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22 Convertible Furniture Finds That Will Help Your Space Do It ALL

Has a quaran-second even passed if you haven’t seen the phrase the new normal at least thrice? Our short answer: likely not. Such is life in the year 2020 where, contrary to what it suggests, our new normal doesn’t provide much newness at all. We’ve been relegated to carry on working, eating, exercising, and grasping at something vaguely akin to what we once called a social life all in the same 550-square-foot apartment. So, for the sake of our dwindling sanities, we culled together a list of our favorite forms of convertible furniture in order to open things up and introduce some real newness into our normals. Apparently, the fact that we’ve suddenly found ourselves in need of a home office set-up does not equate to us having actual space for the sprawling vintage desk plus premium ergonomic chair. Nor does it mean we’ll be enjoying the shared meals with our roommates at the coffee-turned-dining-room table while all three take simultaneous Zoom calls. Luckily, the finds we sourced ahead are all designed to make any small space as fluidly adaptable to whatever kind of new normal is thrown our way: from sleeper sofas and shelf-desks to collapsable stools and rolling carts. Scroll on to discover the best multi-purpose home buys we could wrangle up out there in the Wild Wild Web. At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. All product details reflect the price and availability at the time of publication. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.Urban Outfitters Rooney Entryway Storage MirrorIt’s a mirror! A hanging planter! Coat storage! A shoe rack! And whether you use it as foyer organization, a bedroom staple, or sitting room decor, it’s as aesthetically pleasing as it is handy.   Urban Outfitters Rooney Entryway Storage Mirror, $, available at Urban OutfittersWest Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee TableThis coffee-table-turned-desk transformer is a godsend for when working cross-legged on your living room floor gets…tired. Plus, the elevated platform doubles as a supplementary dining surface, too. West Elm Mid-Century Pop-Up Storage Coffee Table, $, available at West ElmSociety6 Primary Colors Folding StoolNot only is this vibrant statement stool uniquely designed by talented independent artist, Kalypso Harvey, but it also happens to be water-resistant and fold-up-able (which means storage couldn’t be easier). Use it as transportable park seating, a footrest, or add a tray and use it as an accent table, plant stand — or, drag it up onto the kitchen counter for a DIY standing desk extension. KalypsoHarvey Primary colors Folding Stool, $, available at Society6Latitude Run Fairbank Sofa BedThis convertible sectional sleeper sofa bears no resemblance to a futon. But, lo and behold, it folds out into a dreamy sleep space with bonus storage to boot.Latitude Run Fairbank Sofa Bed, $, available at WayfairAllModern Loni Upholstered Flip Top Storage BenchUse your bench/footstool/chair to its fullest potential and stuff it with linens, blankets, and other items you’re not *totally* certain where to hide. AllModern Loni Upholstered Flip Top Storage Bench, $, available at AllModernEbern Designs Adreina Floating DeskAs it stands, 2020’s most practical dilemma involves requiring an at-home desk and objectively lacking the space for said fixture. Hence: This wall-mounted piece, designed to take up as little space as, well, humanly possible. Ebern Designs Adreina Floating Desk, $, available at WayfairHAY Portable LampThe summer of the mushroom lamp is in full swing, so why not go with a version that’s entirely mobile? Sans wires, this little light fixture can travel from your bedside to your desk to your kitchen counter and right out into the socially distant world without requiring that you track down an available outlet. Hay Pierre Chapin Portable LED Lamp, $, available at HayEbern Designs Aeon DeskPull up a chair and WFH at this small, bookcase-meets-workstation, or step back and let it work as a handy decorative shelf for all your prized apartment baubles. Ebern Designs Aeon Desk, $, available at WayfairTrudeau Sectional Sofa With StorageBack to the whole modular furniture thing: This cloudy gray sectional works as a storage container, and you’d never know it. Cost Plus World Market Trudeau Sectional Sofa With Storage, $, available at Cost Plus World MarketLevenger Magazine Side TableIt’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Clark Kent of side tables! Aka it has hidden-magazine-rack superpowers.Levenger Magazine Side Table, $, available at LevengerOpen Spaces Entryway RackDesigned to live wherever you might need it, this plenty chic moveable shelf operates as a spice rack, shoe storage, a desk organizer, or just a cute place to arrange plants. Open Spaces Entryway Rack, $, available at Open SpacesBed Bath & Beyond Snack TablePair your handy folding stool with this even handier folding snack table and you’ve got yourself a convertible solo-dining setup your Zooming roomies will envy. Bed Bath and Beyond Single Stand Snack Table in Natural, $, available at Bed Bath and BeyondAnthropologie Workspace Monitor StandIt’s not a regular monitor stand, it’s a cool monitor stand. And if your WFH set-up has been commandeered by a massive, hulking monitor, at least snag this stand for convenient notebook and pen storage. Anthropologie Workspace Monitor Stand, $, available at AnthropologieUrban Outfitters Marte VanityYou’d be hard-pressed to find a chicer AND more functional vanity. With a broad, flat surface and three spacious storage segments (two drawers and a middle console with a fold-down mirror-top), this pretty piece can double as everything from a stylish workspace to a serene set for filming all your quarantine beauty vlogs.Urban Outfitters Marte Vanity, $, available at Urban OutfittersWorld Market Studio Day SofaSofa by day, bed by night — and chaise lounge on the weekends. Cost Plus World Market Studio Day Sofa, $, available at Cost Plus World MarketUncommon Goods Hanging Cocktail BarRight about now, even the smallest of spaces is deserving of its own bar. If you’re low on square footage, then consider this fold-out and wall-mounted piece with plenty of glass and cocktail-accouterment storage — even when the bar is not folded out for full-on mixology ventures.Uncommon Goods HANGING COCKTAIL BAR, $, available at Uncommon GoodsBurrow Bento Coffee TableInspired by the convenient compartmentalized sections of a bento box, this coffee table offers plenty of built-in, segmented storage — while the tabletop is made of three removable and rearrangeable trays (all of which make great lap desks or drink trays when they’re not resting on the table). Burrow Bento Coffee Table, $, available at BurrowMercer41 Bridgeton 2-Piece Storage Ottoman SetIt’s not one but two poufs — that you can hide all your mostly-functioning extension cords and miscellaneous throws inside. Mercer41 Bridgeton 2 Piece Storage Ottoman Set, $, available at WayfairWorld Market Galvin Rolling CartWhat could be more convertible than furniture on wheels? Slide this mobile tiered cart next to a desk or a table to maximize storage space; let it live bedside as a nightstand, or scoot it beside the couch as a convenient accent table; heck, wheel it on into the kitchen and use it as a rustic bar cart for your burgeoning booze collection.Cost Plus World Market 4-Shelf Wooden Gavin Rolling Cart, $, available at Cost Plus World MarketHoney Can Do Black Bar CartStore your pots, kitchen utensils, and pans away while also having a shelf for food prep, bowls, and cutesy decor items in your kitchen area. Honey Can Do Black Bar Cart, $, available at ZulilyFloyd The Floyd Shelving SystemAll hail the era of modular furniture: This Floyd shelf is built to expand and scale down at your leisure. Tack on adjoining pieces when you’ve got space to build up, or allow your lower shelves to live side by side for additional desk or counter space. Feel free to mix, match, and rearrange when you’re in desperate need of a refresh. Floyd The Floyd Shelving System, $, available at FloydUrban Outfitters Reid Side Table Convertible SofaWe’re big fans of functional furniture that also packs a pleasing punch; just take a look at this sofa-table. With a side table built-in, you won’t have to worry about reaching for the coffee table anymore. Urban Outfitters Reid Side Table Convertible Sofa, $, available at Urban OutfittersLike what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?Useful Items To Enhance Your WFH Skills This Fall38 Clever Items That Will Open Up Your Small SpaceThe Top-Reviewed Loveseats For Small Spaces

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