'll transform your kitchen and make it feel less like you're cooking in a shoebox.

    Reviewer photo of the baker's rack filled with kitchen products and a microwave, showing how much it can actually store
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This thing is perfect, OK? I've got a studio apartment and don't really have a lot of room to work with. I had absolutely NO counter space, so this baking rack saved my life. I've got more room for groceries and plenty of prep space for getting food ready. You can fit a coffee pot, some containers of spices, and still have the vast majority of the space left over for prep space. The storage underneath is adjustable, so you can make the space between the lower and highest level larger or smaller. You easily could put a microwave on the bottom shelves and store other larger kitchen appliances." —Homeboy Gotcha

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in four styles).

    5. An ottoman with a secret — it's got places to store your shoes so they don't clutter the ground or your closet! Plus, this also functions as a comfy seat.

    Circular faux-leather ottoman with the tufted lid next to it and striped fabric cubbies with shoes in inside of it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is beautiful, unexpectedly! It looks much more expensive, and the storage space inside is ample. Living in a smaller-sized apartment, I find this is a perfect medium-sized ottoman. It's not too small as to be useless and not too large as to eat up the whole room. I bought the white one. Also, it is sturdy enough to sit on and to put your drinks or books on. The seaming is slightly off, but to an untrained eye, this will go unnoticed. This is truly a great buy!" —Lady

    Get it from Amazon for $94.99 (available in eight colors).

    6. A ceramic nonstick cookware set that comes with magnetic pot holders and a canvas lid holder so you can instantly organize the set and keep it from taking over your whole kitchen.

    The four pants in green in the rack in a cabinet with the lid holder with the green lids in the slots hanging on the door
    Food52

    The set includes a fry pan, sauce pan and lid, sauté pan and lid, Dutch oven and lid, plus a magnetic pan racks and a canvas lid holder.

    Promising review: "This set is incredible. The nonstick works perfectly. The potholder allows us to store these in as compact of an area as possible, which is important because of our small apartment in LA. We love the look and end up leaving one pan on the stove just because it looks so nice that it adds a premium feel to our space. Highly recommend!" —Connor D.

    Get it from Caraway Home or Food52 for $395 (originally $495; available in five colors).

    7. A three-tier rolling metal storage cart small enough that it can fit in any corner or even a closet and keep everything — including art, cleaning, and beauty supplies neatly together.

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    Promising review: "I got this cart to have some extra beauty storage in my tiny apartment. I wanted to be able to wheel out the cart from my closet and easily put it back. This cart was easy to assemble (had to push down hard on the shelves to get them on but other than that it was easy). It is sturdy. Most importantly, I have fairly thick carpet and wasn't sure how well the wheels would do on the carpet. To my pleasant surprise, the wheels are fairly large and move smoothly over the carpet. I am happy with this product. Note, it isn't tall. So if you're looking for something that you don't have to lean for — you may want to find a taller cart." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in white and blue).

    8. A compact metal dish rack and microfiber mat set that won't take up all your precious counter space but still give you ample room to let your dishes dry. Plus, when you're not using it, it can easily be stored in the cabinet under the sink.

    Reviewer picture of the small dish drying rack with the black mat under it with assorted dishes in it next to a sink
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We've just downsized from a 2,000-square-foot house to a 1,071-square-foot apartment. This is great for our smaller counter space to put all of those things that we use daily, so don't want to put in the dishwasher. This holds plates, bowls, silverware, etc. I love it!" —J. Williams

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99.

    9. A two-shelf wood floor lamp to add some light to the room and give you a place to store your favorite little trinkets. When the room is small, multipurpose furniture will help a lot.

    The square two-tier wood shelf with a light at the top
    Target

    Promising review: "I put the lamp together by myself in less than 30 minutes armed with a screwdriver and a bottle of wine. It looks amazing in my small apartment and provides the perfect amount of light for a cozy reading corner or a movie night. The light wood color is extremely elegant and holds the perfect amount of trinkets without looking crowded. When taking off the stickers that warn of weight limits — go slowly. I got too excited when I ripped mine off and took some of the paint off." —samcg

    Get it from Target for $55 (available in light wood and white, brown and black, and with or without an energy efficient light bulb).

    10. A slide-out storage tower so you can ~squeeze~ the most out of your kitchen even if you have less cabinet space than you thought was even possible.

    Reviewer pic of the three-tier skinny storage tower with assorted kitchen products in between a stove and fridge
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This storage tower is awesome and such a space-saver. I live in a small apartment with little cabinet space, so I used this tower for my spices right in between my stove and refrigerator. It was also the easiest thing to assemble (no tools required)!" —S.J.

    Get it from Amazon for $30.18 (available in 3- and 5-tier and in black and white).

    11. A folding laptop table that looks so nice you might not even want to fold it up and store it in a closet when you're done working. (But you totally can if you need that extra space.)

    Reviewer pic of the desk with wood top and metal legs in a room
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Once I started to work from home full-time, I needed a desk to fit in my small apartment. This desk does the job — small, lightweight, easy to assemble. Now that I have been using it for 2+ months, I feel like It could've been deeper since I have a 34-inch monitor and using a laptop in front of it (to type). I have scooted my monitor to hang two inches off of the back and using the wall to help hold the monitor up and in place. This desk would be PERFECT if it was a little deeper, but overall, it's an awesome desk." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $105.88.

    12. A set of three nestling trays you can use individually or together to stash important things, such as keys and glasses, because sometimes the smallest things make the biggest difference.

    Rounded rectangle trays stacked within each other in three sizes in dark blue, light blue, and beige with a watch and AirPods case sitting in them
    Open Spaces

    Promising review: "These trays might seem simple, but the moment you set them onto your table and put your items into them, you get a feeling that they were just what your room was missing. I put everyday household items like my keys, wallet, and remote into them, and feel that they give me a sense of organization, especially in a small apartment. I definitely plan to buy it again." —Michael K.

    Get the set of three from Open Spaces for $42.

    13. A set of magnetic glass spice jars worth the investment because you can stick them to the side of your fridge and easily grab the cumin when the recipe you're making calls for it.

    Reviewer pic of a number of glass spice jars stuck to the side of a fridge
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am in love with my magnetic spice jars! I recently moved to a small apartment and don't have the counter or wall space to store spices or a spice rack, so magnetic jars it was! I love how these have a decorative feel while providing a secure way to store the spices. Unlike other magnetic spice jars I feel that these add an extra flair to displaying your assorted spices" —rae.m.wri

    Get a set of 10 small jars from Amazon for $50 (also available in 24 small jars, 12 large jars, and 24 large jars).

    14. A sofa table skinny enough to not take up a ton of space but still add some life to any room — from the entryway or even behind the couch.

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    Promising review: "I purchased this for my tiny apartment, and it is perfect. I placed two canvas hampers under it for extra storage and am really happy with the result. It's very sturdy. Great item for the price." —Ametrine60

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99 (available in light and dark brown and in two styles).

    15. A velvet L-shaped sectional you'll be able to lounge and relax on without feeling like it's taking over your entire living room.

    A blue velvet sectional couch with an l-like shape in a living room
    Sabai Design / Via instagram.com

    Sabai Design is a Black woman-owned small business that makes beautiful furniture using sustainable products and ethical manufacturing. The velvet fabric they use is made of 100% recycled water bottles. You can customize this sectional to make it fit your space. For example, the chaise extension on this sectional can be set up on either side.

    Promising review: "I was in the market for a new couch, wanted to both support an ethically sourced/sustainable company but also a POC company if possible. Stumbled upon Sabai and was immediately in love! I have a fairly small apartment and other couches from places like West Elm were just not the size I needed, this couch is such a great size for my space and as someone who has only ever lived with one or two other people max. I cannot emphasize how happy I am with the couch." —Miranda Briseño

    Get it from Sabai Design for $1,395 (available in seven fabric options and two leg options).

    16. A two-tier expandable shelf specifically designed to fit under your sink to utilize all that wasted space so you can organize and hide away more toiletries and cleaning supplies.

    Reviewer pic of before and after putting the shelf in the cabinet under the sink. On the left, disorganized supplies everywhere and on the right, the same supplies now organized nicely with even more on the three differently-sized shelves
    amazon.com

    It expands from 15 to 25 inches.

    Promising review: "This product worked perfectly for my needs. I love in a small apartment and need all the space I can get. This was easy to put together and adapts to the usable space under my sink. Great stuff!" —Jack Kiely

    Get it from Amazon for $21.87 (available in silver and bronze).

    17. A six-shelf wall-mount bookcase with a minimalist design to help you ~maximize~ your space, so even if you stuff it full with books, plants, trinkets, or even shoes, it won't look like a cluttered mess that makes the room feel smaller.

    Reviewer pic of the six-tier bookshelf with light brown wood shelves and white rods attached to the wall with books and trinks on the top four shelves and assorted shoes and accessories on the bottom shelves
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I simply love the bookcase. It is perfect for the room and allowed me (finally) to organize some of the books I have. I live in a studio apartment, space is limited, but this is a great solution, especially because it looks so light and minimal. It looks very solid and a good quality for the price. I really recommend this purchase. It is super easy to assemble." —Ylenia

    Get it from Amazon for $181.62 (available in 16 colors and styles).

    18. A two-tier entertainment stand for anyone to store both their record player and vinyl collection in a compact way that's still incredibly easy to use.

    Reviewer pic of the brown wood two-tier stand with black wire slots in the middle holding vinyl records and a record player on top
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is the perfect size for my small apartment! It doesn't fit all my albums underneath because I have a large collection. But it's perfect for anyone looking for something that fits in a small space." —meeshels

    Get it from Amazon for $65.45 (available in four colors).

    19. A foldable kitchen island cart you can keep stored away in a closet until you're cooking and need a place to chop veggies that isn't the counter where all your other ingredients are.

    Amazon

    Plus, it will be easy to move whenever you decide to leave your tiny space!

    Promising review: "I have a tiny apartment with even tinier kitchen, so that means I needed something like this! It's just big enough to provide a decent workspace without overwhelming my tiny apartment. Plus, since it's on wheels, it can be tucked away when not in use, which is a bonus! The wood top has been varnished or lacquered, so it can't be used as a cutting surface, but that's OK, I just put my favorite cutting board on top of it, and it's all good!" —mperryckdcbd

    Get it from Amazon for $143 (available in four colors).

    20. A customizable sofette with seven different ways you can change it to fit your style and the size of your home, from the configuration, to the pillow shape, and even the upholstery.

    The two-cushion sofette in blue weave with dark brown legs
    Inside Weather

    Promising review: "I have a TINY apartment in San Francisco, and I struggled to find a small sofa that was actually cute, comfortable, and small enough to fit in my studio. I designed a sofette, and the sizing is perfect! It’s petite and still has a really clean, modern style. Two can sit comfortably, and it’s perfect me to sprawl out and lounge in. Super happy with it!" —Amy L.

    Get it from Inside Weather for $1,098 (originally $2,086).

    21. A four-bar behind-the-door towel rack great for anyone with roommates and not nearly enough space to hang things in the bathroom. With this slim design, you can fit all your towels behind the door and easily grab yours when you take a shower.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This towel rack is perfect for small apartment bathrooms. It installs easily and takes up basically no extra room as it sits discreetly behind the door. Holds up to four heavy bath towels leaving the wall bar for floor mats or washcloths. I definitely recommend this for anyone looking for space-saver ideas." —M McVicker

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in chrome and white).

    22. An over-the-cabinet bag holder perfect for the mountain of plastic bags that you've somehow all accumulated instead of just stuffing them in a closet and hoping for the best. 🤷🏻‍♀️

    The metal mesh bag holder attached to the inside of a cabinet with a number of plastic bags inside
    Amazon

    This holds up to 60 plastic bags and comes with a removable hanger so you can put it over the door or attach it to the cabinet.

    Promising review: "We love this! We live in an apartment in New York City and storage is always a nightmare, but we need our bags. This hangs neatly inside the cabinet underneath the sink. The clear hooks make it look modern and undetectable from the outside." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

    23. A set of two nesting tables designed so one fits under the other, meaning you can use them as side tables or even a small coffee table, depending on what works best for your space (or how you're feeling that week since they can be moved easily).

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I was surprised by how simple the assembly was! I am a young woman with very little experience assembling furniture, and this was a total breeze. I also enjoy how lightweight these are, yet I am impressed with their quality. They seem quite sturdy, and they fit well in my small apartment. What a unique look!" —Carolyn

    Get them from Amazon for $44.99.

    24. A five-position, six-hook rack so all your cleaning tools (i.e. mops, brooms, etc.) are nice and orderly. They'll also take up less space hanging neatly on the wall instead of in the corner of a closet.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I have a small apartment and the broom closet was always a mess: the brooms would hit me in the face whenever I took the trash out. This holder saved me so much stress! The slots have little rollers that can move to fit just about any size mop or broom, and there are also little hooks that can drop down if you want to hold towels or the dust pan, which is what I use them for. This is a must-have organizational tool!" —Jacqui Nibbelin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    25. An entryway coat and shoe rack great for anyone not #blessed with a coat closet. This simple thing has places for you to hang up coats, hats, purses, and bags, plus shelves to store your shoes so your doorway isn't a hot mess.

    Reviewer pic of the black metal coat and shoe rack with assorted backpacks on the hooks and assorted shoes and helmets on the three racks
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am SO GLAD I got this! It is totally worth the money. We live in a tiny shoebox apartment where our front door opens between the stove and kitchen sink. We have a tiny little 3-foot wide space between the door (while shut) and the edge of the sink. This fits against the wall in that space. It's shallow enough to not cause any issues opening the door. It was quick and easy to assemble with simple instructions. I love that it has three shelves for shoes and two rows of coat hooks. It seems perfectly sturdy enough, the metal doesn't bend. It's perfect." —NavyWife2012

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99.

    26. A three-tier hook hanger because accessories (especially purses) are some of the hardest things to keep orderly, right? This magic device is basically six (or more!) hangers in one.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    Promising review: "I just moved into a tiny apartment and needed a space-saving way to store my bags in my closet without creasing them. This hanging rack is perfect! My backpacks, big totes, and small purses all fit, and the rack itself seems very sturdy. Plus, each hook is pretty wide, meaning multiple bags can be hung on one hook. Great item for the price!" —CSG

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in six styles).

    27. A lift-top coffee table with a hidden storage compartment so you can hide away all the random magazines and catalogs you've been sent in the mail that end up making the room feel more cluttered than it actually is.

    The brown coffee table with a shelf at the bottom and thick inner area with the top lifted up, with a laptop on top, showing how you can use it as a workstation
    Amazon

    Plus, you can use it as a workstation and table to eat at, so it's essentially three pieces of furniture in one.

    Promising review: "This table was exactly what I was looking for! I just moved into a very small apartment and this was the perfect combination of a coffee table/ Desk/ dinner table for one and a little storage space. I can open it up every evening to have dinner and use my laptop and while I have guests over I can put away my laptop and other small unnecessary items away and it looks great! I did assemble this by myself which was a little difficult but possible if you have someone to help DO IT." —Janet Santiesteban

    Get it from Amazon for $128.99.

    28. A shower curtain with pockets that may look a little strange, but if you don't have any storage space in your bathroom or shower, this will keep everything right where you need it so you don't end up knocking down every single bottle when you turn around in the shower.

    Clear shower curtain with nine pockets of different sizes all over with assorted bathroom accessories in them
    Amazon

    Plus, it can be used as both a shower curtain (facing out) or a shower liner (facing in).

    Promising review: "I ordered this, set it up, and immediately fell in love. I live in a cramped little apartment I share with several other girls. There's almost no space for any of my personal bath stuff, and I also knock over a lot of my roommates' stuff in the process of getting in. I let the girls know they were free to put their stuff in too, and about a week or so later everyone had migrated their stuff in the curtain! It holds well, keeps items dry, and clears space in your shower so it feels a little calmer and more soothing. I honestly love this thing, and it's held up pretty well. I've had it a couple of months so far, and I foresee this lasting for a good amount of time." —g. castro

    Get it from Amazon for $15.

    29. And a three-piece table set with stools that fit under the table to take up less space when you're not using it.

    Reviewer pic of the tall table in brown with a marble-like top and two stools under it, also in brown
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just moved into a small apartment with no dining room and not enough room in the kitchen for a table. This was a perfect answer. The table looks nice enough to be included in the living room and small enough to create a dedicated dining space. This was priced great and arrived so quickly and was very well-packaged — no dents, dings, scratches, etc. I'm a single, slightly-built senior and had no problems getting this assembled by myself. Easy and fast. All pieces were marked, holes pre-drilled, hardware all fit. I love the real wood — looks like a much more expensive piece of furniture than the cost would imply. It appears quite sturdy with no wobble stools — the table legs may eventually require some reinforcement if I move it around a lot, but that's just inherent with the clean design. I truly could not be happier." —Tally

    Get it from Amazon for $94.75 (available in four colors).

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