10 Savvy Space-Saving Living Room Furniture Ideas For Your Home

by Mehnaz Farooque | January 28, 2024 | 9 mins read

Amazing space saving living room furniture ideas for your home

Make your living area spacious and airy with these super functional living room furniture ideas

And all the laughter echoed between the walls of the living room!

Yes, the living room is the heart of a house where most of the happening things occur. Be it watching the favourite TV show finale with family or chatting with friends around the coffee table, your living room witnesses all the get-togethers at home. That is why selecting the right kind of living room furniture is of utmost importance. But what’s more important is to choose innovative furniture that adds value to your living area. Now, when we say adding value, we don’t just mean aesthetics. Creative furniture looks good and is super functional.

So today, we won’t just give you some fancy living room furniture ideas but help you save space in your living room and make more room for joy, laughter and everything lovely. We’ve got you 12 unique space-saving living room furniture ideas that will renovate your living area most functionally.

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Use Multifunctional TV Unit As A Space-Saving Living Room Furniture

TV units are like the heartbeat of living rooms. They are in every house, and they are the essential living room furniture. But TV units also take a lot of space in your living area, which is crucial if you have a small living room. Therefore, the best way to tackle this is to go for a super space-saving, multipurpose TV unit that allows you to keep your space organised and clutter-free. The TV unit shown below comes with a floating unit with a mixture of open and closed cabinets. The best part? The TV screen unit has a lift-up option with a storage shelf beneath. The unit beautifully conceals the TV, the set-top box and remotes, along with other display items like books, artefacts, flower vases, etc. This functional TV unit is the best way to make space in your living area without compromising the furniture.

A wall-mounted tv unit with a mixture of open and closed cabinets is the best space-saving living room furniture.
A space-saving multifunctional TV unit for modular living room interiors

A Nesting Coffee Table Gives More Room For Living Room Essentials

A coffee table is the essence of your living room’s seating area. It is the epicentre of the room’s interiors that binds everything else. But it is also often perceived as an accessory, mainly because it doesn’t do much more than housing two-three coffee mugs. However, what if you can add more surface area to your coffee table? It will be more than just a coffee mug table and a place to throw your feet while watching TV. To do this, you would need to rethink coffee tables and go for modern modular furniture like this nesting table. It takes almost the same space as a regular coffee table but lets you shelve your magazines, books, ashtrays, etc. The living room set-up, as shown, also shows another space-saving furniture idea with the sofa that comes with an attached floating side table. It doesn’t take any floor space and lets you enjoy the perks of a side table!

Space-saving living room with nesting coffee table saves space and makes a design statement with l-shaped grey sofa.
A living room nesting coffee table that saves space and makes a design statement

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A Bookshelf With Hidden Compartments Can Be Ideal For Space-Saving Living Room Furniture

If you are a bibliophile and have a less spacious house, we know the pain! Believe it or not, books and artefacts take a lot of space, especially if you have a small living area. After all, how many books can you shelve in the TV unit? Therefore, you can invest in a bookshelf that has more space than a regular one. Here, we have a TV unit with an attached bookshelf that is quite different from standard open shelves. It has two pull-out chambers which, when not used, can be stacked in. The vertical pull-out bookshelf chambers take minimum space but let you have the same storage amount as any regular open bookshelf. The unit also adds an aesthetic appeal to the living area by letting you enjoy a clutter-free, neat living area interior.

Space-saving living room furniture, the small living room has a bookshelf with hidden compartments attached to the tv unit.
A modern living room with a TV unit with pull-out bookshelves

A DIY Shoe Rack-Cum-Shelf Is Always A Good Idea For Space-Saving Living Room Furniture

Do you have a foyer without space to shelve your shoes, shopping bags, etc.? Why not use this type of shoe rack to properly shelve your shoes and sandals and let you have an open shelf area where you can place different things such as bags, flower pots, etc. This wooden shoe rack is the perfect example of a shoe shelf-cum-display organiser with a rustic appeal. This won’t just save space in your living room but also add a creative look to the place. You can also check out the bamboo coat hanger that utilises the space above the shoe rack. This type of furniture is suitable for living areas that have a more millennial appeal to it.

Space-saving living room idea, white living room with DIY shoe rack cum shelve adds a creative look to the place.
A rustic shoe rack design for living room’s entrance

This Space-Saving Side Table Is A Great Way Of Adding More Storage

Side tables are usually used for completing the interior design symmetry of your living room. They are also efficient to have in your seating area and let you access your food and drinks without bending forward to reach for the centre table. But a side table can do more than this. The one shown below comes with a shelf unit with a storage cabinet that will help you keep everything organised. This side table is ideal for placing display articles like artefacts, books, vases, etc., in your seating area. The trick is to keep your living room spacious and clutter-free.

The living cum dining area with a side table with a storage cabinet is space-saving living room furniture.
A space-saving side table design for living room
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Switch Regular Couch To Creative Futons To Add Space

If you require a bedding type set-up for your living room along with a couch but have no space, switch to some unconventional couch set-ups like the one shown below. This is a futon set-up with a mattress type of setting that allows you to unfold it and set it up as a bed. And when not in use, you can fold it up and create a couch setting like any other living room seating area. The futon, which originated in Japan, is a padded mattress that can be rolled up and folded at your convenience. This type of couch set-up is ideal for small living rooms where there is not enough space for a bed and a couch. You can use this type of space-saving living room furniture if you have guests coming over and you are in dire need of an extra bed.

Space-saving living room furniture, the white living room has a futon that saves more space and acts as a couch.
A futon for a living room couch saves more space than you can think

A Foldable Murphy Bed-Cum-Sofa Is a Great Living Room Modular Furniture Choice

If a futon bed is not your style, why not have a real bed in your living room without compromising your couch set-up space? Well, this Murphy bed-cum-sofa set is ideal for small houses that have constrained space issues. The bed is attached to a glass-front wardrobe with loft storage unconventional for living room set-ups. However, the mirror front of the wardrobe adds a glamorous appeal to the living area. Besides, it comes with an attached Murphy bed-cum-sofa that takes a lot less space than any regular bed. When not in use, the bed can be folded up, and the couch can be used as a typical living room seating.

Foldable Murphy bed cum sofa is space-saving living room furniture and ideal for small houses.
Save a lot of room in your living area with this Murphy bed-cum-sofa

How About Adding A Little Dining Nook With A Space-Saving Living Room Table?

Most Indian living rooms come with an attached dining area, making everything very crowded if you don’t have enough space. A dining table occupies a lot of space, making it difficult to include anything else in the room. However, modular furniture solutions bring many space-saving ideas that can help you maximise your house’s space. For example, here’s a crockery unit with an attached folding dining table that serves the purpose of less space and more convenience. As you can see, the crockery unit’s front opens into a folding table where two people can easily dine without any space issues. The table doesn’t take much of the floor area, letting you have a spacious living room.

A small living room cum dining area with a yellow foldable dining table is creative space-saving living room furniture.
A foldable dining table for living areas-cum-dining room

Believe It Or Not, Glass Partitions Can Be An Ideal Space-Saving Living Room Furniture

Open living rooms usually come with adjoined rooms that often overshadows the living area. This is why most people use partitions to delineate the living area from the other rooms. But most of these partitions become an obstruction that makes spaces look smaller. However, using transparent partitions can create continuous visibility in the room that makes it look spacious. As shown in the picture, bi-folding glass partitions bring an airy vibe that makes places well-ventilated. This type of folding partition doors also adds appeal to the interiors without blocking or obstructing anything. The folding mechanism also allows you to have more space compared to standard hinged doors. Therefore, you won’t need to make extra space for the doors to open. So, if you have space issues in your living room but can’t undo the partition, use these space-saving glass partitions.

Space-saving living room idea, bi-folding glass partitions between rooms bring an airy vibe and appeal to the interiors.
Glass partition is a great way to divide rooms without obstructing openness

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Floating Shelves Can Be The Ideal Space-Saving Living Room Furniture Addition

The living room needs shelves and storage units to display decorative articles and other essentials like magazines, books, etc. But these units usually take a lot of space — allowing you less area for seating. Therefore, the right way to make room in your living room is by utilising the wall space of your living room. Besides the decor, walls can be great for purposeful furniture like the floating shelf shown in the picture. The shelf takes no floor space and perfectly utilises the wall area. The wall-mounted floating shelves are perfect for displaying small articles like artefacts, flower pots, magazines, TV remotes, etc. The shelf uses the wall space that otherwise remains unoccupied, and its sleek design elevates the aesthetics of the room’s interiors.

The living room has unique floating shelves that appeal to the interior and the best space-saving living room idea.
Use your living room’s wall space with these functional floating shelve designs

There you are — 10 super fancy, functional and space-saving living room furniture ideas that will surely bring more space for you. The furniture pieces are selected to specially fit modern Indian apartments that usually have less space. So now, save space and move freely around your living room.

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Mehnaz Farooque is a content writer at designcafe

Mehnaz Farooque

Mehnaz is a creative content writer at Design Cafe who is often found obsessing over Ghalib's Urdu poetry or J.K.Rowling's books. She believes in this world of social assumptions and opinions, memes are the only way to make life better. Her love for detailing inspired her to write about interior design. If not working on a blog or binging on her favourite show F.R.I.E.N.D.S, she's dreaming about spending time in the mountains.

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