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.
1. Foldout Desk Wall Cabinet
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.
2. Drop-Leaf Dinette
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.