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We Found the Perfect Furniture Picks for Your Small Space

Invest in these must-haves and transform your home

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Photography: Gio Oliva

With more stores offering customized pieces, compact options, and a variety of accessories that make the most of the tiniest of spaces, it can be hard to narrow down your picks. Since we all want to spend our budget wisely without sacrificing the home’s overall look, we sourced for multipurpose pieces that can improve the different areas at home. Check them out below:

1. Clear nesting tables

In a tiny living area, having nesting tables can go a long way. Depending on the look you have in mind, you can use it as a center table or as a side table. With minimal gaps between the three acrylic pieces, place it in the middle of the living area and set up a vignette of plants and scented candles.

Tired of this look? Retain two pieces in the middle to hold your plant and a catchall for tiny accessories. Position the last piece beside your sofa to hold magazines and books.

VISO Clear Nesting Tables, P16,800

2. Occasional table with storage

To avoid clutter, it's best to choose pieces with hidden storage space. The tables shown above can help you store throws, pillows, and even magazines. You can use the surface on top to showcase your favorite decor and accessories, too—talk about hitting two birds with one stone!

Does your living area need a bit of a style boost? Inject warmth and a subtle tropical touch into your home by flipping the lid. The underside with wood grain detail can serve as a backdrop for blooms and pieces in zesty colors.

BLYTH Occasional Table with Storage, P8,995 (48cm x 43cm) | P7,995 (40cm x 60cm)

3. Comfy and compact sofa bed

Those who live in studio units can entertain friends during daytime and sleep soundly at night with a fabric sofa bed. Carve out an instant living area by using the two-seat piece as focal point. Add nesting tables or a storage ottoman in the middle to hold catchalls and a few decor pieces. When it's time for bed, move the tables to the side and unfold the sofa bed into a cozy cocoon for a good night's rest.

RL Tip: Liven up a grey sofa bed with colorful pillows and throws in bold colors.

BOSCO 2-seat Fabric Sofa in Grey, price available upon request

4. Slim bookcase

Aside from wall-mounted shelves that help you control clutter and display a few accessories, a slim freestanding bookcase may come in handy in small spaces, too. Place it against a wall and it can hold decor, books, and magazines. Recently moved into a tiny unit? You can use it as divider! Set up your shelf in the middle of two nooks to define one area from another.

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CLEO Large Bookcase, P35,500

5. Desk with compartments

You're not the only one who is guilty of having a cluttered work desk at home. While we can always embrace organized chaos (especially if it works for you!), it's still important to keep the different parts of your space spic-and-span. When shopping for a desk, choose one that has secret compartments. These hidden nooks provide enough storage for pens, chargers, and other essentials—helping you get organized in a snap.

BECKETT Large Oak and Leather Desk, price available upon request

6. Cabinet with extendable tray

We can't stress it enough—storage plays a huge role in tiny homes. If you're low on floor space, a smart cabinet is your best bet. The piece above allows you to store various home essentials while giving you a table that can serve as a reading nook or as a work desk. Pair it with a sleek folding chair and you're good to go.

RL Tip: Expecting guests? Push the table gently to the side, fold your chair, and store it behind the cabinet to create the needed space to accommodate your visitors.

DOGO Cabinet with Extendable Tray Table by Habitat Design Studio, P45,800

All items are available at Habitat Manila, 5th Avenue and 28th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. For more information, call (02) 887-5247 or e-mail hello[at]habitat.com.ph.

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