Worth Looking For: 7 Vintage Pieces That Are Perfect for Small Spaces

Worth Looking For: 7 Vintage Pieces That Are Perfect for Small Spaces

Nancy Mitchell
Jan 28, 2016
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We've written about modern classics that are great for small spaces and the best IKEA products for small spaces — but furniture doesn't have to be new to be a great fit for your little apartment. Whether you're hunting at an antique store, a garage sale, or in your grandma's attic, here are seven vintage pieces that are an unexpectedly great fit for a small space.

China cabinets/armoires.
This is a great way to add a little extra clothes storage (and shoe storage!) to an apartment with small closets.

Piano stools (and milking stools too).
Stools are some of the best and most versatile pieces for small spaces - they can function as end tables, nightstands, plant stands, or, of course, seating. Most vintage piano stools are even adjustable to different heights.

Piano benches.
A piano bench can function either as a coffee table or a bench - and there’s storage inside to boot.

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Secretary cabinets.
We can't say enough about the importance of storage in small spaces, especially hidden storage. A vintage secretary can provide a great place to tuck away your things, as well as a work surface that can be folded up when not in use. It's also a great place for your home bar.

Hall/console tables.
Easily repurposed as a slim laptop desk.

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It’s like a table that you can put things in! For storage potential, no other side table alternative out there beats a trunk.

Bar carts.
Most bar carts have two qualities that are very desirable for furniture in a small space: shelves, which mean you can stack lots of stuff on them, and wheels, which means they can easily travel anywhere you might happen to need them at the moment. Even if drinking isn't your thing, consider that one of these guys might make the perfect side table, or nightstand, or coffee table — really, they can do anything.

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