Home Furnishings for Small Spaces

Products and lessons to live by for the small house and apartment.

By Randy Gragg March 22, 2013 Published in the April 2013 issue of Portland Monthly

Images (Left To Right): Courtesy Knife And Saw; Courtesy Hive Modern; Courtesy Tre ; Courtesy Altura ; Courtesy Duravit ; Courtesy Orange22;


The (Original)Bike Shelf by Knife and Saw 
A bookshelf and bike rack in a handy design that can be made in walnut or ash.$299

One Night Stand by Blu Dot
Multipurpose gets a new spin in this seductive new couch design.$1,799 

Multi-Function Table byTre 
Coffee table, computer table, or tray table, this bent wood piece can be flipped on its feet.$122

Duette Extension Table by Altura
This sumptuously (and locally) crafted line marries flexibility with elegance.$13,350–15,000

Openspace Shower by Duravit
The ultimate space saver/expander folds into the wall and doubles as a mirror.Prices vary.

Wall Desk by Orange 22
A handy desk drawer slides in and out.$699 

Images (Top To Bottom): Courtesy Esque ; Courtesy Resource Furniture; Courtesy Dwr; Courtesy Ikea ; Courtesy Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams


Silver Drop Pendant by Esque
Expand any room with elegant, blown-glass lights by the renowned Portland-based studio. $1,800–2,000 

Murphy Bed by Resource Furniture
These customizable beds can be combined with tables or couches. Prices vary.

Matera Bed by DWR
Plenty of storage underneath, but still light on its feet. $1,800–2,625 

Foster Nesting Table by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams
Simple, durable, and timeless. $796 1106 W Burnside St 

Kitchen Wall Organizers by Ikea
The Grundtal modular wall system has hooks and looks for small kitchens. Prices vary. 

Images (Top To Bottom): Courtesy David Bertman ; Courtesy Semigood Design; Courtesy Hive Modern; Courtesy West Elm; Courtesy Ann Sacks; Courtesy Cb2


Boom Wire Frame Bookcase by David Bertman Designs
This Portland studio’s airy design holds the books lightly. $950 

Faceted Mirror Side Table by West Elm
This angular piece reflects light to expand Robby Facer’s tiny apartment. $199 

Smart Glass Top Coffee Table by CB2
Sleek and barely there, this table holds drinks without wasting any space. $199 

ASC Modern by Ann Sacks
This simple, rich line by 19-year Sacks veteran designer Deedee Gundberg allows multiple motifs from one simple pattern. From $75/square foot 

Real Good Chair by Blu Dot
Comfort meets compactness in this flatpack copper chair that Dao Architecture sourced for the Hu-Hsieh house. $299 

Rian Dining Chair by Semigood Design
This Seattle studio’s Rian Collection pays homage to midcentury without aping it. $1,580 

Images (Top To Bottom): Courtesy Kid Collective, By Alex Nguyen; Courtesy Dave Haleston ; Courtesy Studio Moe ; Courtesy Jonathan Adler ; Courtesy Pratt & Larson ; Courtesy Kush ; Courtesy Studio Gorm


Leather Hex Sling by Kid Collective
Simple lines, lots of empty space, and (locally made with oiled natural English bridle leather and hand-sewn) impeccable style. $500–600

Oslo LakeCoffee Table by Studio Moe
Beautiful, clear, and Portland-made. $825 

Claude Bench by Jonathan Adler
Light on its feet, modular, and configurable, it’s storage and a bench combined. $1,890 

Kilim by Adana Nomads
The elegant, earthy roughness of this ’20s-era Anatolian rug would focus any room, large or small. $2,100 Kush Rugs, 205 NW 10th Ave

#3 Fabric Chair by Studio Gorm
This Eugene-based firm prizes clean lines and function: hang a coat or blanket on the bar in back. $390 

Scraffito by Pratt & Larson
Underglazing and rubbed colors give Michael Pratt’s newest line a subtle sense of the Orient. $60/square foot1201 SE Third Ave,

Leman Chair by Camerich 
Classic comfort in clean, casual leather and steel. $1,065 Hip, 1829 NW 25th Ave, 

Take a closer look at these space-conscious designs (and find out how to bring them home) by checking out our Pinterest board.

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