11 Pieces of Furniture with Awesome Secondary Purposes
Furniture is a pricey acquisition, as you want to spend enough to get really solid pieces that’ll last a while, but not spend so much you can only afford a single couch for your entire home. It’s a tricky balance, finding that middle ground of cost and value, and it’s unfortunately not something every homeowner is good at. So with that in mind, we’ve scoured the internet for furniture items that can do double duty, giving you the best of all worlds.

Steamer Trunk/Rolling Work Space

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If you’ve got a small space or just want to create an eclectic atmosphere, then this piece by Restoration Hardware is just for you. It’s designed to look like a steamer trunk from generations ago, and opens up to become a rolling, portable work space, complete with desk and shelves.

Dining Table/Pool Table

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Aramith makes a really neat double duty piece of furniture that will appeal to gamesters and fashionistas alike: a dining table that slides open to reveal a pool table that they call their Fusion Tables. Whether you’re hesitant to splurge on both because of either cost or lack of space, you don’t have to worry about making a tough choice ever again. It’s a simple, elegant design that can easily fit into living space.

Work Desk/Treadmill

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One of the trends we’re seeing today is busy, busy workers-from-home looking to add a degree of exercise and physicality to their routines, instead of lounging around and taking years off their lives. Enter, the work desk that doubles as a treadmill. It works by having hydraulics lift the desk to a comfortable standing height, revealing a treadmill underneath for a quick walk or run. If this sounds right to you, check out Steelcase to get on it (no pun intended).

Couch/Bunk Beds

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When space is at a premium and you have to sleep many bodies, it’s just not possible to outfit your home with all the beds and couches you’d like. There’s simply not enough space, and you don’t want to bring guests over and ask them to pole vault from room to room. Instead, check out BonBon, a company that fashions stylish, modern-looking couches that unfold to become space-saving bunk beds.


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Unless you’re over six feet tall and have a long wingspan, there are going to be times when you need a little help reaching for items way high up. It’s not very practical to carry a ladder around with you from room to room, and it’s unsightly to have a ladder leaning against the wall in each room. Climbing on counters and chairs does work, yes, but there’s a better, more elegant solution: ladders that unfold from the seats of chairs, made by Stonewall Kitchen.


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There are some combinations in life, like peanut butter and jam or banana and chocolate, that are just made for each other. And then there are combinations, like lamb and tuna fish, that just make you scratch your head in confusion. The mirror-table from DesignRulz falls into the latter category, until you see how beautifully it works. This wood-styled folding table is great to use as a kitchen table; when you’re done, fold up the legs and turn it over to reveal a mirror, which you can easily hang on the wall.

Bookcase/Room Divider

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In a lot of condos and all rented apartments, putting up walls is either not allowed or a huge and expensive hassle. While homeowners can do whatever they want with their houses (keeping them structurally sound, of course), it’s a very expensive and time-consuming process. If you want to divide rooms but don’t want to go that route, or have it look cheap by hanging a curtain from the ceiling, there’s another option: a double-sided bookcase that’s tall enough to act as a room divider. Just make sure you get one with a solid piece going down the inside middle for extra privacy.

Small Table/BIG Table

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Console tables are the simply-constructed tables you find in foyers and hallways that hold up artsy objects and small lamps, and tend to mostly function as fashion pieces in the home. They’re small, easy to clean, are light to carry, and can be used in many different scenarios. We’ve found one by Resource Furniture that does that last function really well, as this Goliath console table slides out to form a huge table that can seat up to 14 people.


We used to think only sci-fi shows and cartoons had the magical ability to change one room into another in the blink of an eye, but AvroKo has made that a reality. The morphing kitchen-appliance wall slides back on a track after meals are done, and is replaced by a guest room with a TempurPedic bed, leather soundproofed walls, and integrated lighting and outlets. It was such a huge hit that the first time it hit the markets, it was completely snapped up.

Nightstand/Dog Crate

For owners of furry puppies everywhere, a dog bed or crate is an essential part of having a dog. They need a place to sleep and call their own, but the trouble is that a ratty, pilled dog bed isn’t the prettiest thing to look at. But a company called America Outdoor has remedied that problem by designing a very stylish dog bed that doubles as a nightstand or small table, with a lockable door for your pooch to get in and out of. The front has a circular opening cut out so entry and exit aren’t a problem.

Murphy Bed

One of the most classic pieces of furniture that does double duty, the Murphy bed extends down to form a regular bed and then can be pushed up against the wall to instantly become a wall unit. Way back when, Murphy beds used to be unsightly things that screamed cheap and lazy, but they’ve come a long way since. Now, they look like elegant, high-quality beds, and fold up to become very attractive wall units in a variety of materials and colors.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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