The Best Taobao Stores for Smart, Space-Saving Furniture
It needs to be practical. Be able to store all your knick-knacks and worldly possessions. And preferably still provide you enough space to squeeze in something extra on the side (like a Gundam figurine collection). No, you're not asking too much out of your 500 sqft home, is it?
Definitely not! From compact, apartment-friendly pieces to multipurpose furniture, these home furnishing stores on Taobao make the idea of living in a tiny space totally achieveable (and dare we say it?) ultra-cool.
Serving up mid-century inspired furniture with a space-saving slant, Mulin’s range of cherry wood, brass-knobbed pieces are a sight for sore eyes! We like that their slim-cut designs often come with thoughtful, functional touches.
A bedside table and vanity all in one, the top shelf of the table can be flipped up to reveal a mirror. The vanity even comes with a slide-out surface that can be used as a convenient laptop stand.
The perfect display for showcasing your favourite books, magazines or random knick knacks, this cabinet provides additional storage space in the back, along with grips for hooking up electrical wires for a neat look.
2. 静研 / Jingyan
For something a little sleeker and cosmopolitan, try Jingyan's range of dark walnut and light oak pieces. Featuring slim, curved profiles in timeless shapes, the store's furniture range is great for space-starved homes looking to make the most of their limited square footage.
The aptly named ‘Everyone’s Desk’ is a slim, classic piece that comes in various lengths (starting from 0.95m!) to suit different needs and room sizes. The desk comes with a slide-out drawer, niches for propping up pens, books and electronic devices plus hooks on the sides for hanging backpacks.
Making the most of every corner, this lightweight coat rack can be used to hang a multitude of items – clothes, bags, umbrellas, even shoes at the bottom.
Don't want a built-in shoe cabinet? This standalone piece comes with an accompanying footstool that can be seamlessly tucked underneath, reducing any unwanted clutter.
原始原素’s offers up an extensive collection of multi-functional furniture and bed frames made of solid wood, bringing a stylish, homely touch to space-constrained homes.
Available in Queen sizes (great for smaller bedrooms!), this all-in-one oak storage bed comes complete with two pull-out drawers, two compartments big enough to fit a suitcase, a headboard with storage niches, plus a charging port for your electronics.
Alternatively, this slightly chunkier bed frame includes two enclosed cabinets and two shelves by its headboard for more bedside storage.
A classic model, this simple, 0.9m long dining table made from solid oak can be extended to as long as 1.55m, enough for seating up to 8 guests.
We can't get enough of Ziinlife's, unique, one-of-a-kind (and borderline genius) furniture! No surprise that the brand's range of well-designed goods have even been featured on the likes of Elle Decoration China for their smart, multi-purpose and shape-shifting properties.
Designed for tea drinkers in mind, this surprisingly roomy coffee table comes with a compartment for fitting in an entire water tank, a niche for fitting in a water supply tube and electrical cables. Basically, everything you need to conduct a full scale tea ceremony, right in the comforts of your living room.
There's more to this oddly-shaped end-table than meets the eye! Pull its top up and it becomes a mini-wardrobe rack! Or stow away the legs - and it turns into a portable suitcase that you can shift around and place anywhere in your house. Magic.
When space is at a premium, every square foot counts! This quirky bar top can be propped against a wall to create a compact, dining corner. It even has a collapsible side that can be 'curled' up for a shorter length.
Just another innocuous cabinet? Think again - flip up its bottom doors to transform the piece into a handy dining table for two.
It's like getting two coffee tables for the price (and size) of one! Designed to look like a standalone set, the compact ½ Coffee Table can be pulled out into two, full-sized pieces for more tabletop space when guests come over.
Yes, they are made from kraft paper, but 十八纸’s collapsible, modular furniture might just be the space-saving furniture centrepiece to your compact home! Each of their accordion-like pieces are sturdy enough to hold the weights of multiple people at once, and are even waterproof.
Stop clogging up your storeroom with clunky stackable chairs. Why not get these space-saving ‘books’, which can be extended fully to become cute, handy stools for extra guests?
Looking for something a bit larger? The store also stocks up foldable benches which can be extended till 150cm and seat up to 3 guests. Best part? You can twist and curl them however you like to fit your room's layout.
If you're still skeptical about how a paper chair could hold up an entire person's body weight, perhaps consider getting this fold-out end table for propping up lighter objects.
If you're looking for more function than form in your private space, head to 华纳斯’s page to check out their range of ultra-practical furniture, featuring pieces jam packed with storage compartments or collapsible elements.
It's hard to imagine, but this slim, wood slab stowed at a corner can actually be extended out into not just a 2-seater table top, but twice its size to fit 4 diners!
Talk about a coffee table that's full of surprises - on one side, its top can be lifted up to reveal a hidden storage niche and doubles as a laptop stand. On another, it has a movable tray which can be removed to place snacks or drinks on the side!
If you're looking for Nordic-themed furniture (and have a thing for pastels like mint green and baby blue), this Taobao store would be straight up your alley. Of course, colours aside they do stock some seriously practical finds perfect for compact apartments, like…
Who needs 4 separate cabinets when you can have one – that even swivels? Not only does it have a full-length mirror, the piece also comes with a mini-wardrobe, pull-out jewelry compartment, makeup shelves and drawer on its other sides.
Yes, you can compress your entire dining room into one slim cabinet - as this foldable dining table proves. Here, its drawers and shelves can be used to store utensils and dinnerware, while cabinet fronts can be propped up to form a full-scale tabletop that seats 6. Even better? It has wheels, so you can wine and dine, wherever you like.
This sofa set's modular pieces can be mixed, matched and rearranged to suit different lifestyle needs! From a 3-seater with ottoman configuration to a sofa bed or spacious 2-seater with side table, every seat cushion even comes with storage compartments underneath for extra functionality.
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