In my house space is at a premium, so I don’t have extra beds for the extra kids.

Space-saving is a must, at least to me. I must admit I do freak out when there’s stuff all over the house. What if that “stuff” is big pieces like FURNITURE. That’s why I am constantly on the lookout for compact, yet convenient products.

So far, I have purchased a few items that either store away in small places or are re-purposed for everyday use.

Convertible Beanbag Chair

The first item that I use is a staple in any kid’s bedroom: the beanbag chair. You may be asking, “How would that solve my space issue for sleepovers?” This piece cleverly tucks a mattress into the shell of the chair.

A Convertible Beanbag is a patented, foam-filled beanbag chair that converts to a bed. Remove the cover and reveal a bed! It’s that simple. Choose from five sizes: Youth, Full, Queen, King or the ultimate King Sofa with two king size foam beds inside.

You have probably heard of it, since it was featured on Shark Tank and they were able to successfully negotiate a deal with Lori Greiner. (Below you can watch my twin and I debate if it’s actually a chair or a mattress!)

They are standard-size beds so your existing sheets will fit. Add a Pillow Pod (ottoman with two emperor-size pillows inside) for extra comfort. Purchase a bed protector for peace of mind. Order extra covers for fresh looks. This Convertible Bean Bag is also lifetime guaranteed.

Multi-Purpose Loungers

The next space saving item that my children use is also multi-purpose: a lounger, no wait, it’s a mattress, no wait it’s a chair. This lounger is a three-way item, but once a kid gets over 100 pounds, it really isn’t that useful as a chair or lounger. It’s very compact, and the mattress setting works for people up to 6 feet tall.

I love how portable this item is, and I can just fold it up and tuck it into the corner of a closet when not in use. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have the same day to day utility as the bean bag chair. Whether you’re relaxing, studying or just taking a power nap this lounger is for you!

The Tried & True Cot

My final option for extra kids: cots really shine at the campsite, but it can serve as a proper bed for a sleepover. It is the perfect multi-purpose portable bed.

With a cot you can take the comfort of an indoor bed with you when you sleep outside or go camping. It is comfortable enough to provide you with the rest you need for a big day of exploring the outdoors.

I have had this one cot for YEARS now—the strong steel frame is durable and will make sure you’ll always have a great place to sleep, season after season. When you’re ready to pack up, the cot folds up compactly and fits inside most car trunks.

All these things each help me save space and I like having a variety of options for when I have more than one extra child spending the night at my house, or vice versa since they are easy to pack in the back of my car.

Since these items are compact andconvenient, they can be stowed away easily if, like me, you’re not a big fan of clutter or always looking for something simple and minimal.

For anyone trying to make the most of a small space, or living in a limited space apartment or home, MAXIMIZING space is essential.

With multi-purpose, convertible and convenient furniture, you can use your space efficiently and conquer small space living like a boss. Space-saving furniture doesn’t necessarily need to be trendy, but it’s nice to know that they do exist.

I haven’t mastered small-space living yet, but I do consider this a good start. Space-saving furniture, as well as compact, easy-to-store away and minimal items play a BIG role in my everyday life.

These multi-purpose furniture pieces are what I’m shopping for going forward. It’s like my main goal, my New Year’s resolution. Some people want to hit the gym—I, on the other hand, want to keep my space simple, clean and decluttered.


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