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The Easiest Way to Double Your Living Space? Foldaway Furniture

From beds to tables to bookshelves, all of these pieces magically fold up and save you loads of space. 

By Patricia Cunningham
Folding sofa

Many of us pine for a little more space in our lives — a bigger kitchen, more room for guests, a dedicated office. But while a full home upgrade might not be in the immediate cards, there is a way to grow a little extra space in your life without ever having to knock down a wall or go hunting for a new house: folding furniture. 

Today there are numerous foldaway options for most furniture categories. And we’re not talking metal cart tables and chairs and clunky futons. These furnishings are still super stylish and on trend; they just give you the benefit of folding them away when not in use, if you so choose.  

We’ve rounded up an assortment of folding furniture items that are both beautifully stylish and ingeniously designed. Your living space is about to feel so much bigger. 

Folding Metal Bookshelf


This sleek metal bookshelf flattens out when not needed and expands to hold your books, plants, and odds and ends.  

Colloquial Terai Folding Chair

Folding Chair

A huge step up from your everyday folding chair, these upholstered chairs come in an array of lovely prints and are made from sturdy rosewood. But be warned, they just might be too pretty to put in a closet. 

Printed Room Divider Screen

Screen Divider

No guest room, no problem. Create a private space for guests (or wall off your own sleeping area in a shared apartment) with this chicly patterned room divider. It’s available in multiple print styles. 

Basic Two-Seat Papasan Chair

Papasan chair

This collapsible papasan chair always provides extra seating for friends. Now you have no excuse for not throwing a party. It's tufted for comfort and machine washable.  

Foldable Kitchen Island Bar Cart

Foldable cart

Kitchen island, bar cart, makeshift sous chef station? There’s nothing this kitchen cart can’t do. Best of all, you can collapse it and put it away when it’s not needed.  

Gold Folding Tray Table

Tray table

This stylish gold-tone tray table features a removable tray top and folding base — it’s an ideal cocktail party accessory.  

Alidade Mid-Century Modern Drop Leaf Dining Table


This drop leaf dining table has options, and it expands to double its size. It also scores a few extra points for its cute midcentury look.  

Andersonville Solid Wood Floating Desk

Folding Desk

This desk looks like a basic wall cabinet, but open it up and it transforms into a pull-down desk with hinged legs. Inside, it features two adjustable shelves, a corkboard, and a mail organizer.  

Lower Weston Murphy Bed

Murphy Bed

A Murphy bed is foldaway furniture nirvana. This sleek bed masquerades as a four-door cabinet until it folds out to reveal a mattress. 

Steel Patio Bistro Set

Bistro Set

This adorable bistro set comes in a range of bright colors. Not only does it have a petite footprint when it's in use, the table and chairs completely fold down when you need to tuck it away. 

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