The best thing you can do to make a small house work for your family is to buy furniture that actually fits in the space and is multi-functional. Small house furniture is actually much more affordable than you’d think, and most of it can be purchased on Amazon with free Prime delivery (get a free trial here and cancel before your trial expires – you’ll still get your furniture shipping free!).
These are just a few of the ideas we use in our house to make a small home work for our growing family!
Inexpensive Small House Furniture
The best thing we ever did as parents was mount our TV on the wall. Okay, maybe not the best thing, but seriously, the relief I feel from not having to constantly say “please don’t touch the TV” “no, please don’t throw that at the TV” is immeasurable. We LOVE this wall mount and couldn’t be happier.
Sectional: I’ve always loved sectionals and was pleasantly surprised to find a small sectional that fits the space perfectly!
Sofa Bed: If your living room doubles as a guest room and you’re on a tight budget, this is an awesome choice. We love the idea of a futon in a spare bedroom as well. It extends your living space to a room that would otherwise go unused or become overly cluttered and it gives a comfortable, short-term option to guests.
This low profile entertainment stand is a great option when you need storage space in your living area for TV / DVD essentials, but don’t have a ton of room to spare.
Dining / Kitchen
For a dining table, try one with a drop leaf that can shorten the table when not in use. I LOVE this one and I absolutely love the Zinus brand.
We’re about to upgrade to this farmhouse table just because I feel like 3 high chairs around our current table will be a little bit of a tight fit. I’m justifying the fact that it isn’t an expandable table because we plan to homeschool and this table will be perfect for that!
For a home that’s really short on space – or to create an office space when you have absolutely no room – I LOVE this folding table option. Folding tables give you the perfect balance of convenience and space and can be almost 100% out of the way when not in use.
Another investment you’ll be happy you made is in stackable dining chairs like these. They’re lightweight and can be moved to other rooms as needed (like when company comes) and stack neatly in a corner when not in use.
Kitchen Storage for Small Houses
When you’re short on kitchen storage space, this thing will be your best friend. It holds so much more than you’d expect AND is on wheels (like just about every other piece of furniture I love) so you can get it out of the way when it’s not in use.
I can’t overstate how much having an island has increased my productivity in the kitchen. There’s seriously something to be said for having just a little extra workspace. This one is perfect for small homes and is (shocker) on wheels.
Making a Family Bed
The one place we can’t sacrifice space is in bed. With baby number 3 on the way, we have almost outgrown our king bed already. This is the king bed we have and are in love with. We’re purchasing this full-sized bed this week to push next to our king to make our gigantic family bed that we can’t possibly outgrow.
The best part about these beds are these bedframes. They sit up nice and high and have TONS of storage underneath. We use this space for extra kids clothes and even our clothes that are currently in use. We just slide out the under bed storage, take out whatever we need, and slide the bin back. It works so well for our family and adds tons of square footage to our family bedroom.
When small bedrooms and floor space are a problem, this bed is affordable and gives you back almost all of the floor space you lose with a bed.
We bedshare, but this crib is an awesome low profile option for families who want their space.
What are your tips for purchasing small house furniture – especially for families with little ones? Let me know in the comments!